Not everyone is crazy about the new requirement by the FAA that hobbyists must register their drones. Some consider it an invasion of privacy or an unreasonable intrusion of government.
Personally, I don’t have a problem with it. Thanks to the jackassery of some morons, anti-drone hysteria has led to this.
As far as the regulations themselves are concerned, I think they are reasonable and easily complied with: Registration is tied to the owner and is required only once, not for each drone. Your drones will need to be marked with your Registration number somewhere easily accessible – the battery compartment for example. Basically, that’s about it. You must carry your drone registration certificate with you when you are flying your drone. Quick, cheap and easy.
- All aircraft between 250 grams and 55 pounds will have to be registered. This includes all remotely controlled model aircraft (not just multirotor “drones”).
- Registration will be live through an online portal starting Dec. 21 and will require a $5.00 fee to be paid. Registrations submitted within the first 30 days will receive a full refund.
- This initial system applies only to recreational use of drones and not commercial use. Each registrant will only need to register once for all of their aircraft and will receive a number to place with each of them.
- Drones purchased before Dec. 21 will have until Feb. 19 to register with the FAA. A Drone purchased after Dec. 21 will require the operator to register before its first flight.
- U.S. citizens or permanent residents who are 13 or older can register for a period of three years and then a renewal will be necessary. A certificate is issued to the registrant, which must be carried with that person whenever operating their aircraft.
- Failure to register an aircraft may result in civil penalties up to $27,500 and criminal penalties of up to $250,000 and/or imprisonment for up to three years.