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EAA Submits Comments on Drone Registration Measure
November 5, 2015 - This week, EAA submitted comments to a DOT and FAA proposal which would require registration of all Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) or “drones,” including those used for recreation or hobby. In the information request, the FAA and DOT seek guidance for a task force of industry stakeholders that will formulate recommendations on how registration should be conducted. EAA was not invited to participate in the task force.
As drones expand in popularity and regulatory authorities catch up to the demand, EAA remains committed to ensuring the safety of manned aircraft is not compromised due to drone integration. EAA believes no new airspace restrictions should be placed on manned aircraft. Additionally, right-of-way and priority should always be given to manned aircraft to maintain safety. Drone integration should also not require pilots and aircraft owners to add new equipment to their aircraft beyond what is currently mandated by the FAA.
Though EAA supports any measure that seeks to safely integrate drones into the National Airspace System, registration is not the only way regulatory authorities can accomplish this. EAA believes that safety through education is just as important as safety through accountability. Drone users must be made aware of the potential risks their devices pose to the manned aircraft flying public, as it is imperative that drones do not endanger human life.
EAA will continue to monitor this issue as the task force submits its recommendations and the FAA constructs the registration system. Members who wish to make their opinions heard on this issue are encouraged to comment on the information request.