Drone lawyer Jonathan Rupprecht shares several obstacles that could be in the way of a drone registration system. Rupprecht believes built-in geofencing will produce far better results than registration by preventing problems as opposed to pointing to who might have done it after something has happened. Here are some potential problems Rupprecht sees with mandatory registration:
Registration Only Helps if There's a Crash
Manned aircraft N Numbers are hard enough to see. I can’t even see the logo on my Cheerson CX-10 from 10 feet. If there is a crash, do you really think you are going to find the small piece of plastic that had the “sharpie-drawn” N-number on it, the mailbox number stickers, or the serial barcode sticker under the gimbal? The only counter to this is taglets mixed in the plastic matched up with laser etched numbers on the critical parts that would most likely survive a crash (motors, etc.). Simple registration is useless unless this is a comprehensive manufacturer backed plan. What happens if DJI requires registration but Yuneec does not?