As the legal situation involving drones continues to evolve and registration becomes an inevitability, many "drone registration" firms have begun to spring up. The FAA has made it a point to note that drone owners do not need to jump the gun, as registration is likely to be a simple and straightforward process, easily completable without outside assistance.
It seems that every week (day, hour), we hear of yet another drone crashing into something or seriously threatening commercial aviation traffic. As such, more stringent government regulation has been an inevitability, but has also been hotly debated as to just how that should be implemented. While we're not yet clear on exactly what the new rules will be, we do know that drones will be required to be registered; so, at least you can't crash your craft into a ferris wheel and shirk any responsibility by simply running away.
With the forthcoming registration process looming, at least one company has set itself up as an intermediary for drone users, offering to act on behalf of the owner. Sensing the potential looming scam, the FAA has preemptively taken action, noting:
The Federal Aviation Administration wants unmanned aircraft owners to know that there's no need to work with a 'drone registration' company to help them file an application for a registration number.
As such, it appears that the FAA intends to make the process as straightforward and painless as possible. With the status of drones continuing to quickly evolve, be careful to stay mindful both of what's legal and of what's prudent; don't get taken advantage of.
Are you a drone operator? What would you like to see in the future regulations?