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Surprise! FAA requires hobbyists to register drones

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A mini quadcopter drone meant for FPV racing flies in a hall during a gathering of drone enthusiasts. Sean Gallup/Getty Images

The Federal Aviation Administration announced today that drone hobbyists across the country will need to register their unmanned aircrafts if they weigh over 9 ounces.

Owner of an unmanned drone would need to provide a name, a physical address, and an email address with the FAA.

Those who fail to join the registry could be fined.

Is a national drone registry the best way to ensure everyone’s safety and privacy?

Guests:

Brian Wynne, CEO of the association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International, a drones trade group with 7,500 members from government, industry and academia. He is a member of the task force that made recommendations on the registry to the FAA.

Rich Hanson, government and regulatory affairs representative at Academy of Model Aeronautics, a group representing 185,000 hobbyists nationwide and participated in the task force

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