UAS Registration: Sign Up for Safety


By Capt. Tim Canoll

Maintaining safety is absolutely essential as many of us purchase and operate unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), also known as “drones.” ALPA’s plan to safely integrate UAS into the national airspace includes education, registration, technology, and enforcement of the rules.

Making certain that UAS owners register their aircraft is vital to ensuring that UAS operators fly their aircraft safely in skies they share with airliners carrying both passengers and cargo. If UAS are registered, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will be able to more easily enforce the rules that keep us safe. Moreover, the registration process will also demonstrate to purchasers the responsibility that comes with owning a UAS.

On November 23, the FAA’s UAS Registration Task Force Aviation Rulemaking Committee released its report of recommendations for a process to register UAS that advances accountability and enhances safety for users. While not included in the ARC’s recommendations, ALPA feels strongly that mandatory registration of UAS at the point of sale is essential.

ALPA looks forward to the FAA’s issuing registration rules in December, before many receive or give UAS during the holidays.

Learn more about UAS safety by vising the Know Before You Fly campaign, of which ALPA is a proud supporter. Read more about ALPA’s plan in October’s Air Line Pilot.

Categories: Advocacy, Safety

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