Yesterday we talked about drones in Droning On. As expected the FAA did have a few things to say about the new rules and regulations for owners of drones. Transportation Secretary, Anthony Foxx, led the conversation and hit on the high level (so to speak) points of the new rules. They include. . .
- Drone Owners will be required to register their drones
- Registration of your drone also requires you (the owner /operator) to learn the rules
- Once you know the rules, if you break them, you will be in trouble and may face fines or other legal action
- The FAA is developing an app to let you know if there are any restrictions in the airspace where you intend to fly your drone
- A task force of government and industry stake holders has been formed to continue to help clarify the new rules, future rules and safety rules that apply to drones
A host of individuals from various agencies and organizations were on hand to also participate in the announcement. You can watch the entire press conference below.
[actual conference starts at the 9:44 mark in the video]
In September the FAA also posted a video featuring the San Francisco 49ers that talks about drone safety. I would expect that the FAA will have a number of new videos about the subject. Not a bad plan to use celebrities and sports figures if the videos reach the right audience.
Owners will not be required to get a license but they will be asked to register their drones. One would argue that new owners may be required to register but many drones exist that were previously purchased that may or may not be registered. As these things typically go the law abiding citizens will register. The individuals that wish to use drones for illegal activities may be a little less cooperative. What do you think?
Erik Hultman (a.k.a. E) is the Founder and President of ÜberBlue Digital Media: A New Awakening for Brands, Businesses, Individuals and Agencies. He is also founder of the North Shore Entrepreneurial Network (NSEN) in the Chicago Area.