Task force to look at registration requirements for drones

U.S. transportation officials said Monday they have developed a task force that will evaluate and create recommendations for the registration requirements of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), commonly referred to as drones.

The task force will include 25 to 30 experts from the manned and UAS aviation industries, the U.S. government and other representatives.

“Registering unmanned aircraft will help build a culture of accountability and responsibility, especially with new users who have no experience operating in the U.S. aviation system,” Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said. “It will help protect public safety in the air and on the ground.”

The panel will serve as advisers for the Transportation Department about the aircraft that should be excluded from registration because of their low safety risks, such as toys and similar small UAS items.

“Registration will help make sure that operators know the rules and remain accountable to the public for flying their unmanned aircraft responsibly,” Federal Aviation Administration Administrator Michael Huerta said. “When they don’t fly safely, they’ll know there will be consequences.”

In addition, the task force will discuss options concerning a streamlined system to simplify registration for commercial UAS operators. The panel may also have additional safety recommendations.

The report is scheduled to be released Nov. 20.

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