The immediate need is to craft reasonable rules to rein in the mass of recreational drones. The FAA and industry executives are developing a registration system that could help identify the owners of wayward drones. That’s good, but not enough. The feds must also consider requiring the operators of heavier drones to be trained and certified.
Right now, commercial drone operators must have a pilot’s certificate to fly, while recreational ones aren’t even required to read the manual. That has to change. These may be toys, but they are large enough to stop a firefighting operation and inflict an injury.
This is an excellent editorial that calls for common sense on the part of the Feds, state and local governments in crafting new regulations.