The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has been working with a task force that was set up in October to craft a registration system for drones after an increase in the number of aircraft pilots who have reported seeing the unmanned vehicles during flights.

The agency is believed to be considering a mandatory fee for drone users to register, against the advice of industry members of the task force. The Arlington, Va.-based Consumer Technology Association said Thursday the idea of charging drone users to register their devices with the federal government is a bad idea, even if the fee is low.

Why should this be free? This is self-serving to the Nth degree. Especially considering that the retailers successfully managed to wriggle out of supporting the registration process at the point of sale… Which excuse me, would have made too much sense.


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