Stark County drone operators support FAA registration

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NORTH CANTON, Ohio-- Monday marks the beginning of new FAA regulations that require operators of drones to register online.

A local group of drone owners told FOX 8 News they support any measure that promotes safety and allows investigators to track down those who break the rules.

Consumers are expected to buy 400,000 drones this holiday season. In response to skies becoming more crowded with unmanned aircraft, the FAA is forcing drone operators to register online and pay a $5 registration free that is being waived for those who register in the next 30 days.

"It never used to cost $5 to be able to fly and now it does. So a lot of people aren't happy about that, but with the way this technology is going, it's definitely necessary," Alex Zvada said. "It's just like getting your fishing license or hunting license. It needs to be regulated in some way or people are just going to go nuts."

Some hobbyist are concerned that new FAA regulations may be too broad, covering all unmanned aircraft.

"I think they did just want to cast a very wide net. And they understood that a lot of technology that could get very small, and they wanted to cover all of it," Josh Bixler said.

Veterans aviators are hoping the new guidelines will make the skies safer by keeping track of all aircraft, manned and unmanned.

"If you're doing things the way you're supposed to, if you're flying within the rules, it won't impact us at all," pilot Bob Parmelee said. "But obviously, if you're not, you're up there and you're where you shouldn't be, flying too close to aircraft, too close to airports, yes, it will give them an opportunity to try to find that person that's doing there."

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