Flying drones, once an activity that was solely within the purview of serious hobbyists, is now more accessible and affordable than ever. While you’ll still have to shell out some serious cash for a premium drone, you can just as well get a moderately priced and capable drone from Best Buy or even Toys”R”Us for less than $200.
With drones becoming more commonplace, the risk of an errant drone causing serious damage or prompting a serious accident in the sky has become a legitimate and growing concern. Consequently, the FAA this past December instituted a rule requiring all individuals who own drones weighing more than .55 pounds to register them with the FAA. Especially as we approach a future where the sky might very well be filled with drones, the FAA’s registration policy is intended to “build a culture of accountability and responsibility.”