The FAA told CNBC that it will conduct “extensive outreach” about registration once rules are implemented. Possible methods include manufacturers sending emails to previous customers or including registration information in packaging, said Gregory McNeal, a professor of law at Pepperdine University and co-founder of airspace data provider AirMap.
McNeal, who served on the task force, downplayed concerns about users failing to register. He noted that, outside of FAA and manufacturer efforts, the issue has already received extensive media coverage.
“You’d have to sort of live under a rock to not be aware that this registration process is underway,” he said.
Requiring registration at the device’s sale — online or at a store checkout — could reduce the number of people failing to sign up. While some members of the task force urged the FAA to offer it as an option, others noted that the FAA would overreach its authority to regulate only the operation, and not the sale, of aircraft.