On May 19, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit overturned the FAA's rule that all hobby drone operators register their aircraft.
The Commercial Drone Alliance holds that this ruling poses an issue for the safety and security of the National Airspace System. Our statement follows:
The Commercial Drone Alliance is committed to promoting the safety and security of the National Airspace System (NAS). We believe registering drones and having reliable identification of all operators is critically important to holding operators accountable, and enhances the safety of the NAS. The registration requirement also provided much-needed education around the rules for safe hobbyist drone flight. As a policy matter, we believe the lack of a registration requirement could ultimately jeopardize the safety and security of the NAS. The Alliance looks forward to working with Congress to ensure that the FAA has clear authority to require registration of all drones, including hobbyist drones.