You look into your backyard and notice that a flying drone with cameras attached is hovering near you and your surrounding area. Should you worry or not?
“I’d be freaked out if I saw a camera floating around me!” stated Romina Oviedo, senior soccer player at Notre Dame de Namur University.
The U.S. Transportation and the Federal Aviation Administration are attempting to ease these concerns by requiring that flying drones must be registered. The registering of these unmarked aircrafts is essential in that at the very least there will be accountability for the hobbyist who might misuse the device, or can locate its rightful owner if lost.
“Finding the drone has not been as much of a problem as finding the person who as using the drone,” Jonathan Vanian, writer for Fortune.
It is important to register these aircrafts, because whether its use is positive or negative someone has to be held responsible. With many of these crafts having cameras attached, the privacy of others could be violated as well. In which case accountability is of even more importance.
The U.S. has created a system in such a way that a lot of our personal information can be found at the click of a button. So it is important to register these aircrafts in the event that the government needs to bring to justice those that try and invade others’ privacy when using them. Everything done in the United States has a set of rules and regulations, so it is important that the government has chosen to include flying drones into that category.
“I’ve been in the Marines for the last couple years and I’ve seen special drones used during certain exercises, even ours have a set of rules,” said Michael Young, NDNU senior cross-country runner.
The federal government has implemented a system to get registration on these drones kick-started. They’ve created a task force of drone companies, drone advocacy groups, and aviation organizations. The federal government is hoping for this new system to be up and running by December.
In addition, many of these drones sometimes lose contact with the receiver or it runs out of battery. So what happens when your drone comes crashing down and you never registered it? “Registration will increase pressure on operators to fly responsibly,” adding “there will be consequences when they don’t,” said Federal Aviation Administrator chief Michel Huerta.
In addition, once all the kinks are worked out, a simple solution suggested is to add instructions to register your flying drone before having access to complete use. This is a good way to regulate all new drones estimated to sell during this years’ holiday season. Second, aviation companies should provide information to the last ten years worth of customers who have purchased related items, and begin tracking and regulating them.
Like anything else, regulating a hobby is a very hard task to accomplish and will require a lot of effort from the drone and aviation enthusiasts.
“It’s a hobby, I’d love to own a drone, fly it around places, and tinker with it; it would be a shame to one day lose it and not have a way of finding out where it went,” said Ethan Church, junior and bio major at NDNU.
There are a lot of advantages to registering flying drones. It can help hobbyist and enthusiasts to never lose an expensive toy, create a sense of safety for the user and its public, and assist the government in having recourse when serving you.