Over regulation is killing our economy and hurting jobs in the US, but how can we get our government to knock this off? Some say we need regulation to protect us from big business, but in reality that regulation just increases the costs of everything we buy, rent, borrow, lease or steal (just kidding on that last part). Well, let’s take an example of over regulation at the FAA and how it will affect your Christmas. Toy drones are a big seller this year, and now the FAA wants to regulate them, so we should talk about his.
There was an interesting article in the Wall Street Journal on December 15, 2015 titled; “New Rules for Drone Owners” by Jack Nicas which noted that the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) has a new rule going into effect that drone owners with even small drones of 1/2 pound or more must be registered with the administration. Those who bought their drones before December 21, 2015 have only until February 19, 2016. Now then the cost to register the drones is only $5 but the fee will be waived for the first 30-days.
Listen to this, the failure to register a drone carries the same weight as those who fail to register a commercial aircraft – namely up to $250,000 and 3-years in prison. Really for a toy drone bought from Wal-Mart or Toys-R-Us, are you kidding me, what are we going to put in jail every kid who got a little toy drone for Christmas and didn’t register it? It seems to me that the FAA has gone nuts, but this is typical of an overbearing Federal Agency. The FAA also is trying to administer property rights on asteroids, private space flight and people flying kits (well not yet, but don’t tempt them on the kites) as you’ll have to go to Afghanistan to go fly your kite?
Why is our government going overboard on all this? Well it seems that the terrorists are now considering using drones, they already are in the Middle East. Still, it’s a lot like registering assault weapons or cars, who is to say the terrorists are going to register these drones in their own names, they don’t seem to register their guns or cars with the various agencies that require such?
Why is the FAA getting involved in toy drones? Well they say that there were 221 incidents of small drones coming close to aircraft near airports in 2015. Still, 1/2 pound drones are fairly light and won’t do much damage, birds weigh more than that and they don’t have to register – whoops, I wouldn’t put this past the FAA.