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U.S. government to require registration of drones

U.S. government to require registration of drones

Federal regulators said Monday they will require the owners of many drones to register the aircraft with aviation authorities amid growing reports of near misses between the unmanned aircraft and regular air traffic.

Pilot sightings of unmanned aircraft have doubled since last year, according to the Federal Aviation Administration, with reports of drones near airplanes and at major sporting events. There also have been reports of interference with wildfire-fighting operations.

"These reports signal a troubling trend," Federal Aviation Administration chief Michel Huerta said, adding that registration will increase pressure on drone operators to fly...