Planning on getting your kid or yourself a drone for Christmas? Better get up to speed with all the regulations laid out by Federal Aviation Authority before going airborne. That’s the message from the Illinois Department of Transportation. A hobby shop owner says the regulations are common sense.
Jess Wade, general manager of Falcon Hobby Supply in Springfield, says the regulations are not a burden on his business or the consumer, though there are a few naysayers who don’t want to register with the government.
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Wade says there has been a huge increase of interest in quadcopters, also known as drones, with drone sales in his store going from 1 percent three years ago to possibly 30 percent this year, depending on holiday sales. The FAA requires that the unmanned aerial vehicles, including model planes and remote control helicopters, be registered beginning December 21st. IDOT says the Rauner administration’s Unmanned Aerial System Oversight Task Force will provide recommended state rules July of next year.