Registration of Drones; Responsible Liberty



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A drone is a small unmanned aircraft weighing between .5 and 55 pounds.

The government established a new regulation about drones. The new rule requires online registration. The FAA will charge a $5 fee for online registration, but the agency will refund that fee for those who register from Dec. 21 to Jan. 20. Owners of those devises must be older than 13 and have to provide information including their name, home address and email. Children who are not yet 13, will be allowed  to fly the remote control machine only if they are being supervised by a registered drone user.

The rule also states that drone operators must keep the flying machine in their line of sight while operating them and may not fly higher than 400 feet or near crowded public areas, and they must be at least 5 miles away from airports.  This would make drone flying at our school illegal.

“Make no mistake: unmanned aircraft enthusiasts are aviators, and with that title comes a great deal of responsibility,” Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said.

I think the government is making a good decision about registering drones. We have the right to fly drones but we also have to take responsibility of our own possessions and actions. Registering drones can also help to identify the users of them. Some people use this devise to harm or threaten others. We can easily find these people and their identity if they are registered. The same concept is applied to cars and to guns. This will keep us safe and responsible as a society while allowing us the freedom of drone use and ownership.