• U.S. to Require Drone Registration; Guns, Nah

    October 29, 2015

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    In a rush to solve a problem that does not exist with a solution that won’t solve the problem anyway, owners of recreational drones in the United States will soon have to register them, the government said on October 19.


    Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) head Michael Huerta told a joint news conference they were setting up a task force to move ahead with the registration plans. “We do feel the level of urgency here is sufficient to move as quickly as we possibly can,” Foxx said. The task force, set to include representatives from the drone and aviation industries, has been asked to file its recommendations by November 20. Foxx said he hoped to have new “rules in place by the middle part of December.”

    The measure will all in likelihood apply to existing owners, he said, as well as the hundreds of thousands who are expected to acquire a new drone this holiday season. Certain types of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), as drones are officially known, could be exempt including “toys” and other small devices.


    I have been unable to find any example of an American killed by a recreational drone; Google turns up a few minor injuries, though to be fair the search results are jammed with examples of U.S. military drones killing people overseas, so I may have missed one.

    Guns, which are not required to be registered with the Federal government, killed 12,564 American in 2014.

    Yes, yes, bad things could happen with drones. They could happen with pigeons and snowballs.


    But the dumbest part of the new registration rules is that will not stop dumb/dangerous drone things from happening. Simply registering a drone means nothing except the government has a name attached to a particular device. I guess that might make it easier to arrest someone after the fact, except of course drones will be stolen, bought unregistered on a black market, traded at drone shows, and existing drones will never be registered and all the stuff that happens with guns. Plus some kind of new bureaucracy will need to be set up to record all those millions of expected drone registrants.

    And to keep things interesting, if drones can be considered a “weapon,” aren’t they then protected under the Second Amendment? Also, if it is up to the states to regulate gun sales, driver’s licenses and all the rest, why are drones going to be registered at the federal level?

    Meanwhile, there are lots of old-timey model airplanes which fly by remote control, and they have been around since the 1950s. Will those need to be registered as well?


    Wait — so that means registering guns won’t really help either? Yeah, maybe. But the real point here is that the government is quick to act (stupidly, but they did act) on a problem that seems less of a threat, while taking no action on a problem that is a terrible, documented, ongoing threat.




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  • Recent Comments

    • RICH BAUER said...

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      The whores in Congress are hoping it will create a drone lobby to pay them to protect their rights.

      10/29/15 9:05 AM | Comment Link

    • RICH BAUER said...

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      Quick to act stupidly is the motto of our government. We are the Dumbest Country on the Planet. The runaway blimp was the latest example. Over 30,000 lost power when it tore down transmission lines in PA. Count on the government to create a solution that causes more harm to its citizens.

      10/29/15 10:07 AM | Comment Link

    • RICH BAUER said...

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      Game of Drones – Winter is coming.

      10/29/15 10:09 AM | Comment Link

    • Mike Roper said...

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      Get the politics out of responses. “Drone lobbies” and runaway blimps have nothing to do with model registration.

      Here is the deal…There are a number of undisciplined souls who insist on flying where they shouldn’t. The advent of microcontroller-based flight stabilizers made it possible for many who would normally pass through the learning stages, supervised by experienced pilots, to fly without instruction. Most of these loners are unaware of the Code of Safety advanced by the AMA and fly where they shouldn’t; however, a small number of individuals who should know better insist on flying in dangerous space. There HAVE been some close encounters among the hyped FAA statistics regarding “sightings”, and such encounters DO represent a hazard to aircraft. In most cases, it has not been possible to find the operator of the wayward aircraft.

      DoT/FAA in their knee-jerk manner assume registration = finding the culprits. That works great for military-sized drones because the tail numbers are readily visible; however, amateurs don’t fly those. N- numbers on model aircraft (including “drones) will be invisible at any realistic distance.

      Transponders are not yet on the table, but HAVE been proposed by the Air Line Pilots Association (along with ADS-B equipment). These are impracticable at the present, and would so jam ATC that the system would be brought to a halt.

      The real problem cannot be solved by registration, only by education. It will likely be just as difficult to find the culprit after registration as before. Our main problem is that we amateur modelers will likely have to shoulder the financial burden of implementing a brand-new registration system. That might mean $$$ for each of us.

      Fly safely and stay out of busy air spaces, everyone. It’s our only hope.

      10/29/15 1:17 PM | Comment Link

    • John Poole said...

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      Bauer- speaking of blimps. I viewed BLACK SUNDAY for maybe the third time just recently. One scripted exchange between an Egyptian general and a Mossad guy was chilling since it could still be spoken today.

      10/29/15 1:23 PM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...

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      Mike Roper said…

      a mouthful. Considering there are people out there that are so into modeling ..I’m of the opinion that the FAA has a really tough job. Witness a hundred or so youtube videos of really bizarre levels of modeling current technology in aircraft. The best I’ve seen is Russian team RUSJET. ..fucking unbelievable.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BzHZfujKbHA

      Next thing you know they’ll model and deliver missiles and nuclear bombs on scale.

      rolling eyes are in effect

      10/29/15 7:48 PM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...

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      MEANWHILE.. the US military boondoggle of the century continues to defy cognitive dissonance..

      http://gawker.com/watch-the-final-dying-moments-of-the-runaway-blimp-1739418936

      If heads don’t roll in the DOD after this..you might as well join me at the bar every night. cause there is nothing left to ponder…well..maybe. Peaky Blinders notwithstanding.

      10/29/15 8:15 PM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...

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      ps.. Raytheon and the department of the Army who oversaw this fucking dimwitted mind fuck, are now the laughingstock of the world. I can just see the Russian leaders rolling on the floor in gut splitting laughter. The only question left is who..in the US Congress voted to fund this mind numbing piece of shit. ..oh..wait..the same ones who vote to fund the F-35 and a hundred other things like CIA torture, Guantanamo..drones .the NSA surveillance state… yeah. Those fuckface fascist bastards. You know who they are.

      10/29/15 8:39 PM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...

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      ps..You know who they are.

      Beginning with that fucking cunt stench known as Dianne Feinstein. I can only hope that some human finally decides to rid this planet of this chromosomally aberrant pond scum, even if it takes his own life. I would kiss his tombstone.

      10/29/15 8:46 PM | Comment Link

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