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US will reportedly require consumers to register their dronesIf you get a new drone this holiday season, you might have to register it with the US government. According to a report from NBC News, the US is ready to announce new requirements for consumers purchasing drones, the most notable of which is that you'll need to register it with the department of transportation. It's part of a plan to make sure that drones don't end up colliding with aircraft flying in and out of airports, something that has the government rightly concerned. (www.engadget.com) More...
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Ah yes, the perfect solution... from a politicians point of view. Elected representatives will be able to loudly proclaim (during their next set of campaign commercials) that they "took action" against the problem, and added hundreds of new jobs at the same time; while at the same time raise revenue (registration fees and taxes) for their pet pork projects; while actually doing nothing to alleviate the problem because the folks who don't want to comply with it will always find a way around it. Register under a false name, buy any of the hundreds of thousands sitting on dusty shelves in people's garage or storage room after they lost interest, buy stolen ones, hijack ones in flight, or, as generations of hobbyists have done for many years now, build your own.
Your apparent low regard for our 'representatives' still seems higher than mine.
Yes Bernie, another piece of legislation, regulations, fees, and of course additional government staff to keep us 'safe from ourselves'....... What could possibly go wrong ?
Since it works so well with guns I'm sure this will work superbly. It still comes down to common sense. And training. Sadly you can't train common sense. As much as I hate government intervention, I'm all for high fines for those caught being morons and requiring a sport or private pilot license. The higher end models such as DJI all collect the flight log data, mine has a map, logs flight hours and everything, manufacturers need to implement this into all of their UAVs, when you buy it, the s/n registers to your name. Anything that is illegal, gets reported.
LOL.. Common Sense Died A LONG Time ago... See his obituary here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/stoke/content/articles/2009/02/03/obituary_common_sense_feature.shtml
Well in this day and age, just limit the number of radio freq these things operate on and sell a jammer. Say 5 miles around airports, smaller strength ones for around houses/ bldgs, intermediate strength for around outdoor events. Oh, then some smart ass wiz kid will build a freq jammer unjammer and fly a drone into a baby carriage .....typical.