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Drone Business Owners and UAV Pilots Note New FAA Regs

Drone Business Owners and UAV Pilots Note New FAA Regs

We know that the drone industry is a fast-developing one, so it’s no surprise when the FAA adjusts how it works with those of us who own and operate these pieces of equipment. Today, the change revolves around registration. Starting December 21, 2015, the FAA will require that all model aircraft – including drones, multirotors,

We know that the drone industry is a fast-developing one, so it’s no surprise when the FAA adjusts how it works with those of us who own and operate these pieces of equipment. Today, the change revolves around registration.

Starting December 21, 2015, the FAA will require that all model aircraft – including drones, multirotors, and UAVs – be registered with them. Recognizing that the FAA is mandated to keep our skies safe, they have created this registration bill in order to protect everyone – operators, spectators, and the airline industry.

Two pieces of good news here: 1) the cost to register is only $5 (a fee which will be waived if you register before January 21, 2016), and 2) for those who are US citizens, there’s a really fast, easy web-based registration process. Follow all the updates here, where they’ll likely also post a link to this new form (those who do not meet the citizenship requirements can use the old paper registration system).

You’ll want to take note of some key points of this ruling if you’re an aspiring drone pilot, a drone business owner, or even a UAV hobbyist:

  • The ruling applies to all UAs over 0.55 pounds that are going to be flown outdoors, even if just in your own backyard and even if your drone is homemade.
  • You must register previously-purchased drones – you have 60 days from December 21, 2015 to do so.
  • The individual registering the drone must be 13 years or older.
  • You must always carry your proof of registration with you.
  • If you sell your drone, be sure to remove the registration information from it and then go on to FAA’s site to remove your registration.
  • All UAs weighing less than 55 pounds but more than 0.55 pounds, including all equipment onboard at takeoff, can use the new system. Those heavier than 55 pounds must use the paper form.
  • Failure to register your drone will result in civil penalties up to $27,500 and perhaps even criminal penalties up to $250,000. So take this very seriously.

You can read the full ruling here, or just check out the FAQs page to learn more.

As we head into the holiday season, are you getting a drone for a loved one? If so, perhaps you could include a registration for your gift recipient to make it easier for him or her to enjoy!

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