FAA takes steps to avoid drone related accidents

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The number of drone related close calls in the airways is at an all time high. This means Marc Hitchcock, with Elevation Sports in Beckley, will have to tell his customers that registering some of these air crafts with the FAA will soon be mandatory. 

“They’re (FAA)  just trying to keep some accountability in the industry for people who are flying these things inappropriately,” Hitchcock said. 

The law states that all drones that weigh over 250 grams or 8.8 ounces will have to be registered by February 19, 2016. Hitchcock said he realizes that some people are for and against this law, but said those members who are a part of local flight clubs have been flying responsibly for years. 

‘”I think it’s going to be another invasion of their privacy of their hobby,” Hitchcock said. 

We talked to a drone enthusiast who thinks this will cut down on irresponsible fliers.

“I think it’s a good thing. There’s a lot of responsible people out there flying them. I don’t think it’s going to hurt or effect a lot of people out there. As long as you aren’t breaking the law, you won’t have any issues,” Evan Hitchcock said. 

Registering your drone will consist of giving your name, email and mailing address. You also get a personalized number that will have to be displayed on your drone. The FAA is also requiring a $5  registration fee for each drone registered. Failing to register could could result in fees of up to $27,000. 

More information can be found here. 

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