U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx Announces Unmanned Aircraft Registration Requirement

New Task Force to Develop Recommendations by November 20

WASHINGTON – U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx and FAA Administrator Michael Huerta today announced the creation of a task force to develop recommendations for a registration process for Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS).

The task force will be composed of 25 to 30 diverse representatives from the UAS and manned aviation industries, the federal government, and other stakeholders. The group will advise the Department on which aircraft should be exempt from registration due to a low safety risk, including toys and certain other small UAS.

The task force also will explore options for a streamlined system that would make registration less burdensome for commercial UAS operators. The task force may make additional safety recommendations as it deems appropriate. Secretary Foxx directed the group to deliver its report by Nov. 20.

“Registering unmanned aircraft will help build a culture of accountability and responsibility, especially with new users who have no experience operating in the U.S. aviation system,” Foxx said.

“It will help protect public safety in the air and on the ground.” Every day, the FAA receives reports of potentially unsafe UAS operations. Pilot sightings of UAS doubled between 2014 and 2015.

The reports ranged from incidents at major sporting events and flights near manned aircraft, to interference with wildfire operations.

“These reports signal a troubling trend,” Huerta said.

“Registration will help make sure that operators know the rules and remain accountable to the public for flying their unmanned aircraft responsibly. When they don’t fly safely, they’ll know there will be consequences.”

While the task force does its work, the FAA will continue its aggressive education and outreach efforts, including the “Know Before You Fly” campaign and “No Drone Zone” initiatives with the nation’s busiest airports.

The agency also will continue to take strong enforcement action against egregious violators. At the same time, it will continue working with stakeholders to improve safety to ensure further integration and innovation in this promising segment of aviation.

Secretary Foxx was joined by representatives from the following stakeholder groups:

The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International Academy of Model Aircraft Air Line Pilots Association American Association of Airport Executives Helicopter Association International PrecisionHawk AirMap/ Small UAV Coalition Consumer Electronics Association

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Comment by Philip Giacalone on October 20, 2015 at 6:36pm

"Anybody know if they will be requiring all Canadian Geese to register as well?"

They would if it changed the behavior of the geese! So the answer is "no". These decisions are driven by sensible logic, after all. 

Comment by Nathaniel Caner on October 20, 2015 at 6:39pm

Isn't that in oxymoron, "sensible logic"? Well at least as far as a US bureaucracy is concerned. :)


Nathaniel ~KD2DEY

Comment by Gary McCray on October 20, 2015 at 7:01pm

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Hi Tony, then I suggest you look through the back blogs here on the DIYDrones sites to see how many and how vocal this whole thing has been over the last 2 + years and how much of what was finally hammered out was only due to our and the AMA's perseverance.

I was saying you must be ignorant of this process, because your statements clearly reflected no knowledge of the extreme preceeding history we have had with the FAA.

You are clearly coming in now Tabla Raza and thinking how rational all this seems.

If they were proceed ing rationally, they would be registering pilots with a common ID number to be affixed to all their aircraft and for a sub $10.00 fee, that would make sense, be a lot more enforceable and manageable, but that is not what they have chosen to do.

Also, some defining line does need to be made between harmless or nearly harmless "toys" and everything else, so far they have not even been willing to discuss that consideration and the AMA guys mention of it in the live feed of the announcement sounded not particularly hopeful.

No action that the FAA has unilaterally taken prior to now has shown much common sense, all that has been hammered into it by us, the AMA and other concerned citizens, practically over their dead body.

At this point in time it doesn't feel much different.

I would strongly encourage all of you who think this is just a reasonable action on the part of the FAA, DOT and our Government to look through all the back blogs on DIYDrones you can find on the process that has gotten us to this point.

We have participated heavily and rightly called foul to many of the FAAs attempts to "bury us" and to perceive that this time that that is not the case, is, based on all previous experience, simply not in evidence.

So the ignorance part is simple, I was (and many of us were) there every step of the way, you, clearly weren't and you are operating on information that is based on false and historically very much not supported suppositions.

@ Philip, It is my understanding that until a proper immigration, registration and permitting process is worked out all Canadian geese are to be shot on sight as they cross the border from Canada into the US.

As the permitting process is expected to take from 5 to 7 years, it is expected that the necessity will be moot by then anyway.

Best Regards,


Comment by Patrick Duffy on October 20, 2015 at 7:13pm

Isn't it ironic that this government needs 'emergency regulations' to stop the so-called out-of-control drone industry responsible for ZERO deaths in the United States! That's correct. There is not ONE documented case of a single death caused by a drone.

Yet here are the statistics on deaths by illegal immigrants: (source US government stats, from http://www.breitbart.com/big-journalism/2015/08/08/illegal-alien-cr...)

  • Between 2008 and 2014, 40% of all murder convictions in Florida were criminal aliens. In New York it was 34% and Arizona 17.8%.
  • During those years, criminal aliens accounted for 38% of all murder convictions in the five states of California, Texas, Arizona, Florida and New York, while illegal aliens constitute only 5.6% of the total population in those states.
  • That 38% represents 7,085 murders out of the total of 18,643.

Hmmm...     Yet this government does NOTHING to stop these crimes, and seems to think in needs to focus on flying toys!  Our streets are full of blood of innocent human beings, and they DO NOTHING, and in fact they INVITE MORE criminals to cross over!  The very fact that we are debating this foolishness shows just how psychotic this government has become. They are focused on TOYS, that have a history of ZERO deaths and virtually ZERO damage.  This is a NON ISSUE.

The real question here is what are we going to do to reign in these bureaucrats? 

Comment by Tony Kenward on October 20, 2015 at 7:19pm

Really?, Breitbart data?

I'm out.

Comment by Patrick Duffy on October 20, 2015 at 7:27pm

@ Tony .  US government stats.  If you deny it, you are hiding your head in the sand.

Comment by Patrick Duffy on October 20, 2015 at 7:29pm

How about this stat?  


90% of 'government' drone strikes by the military hit the WRONG TARGET.

Fact.  The government is the entity that needs to have their drone permit revoked.

Comment by Gary Mortimer on October 20, 2015 at 8:35pm

Has this been posted in this thread? I'm going to front page it as well. A place to comment on the proposed rules


Comment by Tony Kenward on October 20, 2015 at 9:03pm

Patrick Duffy:  Quit.  Making.  $hit. Up.      http://www.gao.gov/assets/320/316959.pdf

    Leave those poor Canadians alone. . . they get cold.  

PS:  I don't have the time nor patience to explain Pentagon vs. FAA

Comment by Gary Mortimer on October 20, 2015 at 9:16pm

Don't forget if you bring model aircraft into the fold there have been plenty of RPA deaths. Where possible lets keep politics out of this. If you feel strongly enough about this subject you can actually comment on the link above and hope the folks see it. Better make it polite otherwise they will bin it and that's a waste of a rant.


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