Drone Registration
What are the thoughts about drone registration from you all out there? We know as commercial drone owners, we must continue to register our drones with the FAA, but per the decision from the court case (Taylor v. FAA), it was decision that the FAA cannot require hobbyists to register.
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Jerry Raia
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I think if it shares the same airspace as any other registered aircraft it should be registered. Maybe even a transponder of sorts
I think the courts got it right. Model aviation has never had to register for airspace use before, and even with the explosion of new pilots and aircraft, until it becomes a problem around controlled airspace, I'd say leave the old regs like they were. If you are flying as a commercial operator, I think the regs are probably just about right. They are operating from a different POV so their registration and operations should have more oversight. but a guy out to fly his model in the park or in the backyard or a field, that seems a bit much to have to register the craft and check to see where they can fly seems a bit much. 
A lot of communities have areas where modelers get together and fly and or float their models together and that often brings the community together. Let's think about how we can use these activities to bring each other together, rather than being suspicious of every move someone else makes.The flying community is one of inclusion, let's keep it that way.
It was an illegal overreach on the FAA, their reasoning had to be shut down. What it does expose is that there are far more RPAS operators than manned pilots. Perhaps manned aviation is going to have to learn to stay out of the airspace where money is being made. Drones are already being fitted with ADS-B as standard on the more expensive models. If droners come to the 2020 party faster and in greater numbers than GA who should prevail below 1000'?


 

Andrew Abernathy:
I think the courts got it right. Model aviation has never had to register for airspace use before, and even with the explosion of new pilots and aircraft, until it becomes a problem around controlled airspace, I'd say leave the old regs like they were. If you are flying as a commercial operator, I think the regs are probably just about right. They are operating from a different POV so their registration and operations should have more oversight. but a guy out to fly his model in the park or in the backyard or a field, that seems a bit much to have to register the craft and check to see where they can fly seems a bit much. 
A lot of communities have areas where modelers get together and fly and or float their models together and that often brings the community together. Let's think about how we can use these activities to bring each other together, rather than being suspicious of every move someone else makes.The flying community is one of inclusion, let's keep it that way.

You are spot on. I agree completely.
I registered my DJI Mavic Pro drone, even though the FAA no longer mandates doing so. I feel it is to the benefit of all concerned to do so and I believe the FAA will again require the registration due the fact that there are so many drone flyers in the air; some causing issues. I might add that I am a licensed 107 pilot and asked for a waiver to fly near my airport. It does seem that the time required to get approval is exceeding long and should be improved with the new ruling that just came out and available on the Airmap App.
I am a little late here     Registration is most important concern of mine. Privacy should not replace safety needs of all who occupy the airspace. 
Tom