With drone sales expected to skyrocket this holiday season, the Federal Aviation Administration is looking to get a tighter grip on the potentially dangerous entertainment devices.
Once a useful tool confined to military use, drones have become increasingly popular. Their use for research purposes, in industry, agriculture, farming and even real estate is quickly turning drones into indispensable tools. However, there’s also a less agreed with category of drones. Drones used for recreational purposes.
Largely unregulated, these are met with a lot of fuss. Yet, the unmanned aerial vehicles are also a lot of fun. Buzzing one over the scene of the latest dirtbike race and capturing an aerial video footage quickly to be uploaded to your social media is poised to grant some recognition.
However, with the holiday season approaching fast, authorities are dreading the estimated 700,000 drones to be sold according to analysts. The hottest item on sale this holiday season might come with a disclaimer: register your drone with the federal government or bust.
The Federal Aviation Administration plans to have a drone regulation strategy ready before drone sales reach skyrocketing levels. With good reason, as a number of retailers and analysts are already speculating over recreational drone sales.
Julie Guggemos, senior VP with Target stated:
“We think it’s all going to be about drones and Star Wars”.
Setting aside privacy breaching concerns, the Federal Aviation Administration is more interested in another effect of large recreational drones. Two times as many reports from airplane pilots have been registered this year stating that drones were flown too close to planes.
This week, a task force comprising Federal Aviation Administration members, as well as retailer representatives nationwide will start working on a system designed to register recreational drones.
Best buy is among the retailers taking part in the process. The electronics retailer is estimated to sell the highest volume of recreational unmanned aerial vehicles. It is expected that the regulations will be ready and in place by November 20th, in anticipation of the monster sales day, Black Friday.
In addition to the Richfield-based retailer, the task force will include representative from Amazon and Wal-Mart. Overall, 25 persons are expected to join the task force created under the umbrella of the Federal Aviation Administration. The first meeting takes places on Tuesday.
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