While out on a springtime stroll, you look up and spot something hovering overhead. Is it a bird? A plane? Nope. It’s an unmanned aircraft system, more commonly referred to as a drone. Get used to the sight, because you’ll be seeing a lot more of them.
The Federal Aviation Agency launched a drone registry in December 2015. In its first six months, some 460,000 drones across the country were registered, including more than 13,000 in Virginia. Dropping prices — Best Buy lists its cheapest one at $39.99 — have driven sales. The Washington Post reported as many as 1.2 million were sold during the holidays, meaning the number of drone pilots statewide has likely surged.