The 411 for 2016: FAA Requires You To Register Your Drone

It is legal to fly personal drones within the United States, however, the Federal government now requires most of them to be registered and include the name of the owner. This requirement is a result of the growing number of incidents and close calls which are posing safety risks. Flying drones are growing in popularity and the pilot sightings of drones more than doubled in just one year. These sightings occurred near passenger planes, over major sporting events, and even over wildfire operations. At one point, wildfire operations had to ground their firefighting aircraft because of possible drone interference.

The Federal Aviation Administration believes registration of drones will help ensure drone operators fly responsibly because if a drone causes a safety issue, the owner can be held responsible.

Under the new guidelines, toys and small drones which fly below 200 feet do not have to be registered. It is both the affordability and access to drones (correction) which worry the FAA. The number of drone sales is escalating annually, with more than a million sold in 2015. There were more than 700,000 sold over the past holiday season alone.

With so many drones in the air, it is imperative that the operators comply with safety guidelines. The FAA’s goal is to ensure drones which might pose a safety risk are registered, but not to force a prohibitive burden on those who fly for purely recreational or educational reasons. There are drone operators who have been flying drones for years and who have never posed a safety risk to their community.

Unfortunately, there are others who seem to fly their drones with no concern for the possible repercussions. Every month, the FAA receives more than 100 complaints from pilots who observed drones flying near airports and planes. This number used to be just a few each month. The FAA is concerned about the implications of a drone weighing a few pounds being sucked into the engine of an airplane or smashing into the windshield.

Additionally, there have been drone crashes in crowded areas, such as sports arenas and it has been almost impossible to find the operators. Requiring registration will hopefully provide law enforcement officials some information on who owns these drones. The FAA is also studying technology which can help locate drone operators who are flying their drones illegally near airports. The technology tracks the radio signals that are used to operate the drones.

Drones are currently used by law enforcement for surveillance and by manufacturers to monitor equipment and facilities. Some companies, Amazon being one of the most notable, are looking at ways to incorporate drones into their delivery mechanisms. With the growth of personal drones and the difficulty controlling where they fly, privacy concerns are all too real. How does the privacy of an individual weigh against the freedom of another to fly their personal drone anywhere they want. If it flies above another’s property and observes certain activities, is that a violation of one person’s rights? These are important questions which must be answered quickly before someone who does not like a drone flying over their backyard shoots it out of the sky.

Who Is The Real FouseyTube? Just Pranks Or Hidden Agenda

Fouseytube currently has over 2 million subscribers to his own YouTube channel, and over 15 million individuals have already watched his Yoga Pants Prank known as his most-popular video to date. His Facebook page states that his name is Yousef Saleh Erakat during the day and he becomes Fouseytube by night. This is really fitting according to the BBC as this gregarious and super-confident man that is seen on the Fouseytube prank videos is actually very awkward and shy as soon as the cameras stop.

“life is but a dream” the tagline for Yousef Saleh Erakat’s Twitter

In interviews he states that no person can act or walk around like he portrays himself 24 hours a day. He goes on to say that nobody really knows about his real personality when he is by himself.

Yousef Saleh Erakat is 24 years old and was raised in California, he is the youngest out of 4 children and belongs to a Palestinian-American family. When he is “off-stage” he is regarded as the shyest out of all his siblings and there is a vast difference between his private life and his acting persona. This usually comes as a great surprise to any of his followers that enjoy watching the YouTube channel Fouseytube that was first created on the 25 of March 2011.

His YouTube channel portrays a “larger than life” character that plays a host of pranks on various people. Some of the pranks are funny and really silly such as a prank that involves making strangers believe that he has dropped their phones after he has used it.

Yousef indicated very early signs that he was going to become an entertainer and was well known for making various home videos. His sister Noura who is an activist and Human Rights lawyer encouraged her brother to pursue a career in acting. He went on to study at the SJSU (San Jose State University). David Kahn who is chair of theatre, film, radio and television studies at this university says that Yousef is a personable and extremely focused young man as well as been a very funny observer when it comes to the Muslim American life.

Even though he has been described as a hilarious entertainer, he focuses on creating videos that contain underlying moral messages. He has always been known to root for the underdog and the message is always bigger. Now he has many followers that he enjoys portraying these important moral messages to.

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