It was only a matter of time and that time has come. Beginning December 21, 2015 if you own a drone or plan on purchasing a drone, you will have to register that drone with the FAA. The FAA is giving a grace period of 30 days on the registration fee of $5. After Jan 201, 2016 the fee to register will be $5.
Make no mistake: unmanned aircraft enthusiast are aviators, and with that title comes a great deal of responsibility. Registration gives us an opportunity to work with these users to operate their unmanned aircraft safely. I’m excited to welcome these new aviators into the culture of safety and responsibility that defines American innovation. – U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx
- Anyone operating a UAS between the weight of .55 pounds (250grams) and 55 pounds (25 kilograms)
- If you are currently operating a UAS you have until February 19, 2016 to get registered.
- If you purchased your UAS after December 21, 2015, you must register before your FIRST outdoor flight.
On the registration page, you will find resources on rules and regulations along with a 211 page document discussing:
- Marking guidelins
- Transfer of ownership
- Legal Implications
You can download the document Registration and Marking Requirements for Small Unmanned Aircraft Interim Final Rule which outlines all the above.
Good luck moving forward. Our advice, register your drone and be a smart aviator. A few bad apples have spoiled the bunch and we don’t need any more regulations.
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