Department of Transportation: Drone operators are pilots


NPR: One agency in the federal government has determined that drones are not toys.

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NPR: One agency in the federal government has determined that drones are not toys.

“Unmanned aircraft operators are aviators and with that title comes a great deal of responsibility,” Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said on Monday while unveiling new drone registration rules.

Starting Dec. 21, all operators of small drones — devices weighing between 0.55 pounds and 55 pounds — need to go online and register their names and addresses with the Federal Aviation Administration. The government would issue a registration number that would need to be displayed on that person’s entire fleet of drones.

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