US: just like aircraft tail numbers, drones will soon need distinctive marking

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In a new regulatory filing, the Department of Transportation (DOT) has suggested that it will require new drone owners to have “aircraft identification and marking” on their aircraft, similar to tail numbers on manned planes.

Earlier this week, the DOT announced the creation of its new “national registry” of drones. The document, which was published in the Federal Register on Wednesday, cites the rapid increase in the numbers of airborne drones spotted by pilots—apparently double the rate in 2015 compared to 2014.

As the DOT writes:

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