FAA’s Registration Rules for Small Drones Announced

The FAA has finally announced the registration rules for small drones (UAVs), and registration begins on December 21, 2015, and ends on February 19 of next year.

News from CBS New York says the Federal Aviation Administration announced a new drone registration process Monday aimed at helping federal officials keep track of the growing number of drone owners. The requirement covers aircraft weighing from a half-pound to 55 pounds. Drone owners who are 13 and older will have to register on an FAA website starting Dec. 21. The FAA expects parents to register for younger children. – Read more at:

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According to Petapixel, there’s also going to be a $5 fee. The online registration process will be opened up on December 21st, 2015. If you purchased your drone before that date, you’ll have until the February 19th deadline to register. If you purchase one after December 21st, you’ll need to register immediately before you can legally fly. – Read more at:

The FAA website says the online registration process is streamlined and user-friendly. An excerpt from its press release reads: The rule incorporates many of the task force recommendations. “Make no mistake: unmanned aircraft enthusiast are aviators, and with that title comes a great deal of responsibility,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. “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.”Read more at:

Meanwhile, some drone users are concerned about the required registration fee, according to Fortune. Drone supporters railed against a new government policy unveiled on Monday that requires people who own drones to pay a $5 registration fee. Their complaint: The fee could deter people from registering their drones and, perhaps, reduce demand for them, according to drone industry groups. – Read more at:

This above-mentioned news from Fortune also states that non-compliance could result in $27,500 fine, with criminal penalties reaching as high as $250,000 and three years in prison.

Real estate marketers, social event planners, and fans of aerial photography are among those avid users of drones for their aerial photo services. Many others just enjoy for their own delight the thrill of being able to fly their personal drones and capture great photos and videos. More importantly, drone applications are fast growing and making their mark in many sectors of society.

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