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    The federal government wants people who buy drones to start registering the aircraft. Ian Cull reports. (Published Friday, Oct. 16, 2015)

    The federal government wants people who buy drones to start registering the aircraft.

    New rules set to be announced Monday call for drone owners to register the aircraft with the Department of Transportation, NBC News reported. The decision comes after hundreds of drones have been spotted near major airports.

    Photographer Yichen Guo uses a drone to shoot wedding videos around San Francisco. The Daly City resident on Friday was getting his drone repaired after the aircraft last week went haywire.

    "Suddenly the drone just went, left quickly," said Guo, a Daly City resident.

    The uncertainty of drones is one reason the federal government will soon require anyone buying a drone to register it. Guo opposes the plan.

    "I don't want other people to know I have this one, and where I fly it, and how long I fly it," Guo said.

    But government officials said regulations are needed. The Federal Aviation Authority currently receives 100 reports each month from pilots who spot drones flying near their planes or around major airports.

    A drone also hampered aerial firefighting efforts around California this summer.

    "When it hits a transport category aircraft, when it hits one, there's going to be a significant event," Capt. Tim Canoll, who also serves as Air Line Pilots Association president.

    The Mountain View Police Department even tweeted out a picture last month of a drone they found at a park. The registry would help find the owner.

    Armin Monajemi, a manager at the Drones Plus store in Santa Clara, likes the idea of owners having to register their drones.

    "I'm an airplane pilot, I fly single engine, and those aircrafts are all registered," Armin Monajemi said. "Drones are flying aircrafts as well."

    Monajemi hopes more people will fly responsibly. He would even go a step further than what the federal government is proposing by adding basic training to prevent accidents or flying near airports.

    "Because without having any regulations some broad law will say you can't fly the drone over this area at all," Monajemi said.

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