ALPA logoCapt. Tim Canoll, president of the Air Line Pilots Association, said registration would improve safety by facilitating the enforcement of flying regulations. But requiring registration at the point where drones are sold would be more effective, he said.

“We support the registration requirement development process and welcome the accountability that the FAA’s rule will establish for those who purchase a drone,” he said.

Dave Mathewson, executive director of the Academy of Model Aeronautics, which represents 185,000 hobbyists nationwide and participated in the task force, said education programs are the way to ensure safety rather than a registry that will create “an unnecessary burden” on the group’s members.

“AMA is disappointed with the new rule for (drone) registration,” Mathewson said in a statement.

Neither ALPA nor AMA are happy – for entirely different reasons. Shows just how difficult it was to get consensus. And just how shrewd – or was it cynical – the FAA was to get all these folks to make a recommendation they could hide behind.


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