Private drone pilots in the United States could face increased regulations and control if the Commercial Drone Alliance gets its way. Current loopholes exist that allow for private pilots to ignore some federal restrictions that commercial operators are forced to adhere to. Companies like Amazon, Alphabet (Google’s parent company), and Ford are members of the Alliance.
Some steps have already been taken, with a December law change forcing small drone registration for any UAV weighing more than 0.55lbs. Tech companies like Amazon were in strong support of the law. A number of private users also supported increased registration and legislation, as it could help to make drone operation safer for all users.
Not every private operator was supportive of the laws, however. Some believe that the current guidelines are enough to keep small craft owners within safe boundaries of operation.
As drones become more prevalent, and as they become more capable, it is logical to expect that legislation will be tightened. Commercial drones will become more common as an efficient way to transport consumer goods, and it’s not likely that the largest companies in the Commercial Drone Alliance will allow private operators to be held to lower regulatory standards.
Currently, 17 States have passed individual drone regulations, and drone sales in 2018 are expected to increase by 20% to a total of 3.7 million units sold.
META: Private drone pilots in the United States could face more regulations as the Commercial Drone Alliance supports moves to regulate private usage.