Having just taken possession of my fourth drone (the Power Line Air Force has specialized needs you know), with a Lily on order when they finally come out, I’ve been preparing to comply with the new requirement that drone operators register them with the FAA. But then I say this news today:
The FAA finally confirmed this afternoon that model aircraft registrants’ names and home addresses will be public. In an email message, the FAA stated: “Until the drone registry system is modified, the FAA will not release names and address. When the drone registry system is modified to permit public searches of registration numbers, names and addresses will be revealed through those searches.”
The author of this piece, John Goglia, goes on to report how the FAA obfuscated his inquiries into the matter. So maybe I’m going to keep my drones the way I keep my firearms—unregistered.
Meanwhile, I definitely want one of these babies. Santa, you listening?