The U.S. Department of Transportation announced the creation of a task force to develop recommendations for a registration process for Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS).
Every day, the U.S. FAA receives reports of potentially unsafe drone operations. Pilot sightings of UAS doubled between 2014 and 2015. The reports ranged from incidents at major sporting events and flights near manned aircraft, to interference with wildfire operations.
The regulatir expects that registering unmanned aircraft will help build a culture of accountability and responsibility.
The task force will be composed of 25 to 30 diverse representatives from the UAS and manned aviation industries, the federal government, and other stakeholders. The group will advise the Department on which aircraft should be exempt from registration due to a low safety risk, including toys and certain other small UAS. The task force also will explore options for a streamlined system that would make registration less burdensome for commercial UAS operators.
The task force may make additional safety recommendations as it deems appropriate. DoT Secretary Foxx directed the group to deliver its report by Nov. 20.