OK Dangit the Beltway gangs have made me angry again:
Some disfunctional Dilbert has "made policy" by the DOT of "drone registration".
Pending definition, some try to say all this "won't apply to hobbyist" only drones.
I do not grant the benefit of the doubt to this government or any other.
In 1981 I did my dues and sent off 25 cents to the FCC to "be legal" and get the "CB" license to fly R/C on the right side of the "law".
Since then off and on I have flown R/C Aircraft. Joining the AMA in 1984 and always applying their "safety code" - for common sense.
(AMA Safety Code REQUIRES identification on every model - I do not mind the self compliance - seems a good idea and has been part of the safety code for decades). AMA even supplies labels self adhesive protected labels.
I am not going to "register" my aircraft, not even were the registration FREE. But I'll proudly show off my handiwork if asked.
Commercial drone uses maybe the target of the policy in public speeches and pronouncements, but I've seen this government(s) [local, state and federal] abuse power granted in obscure "legislation". Witness the "war-on-drugs" that in reality is a war against the people not the drug barons (some of which live inside our government and law enforcement).
If I flew "drones" I WOULD NOT REGISTER them either.
The "model airplane hobbyists" are not the threat, not to transportation nor to you.
the idiot "toy-buyers" at Wally World that buy it and fly it in the parking lot and in unsafe places and at unsafe times and in unsafe manner that ARE THE PROBLEMS.
I fly in compliance with a safety code not made into law or policy. By my own choice unforced. Demo of my intent.
Leave my aircraft and me alone - Do Not Tread On Me!
Go ahead ask me about registration of "firearms" and the Second Amendment...
Do Not Tread On Me! or my hobby!
That ain't what to govern meant!
At this rate the majority of astronauts and the majority of aerospace engineers (globally speaking) would have been jailed for flying model airplanes in their youth (extended sometimes) "Unregistered drone operation" for the crime of dreaming of flight.