You are now required to register all unmanned aircraft, including drones

If you currently own, or plan to buy a drone, you'll want to check out the new ruling from the FAA about the flight regulations. Earlier this year the FAA proposed new regulations to be put in place for these aircraft, and now the new rules are in effect. Under this statute, any aircraft weighing more than 0.55 pounds and less than 55 pounds, including the on-board cameras and other payloads must be registered. If you are purchasing a new unit, you'll need to register prior to your first flight, but existing owners will get a little bit of slack.

Under this rule, owners who previously operated an unmanned aircraft exclusively as a model aircraft prior to December 21, 2015, must register no later than February 19, 2016. Owners of any other UAS purchased for use as a model aircraft after December 21, 2015 must register before the first flight outdoors. Owners may use either the paper-based process or the new streamlined, web-based system. Owners using the new streamlined web-based system must be at least 13 years old to register.

The first 30 days of registration are free, and then you'll be required to pay $5 after that. If you are already flying, or plan to be flying any of these aircraft, you'll want to make sure that you register it in time.

Source: FAA

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3 Comments
  • The stupid part is this wasn't a problem for decades, and all of a sudden it is... I remember in the early 1990s having a radio controlled helicopter. That's an unmanned aircraft. This entire thing is BS and was only done for greedy reasons. Now the government can charge registration fees.
  • Who down voted this? What I said is true, it's even in the article; $5 per unmanned aircraft is being charged to register these things. It's all just a ploy to get more money out of us.
  • So if a have a 56lb. drone I don't have to register?