FAA Releases Proposed Drone Regulations To Take Effect Before The Holidays

By Mark Lelinwalla, Tech Times | November 23, 2:08 PM

Can the Federal Aviation Administration beat out the blitz of drones sold this holiday season by installing several strict rules?

Well, it seems like it’s going to try. The New York Times is reporting that the FAA outlined proposed drone regulations in a report released Monday, with the aim that they’re approved ahead of an influx of new drone owners expected this holiday season.

With the Consumer Technology Association estimating that 400,000 drones will be sold this holiday season, such proposed regulations would see to it that every one of those unmanned aircraft would have to be registered with the federal government with the machine’s information stored in a national database, according to the Times.

The rules would have owners registering their unmanned aircraft with the federal government with the machine's information stored in a national database. Each drone would have to have a registration number marked on it. (Photo : Bruce Bennett | Getty Images News)

The rules would have owners registering their unmanned aircraft with the federal government with the machine’s information stored in a national database. Each drone would have to have a registration number marked on it.
(Photo : Bruce Bennett | Getty Images News)

The process will mark each drone with a registration number, while the Times reports that owners will have the option of submitting their names, addresses, email addresses and phone numbers for the federal database as well.

The newspaper is also reporting that the FAA created a special drone task force within its agency to help make these proposed regulations.

Despite this appearing as a crackdown on drones, the FAA’s task force seemingly wants the public to know that it compromised with tech companies to not have the rules be as strict as they might appear.

“We tried to write it in as generic a flavor as possible,” said head of Google X’s drone project, Dave Vos, to the Times.

He added that, with the “consensus we reached, everyone is quite happy here.”

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