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Time to Register Drones....

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by etrain16, Oct 19, 2015.

  1. etrain16

    etrain16 Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Yep, I think most of us could see this coming. Never to be left with their hands empty, our lovely government folks, in a truly startling move, have decided to require registration of drones (except for the little toys you play with at home). Why? Because some people fly them into the paths of commercial aircraft and do other stupid things with them.

    So, of course, the answer is registration. The same kind of registration that prevents people from driving a car recklessly. The same registration that prevents gun owners from going on shooting rampages. The same registration that....well, fill in the blank for yourself.

    Yes, the same politicians that think you shouldn't be able to choose what size soda to drink, want to control your drone now. And of course, it comes with a fee, tax, whatever you want to call it.

    Question: will "mandatory" drone flying classes and licenses be far behind?

    I wonder how far they will push things before they try to register/ban things that some of their voting base do care about?

    Ah, read it for yourself. Just be careful you don't have any unregistered sharp things in your hand when you do the inevitable face palm ;)

    "These reports signal a troubling trend," Federal Aviation Administration chief Michel Huerta said at a news conference to announce the step. Registration will increase pressure on drone operators to fly responsibly, he said, adding, "when they don't fly safely, they'll know there will be consequences."

    To work out details, the FAA and the Transportation Department are setting up a 25- to 30-member task force including government and industry officials and hobbyists. They'll recommend which drones should be required to register and which should be exempted, and design a system that would be easy for commercial operators to comply with, the department said.


    http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/go...stration-of-most-drones/ar-AAfD5Hg?li=AAa0dzB
     
  2. Oathkeeper1775

    Oathkeeper1775 Coast Range Well-Known Member

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    It will undoubtedly fall under the control of the FCC.

    If a license is required to use GMRS or ham frequencies....o_O

    Then, a universal-fee will be applied so the less-fortunate can have drones too....:confused:
     
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  3. etrain16

    etrain16 Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Maybe a new joint agency that combines the FAA and the FCC. Never underestimate the power of the government to spend twice as much to 1/2 the job :p
     
  4. Oathkeeper1775

    Oathkeeper1775 Coast Range Well-Known Member

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    With Air Marshall Drones......outfitted with AAMs
     
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  5. teflon97239

    teflon97239 Portland, OR Well-Known Member

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  6. brokenarrow

    brokenarrow Elma, WA Well-Known Member

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    And only 25 to 30 on the task force... I see an awful lot of progress being made in a relative short time. :rolleyes:
     
  7. Oathkeeper1775

    Oathkeeper1775 Coast Range Well-Known Member

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    All drone operators will be required to wear nomax flight suits, goggles, oxygen mask, and hardhats. They will also be required to pass a flight physical, and.....plug their nose before talking on the radio....
     
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  8. etrain16

    etrain16 Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    And say "niner" ;)

    I can see it now:

    Drone Dweeb: "Drone Alpha326NinerX-ray approaching left downwind to the Johnson's backyard. Approaching for hover and record of sunbathing MILF. Request clearance"

    Drone Air Route Traffic Control Center (DARTCC): "Roger drone Alpha326NinerX-Ray, squawk 8834, be advised current information is Delta. Maintain hover at 125'. Be advised of 8 rotor drone at your 2 o'clock position, maintain 30' clearance. Also note 2 other pilots have reported shotgun fire in the area. Advise on departure and upload of video to YT"

    Drone Dweeb: "NinerX-Ray, copy that, squawk 8834, we have Delta, will advise on departure and upload"
     
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  9. Ben Beckerich

    Ben Beckerich NW Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    So there's gonna be drone cops out there verifying my drones are registered?

    'Cause if I was a betting man, I'd wager this is gonna be adopted and taken about as seriously as radio licensing
     
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  10. slimer13

    slimer13 Deer Park Well-Known Member

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    So when they say "drones" they are really talking about RC helicopters/quadcopters and planes right?

    I knew this was coming when they started using the wrong terminology for them because pretty sure the definition drone is some level of autonomy.

    Reminds me of how they use "assault rifle".
     
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  11. IheartSig

    IheartSig Beaverton Diamond Supporter Diamond Supporter Platinum Supporter

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    Sure...... This is the first step. NEXT it will be my remote control monster truck, I bet.

    They can have my Monster Truck...


    When they pry it from my... cold, dead, hands.
     
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  12. Jamie6.5

    Jamie6.5 Western OR Well-Known Member

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    I have mentioned that agency numerous times in my life.

    Every time I've dealt with the federal government I end up saying things like:


    "FAACC me, but that went poorly!"

    Or something similar anyway. ;)
     
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  13. teflon97239

    teflon97239 Portland, OR Well-Known Member

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    As an enthusiast, I enjoy displacing intrusive memories of a day at work with the zen activity of flying an RC plane or helo around at sunset (or sunrise). And yes, I've actually taped a tiny keychain camera to the belly of my birds, which renders shaky, high-altitude vistas of the unoccupied ballparks, parking lots and rural fields where I fly. "Oh, look, there I am! Woo-Hoo!"

    Funny... I've never been an @sshole about the way I ride mountain bikes, enjoy boats or own/shoot guns either, but they're all getting squeezed too.

    I acknowledge that using RC aircraft to invade privacy, swoop around near bystanders or interfere with general aviation/firefighting/LE aircraft are irresponsible and dangerous activities. It would never occur to me to do stuff like that. But as with my other hobbies, I'll surely end up bearing the regulatory brunt and expense of other peoples' stupidity.

    Pisses me off...
     
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  14. brokenarrow

    brokenarrow Elma, WA Well-Known Member

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    Exactly! One jerk spoils it for everyone.
     
  15. jackrv

    jackrv Wood Village, Oregon Platinum Supporter Platinum Supporter

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    Interesting, or not, that this comes after a video showing a pistol attached to a drone.:rolleyes:
     
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  16. DieselScout

    DieselScout S Clackamas County Well-Known Member

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    It also came after a few drones getting in the way of firefighting, flying to close to air planes and other abuses that have NOTHING to do with the pistol drone.
     
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  17. RicInOR

    RicInOR Washington County Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    remember your arguments when you see your neighbors out flying one

    - Do you have licence for that thing? (no really, Federal Aviation Administration permission to fly your toy )

    - it shouldn't be easier to get a drone than it is fresh vegitables
     
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  18. teflon97239

    teflon97239 Portland, OR Well-Known Member

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    Unless they're doing something intrusive, obnoxious or unsafe, I'll mind my own damn business.
     
  19. Oathkeeper1775

    Oathkeeper1775 Coast Range Well-Known Member

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    Looks like there's gonna be a run on toy rockets too...:eek:
     
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  20. fredball

    fredball Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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