I don't think that's besides the point; I think that IS the point. This does nothing but inconvenience and intimidate well-meaning people.Of course people who want to do evil things won't be effected, but thats besides the point!
WHAT near-misses? Did you watch the YouTube link of the press-conference? Someone asked point-blank how many 'near misses' there have been, and they stammered and said "there's no doubt there have been a big increase in reports". They didn't even attempt to discuss any ballpark figure of the number of legitimate sightings or concerns. If they can't quantify a number, how is 'registration' going to fix the problem, or even be effective in locating the owner?My bet would be that most of the airport near misses
You think that's the only way to force more understanding? Not one person is suggesting that we don't have an education problem. But this is heavy-handed, not to mention completely rushed. They have yet to make one sane decision around UAVs, and they want to have a registration program in place by Christmas. If that doesn't raise a whole host of internal concerns for you, perhaps you should be paying closer attention.If by registering people are forced to have more understanding of safe operation and understand that they can be held accountable then hopefully the results will be positive.