Drone Registration in California is currently undergoing a huge transformation as more states begin requiring drone registration, a new study shows.
With drone registration now in place, the Wall Street JournoList reports that drones will be more easily registered and that there will be “significantly more” drone activity than ever before.
The drone registration system will help California businesses better monitor and protect their property from drone attacks.
“Drones will be easier to track, as the registration process will allow businesses to easily see if they are flying a drone and how much they are using,” said the study’s lead author, Scott Ritter, an associate professor of business at the University of California, Berkeley.
“Businesses will be able to better identify their potential drone activity and make sure they are abiding by regulations, like drone-related noise restrictions and operating in a way that protects the health of nearby residents and businesses.”
The study, titled “Regulating the Use of Drone Engines,” found that drone registration is already underway in California and is expected to take effect in January.
“The study indicates that the registration and monitoring of drones is a critical step towards regulating the use of unmanned aircraft systems,” said David Smith, senior director for drone policy at the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration.
“With a robust system of drone registration and licensing, drones will continue to be used by a large number of businesses throughout California.”
The Register of Drone Owners in California will take effect July 1, 2019.
The state expects to be able begin regulating the operation of drones in the state in 2019.
California already has some of the nation’s strictest drone regulations, with a number of the state’s regulations governing drone registration including:There are no drone-controlled roads or other airspace restrictions, and there are no restrictions on flying in a controlled airspace.
The drone industry is also growing in California, with companies like DJI Inc. and DroneTours.com making more than $2.6 billion in revenue last year.
California’s drone regulations also provide for a number requirements to be met before a drone can be operated, including the required registration of a drone, the drone operator being at least 18 years old, and that the drone be registered under an agency with the jurisdiction of the California Department of Motor Vehicles.