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The New York Times reports that "the Federal Aviation Administration, scurrying to prepare for hundreds of thousands of more drones flying into the air, released a list of recommendations for how to better monitor recreational use of the machines. Under the proposal, most drone owners would have to register the machines with the federal government, which would place the information in a national database, the first such requirements.

"The recommendations, from a task force created by the agency, would be the biggest step yet by the government to deal with the proliferation of recreational drones, which are usually used for harmless purposes but have also been tools for mischief and serious wrongdoing, and pose a risk to airborne jets."

The story goes on: "The government already has rules that limit the use of drones for commercial purposes, like delivering packages. But attention has turned to recreational use more recently, as drones, many of them the size of a laptop computer, have emerged as a must-have item for thousands of people. The Consumer Technology Association, a trade group, has estimated that 400,000 drones will be sold this holiday season in the United States."
KC's View:
Maybe I'm wrong about this, but I'm a lot more concerned about recreational use of drones than I am about commercial use. I think companies like Amazon, Walmart, Google, FedEx and UPS, if they get into the drone delivery business, are going to create infrastructures designed to prevent accidents and miscues. These efforts won't always be successful, but there will be a structure.

Not so much with ordinary people who fly drones. I don't have much more confidence in them than I do in the clowns who seem to get arrested with some frequency for shining laser beams into the cockpits of airliners. The FAA can establish rules and regulations and terms of accountability, but there always will be some idiot who will do the wrong thing for the wrong reason at the wrong moment.