FAA Administrator Michael Huerta appeared at CES last Wednesday to discuss the recent changes to federal regulations surrounding drone registration.
The Federal Aviation Administration made a surprise visit at CES this Wednesday to talk to attendees about recent changes to the rules and regulations surrounding unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones. According to a report from IGN, the recent rule changes have resulted in the registration of more than 181,000 drones with the FAA since they were implemented on December 21.
The registration program has resulted in a large number of drone users sharing their information with the FAA, but the agency says there are still many drones that have yet to be registered. FAA administrator Michael Huerta appeared at the Consumer Electronic Show in Las Vegas on Wednesday and reported that he was encouraged by the numbers so far, but challenges remain in spreading the word about FAA registration to as many drone users as possible. Drone users that fail to register their vehicles by February face criminal penalties and even jail time.
The FAA has launched a joint awareness campaign with the Association of Unmanned Vehicles International and the Academy of Model Aeronautics, named “Know Before You Fly.” The group rolled out an iOS app called B4UFLY that displays the local drone regulations in a given area. An Android version of the app is expected to come out soon.
According to Huerta, “Our job is to create a new culture in aviation so that all users, old and new, understand the importance of operating safely, and know what their responsibilities are. I am confident that, working together with our partners in safety, we will succeed.”
A press release from the Federal Aviation Administration regarding the recent changes to the registration rule can be found here.