Drone Task Force Recommends Simple Registration Process for Owners
NEWS ANALYSIS: The Unmanned Aircraft Systems Registration Task Force recommends making the drone registration process as easy as possible to encourage compliance.The Unmanned Aircraft Systems Registration Task Force delivered its much-anticipated recommendations for drone registration to the Federal Aviation Administration on schedule, Nov. 20. The recommendations will likely form the basis for the FAA's new rules for drone registration, which are slated to go into effect shortly before Christmas 2015. The recommendations aren't onerous. While there may be some changes in the final regulations, the task force recommendations urge the FAA to adopt a Web-based application process that would also allow access via applications on mobile phones and other mobile devices. The registration applies to owners of drones, rather than to manufacturers or sellers. Drone owners would be required to register, but only one registration per owner would be required. The registration would apply regardless of the number of drones a person owns. The owner would be required to display the registration number somewhere on their drones where it can be seen clearly and where it would not require the use of tools to access. The registration number can be displayed on the outside of the drone's body, or it can be inside, perhaps inside a battery compartment, provided tools aren't required to bring it into view.
The task force also recommends that device serial numbers, where they exist, be allowed in drone registration instead of numbers assigned by the FAA. That would mean that if the serial number could be found somewhere on the outside of the drone, or behind a cover that could be opened without tools, then it could be used instead of one assigned by the FAA.