2015-10-21 / Front Page

Federal Drone Registry On Tap

By Liz Goff
The federal government is set to announce a new policy that would require anyone purchasing a drone to register the high-flying toys with the U.S. Department of Transportation, a government report said.

The feds, working with the toy industry, wants to have the plan in place before the upcoming holiday season, when sales of the battery-operated drones are expected to soar, a government spokesperson said.

Government officials are concerned about the number of close calls between the unregistered drones and aircraft near Queens’ two major airports, including an incident last July, involving a passenger jet carrying 159 passengers to JFK airport for a landing.

A drone also made headlines in August, when a Manhattan science teacher lost control of a device that crash-landed in a stadium during the US Open Tennis Tournament. The device slammed to a halt in an unoccupied portion of the Louis Armstrong Stadium in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park.

The teacher got a slap on the wrist at a recent court appearance where he was sentenced to community service for the incident.

Sources said the federal government is expected to announce the Drone Registration requirement within the next few days.

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