Friday, October 23, 2015
Task Force to Decide Registration-Worthy UAS
One of the sticking points in developing a UAS registration system may be defining what constitutes a registration-worthy drone in terms of weight, configuration and capabilities, according to the Academy of Model Aeronautics. Speaking at the DOT’s Oct. 19 press conference, Government and Regulatory Affairs Representative Rich Hanson emphasized AMA’s position that registration is appropriate for UAS that meet certain technical requirements, but stressed that many devices “are virtually toys that pose little or no risk, have minimal capabilities and have an extremely short lifespans.” The AMA reiterated this distinction yesterday in a published response to the DOT, asserting that "before the process can be established, AMA believes that a threshold must be identified that will determine which platforms, what aircraft with what capabilities, will require registration and which will not." The statement added that "AMA believes that traditional model aircraft, as well as the 'toy-type' drones with minimal capability would fall below the threshold and not be subject to the registration process." Both the AMA and the Association of Unmanned Vehicle Systems International have announced their memberships in the DOT's planned task force to develop the UAS registration system.