House HearingAmericans should be skeptical. The problem of drone close encounters did not arise overnight. Airline pilots have reported drone-related incidents for years, and the FAA have had ample opportunity to develop a comprehensive, well thought out regulatory regime to address the situation. They failed to do so.

…Just how effective would this registry be? By placing the onus entirely on the individual owners to report and mark their drones, the task force’s proposal makes it a simple matter to evade the registry altogether. Absent a drone owner caught directly beneath an unmarked drone, enforcement of the registry requirement will be next to impossible.

Crafting good public policy requires time, deliberation, transparency, and a full and complete understanding of the consequences of a particular action. If any doubt remains that the FAA’s registry is a rush job at its worst, consider this line from the task force’s report:

“It should be noted that the Task Force acknowledged that the timeframe provided for deliberations did not allow for in-depth analysis of all the factors involved in instituting a federal requirement for registering [drones], nor did it allow for an assessment of the impact of such a mandate on the recreational and
hobby community.”

Interesting to note that the FAA did not allow any dissenting opinions to be included. Wonder who besides the AMA offered any up, and what they might have been. Perhaps some day the transcripts will be released.


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