According to NBC News, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is getting close to announcing new rules for recreational drone use, beginning with the requirement to register every drone a person buys. Registration itself, however, is not a large obstacle to drone ownership and operation, as registration will only be able to help the FAA keep track of just how many there are and, hopefully, identify aircraft that break rules or cause collisions. But just how effective will this be? And what other laws will come in the way of recreational drone flight?
The idea of using registration to track and find drones that are themselves found in law-breaking situations, the same truth remains: criminals will do what they need to in order to get the job done. While the serial number of a drone might help identify its owner after an incident, a drone is like any other major electronic product that has software with an embedded serial number and likely only one area with a printed serial number. It wouldn't be that difficult, in theory, to erase the record of yourself from the drone you are flying by essentially digitally and physically filing off the serial number associated with the device.
The bigger question is what other rules there will be. Certainly this will not be the only or the last requirement of the FAA when it comes to drones.
[via NBC News]
UPDATE: It's now official. A new task force will consider ways to best implement this registration process, including a possible fast-track, low-resistance registration path for commercial operators.