FAA Drone Regulation Begins Monday
You’ll have to mark the registration number on all the drones you own, and carry the certificate (on paper or electronically on your smartphone) when you’re flying the drone.
Registration will cost $5 and must be renewed every three years, but the fee will be waived for the first 30 days until January 20. Drone owners are required to register basic information including name, address and email address.
FAA officials are hoping that registration will make drone owners operate the devices more responsibly.
Hadaway specializes in drones law as a partner at the law firm Diaz, Reus & Targ, LLP in Miami, Florida.
“When they don’t fly safely, they’ll know there will be consequences”, FAA administrator Michael Huerta said in October.
It’s not really clear what happens if you don’t register your drone. Rather than have the FAA react after a crash, Drone U would rather teach the new drone pilot to avoid a crash in the first place. But because of a few near misses between drones and actual passenger planes, the Federal Aviation Administration now wants them to be registered.
A drone is an unmanned aircraft, which has several restrictions about where it is flown: banned in civil or military controlled airspace; restricted airspace like prisons and military installations; closer than five kilometres to an active aerodrome; and over urban areas, such as cities, towns and villages.
“We comply with safety rules that are set by the National Association of Rocketry”, said Dennis McAuliff, president of the Aurora-based club Prairie State Rocketry.
Personally, I agree that drone registration is needed when we have the likes of people using them for bad or crashing them while firefighters are trying to fight wildfires. For one thing, there does not seem to be a way to tell apart newly purchased drones and existing ones.
Lyle says that he would like to see his company develop a concentration on utility inspections and is looking to establish himself in the local market as a reasonably priced alternative to what he sees as a future wave of businesses competing for customers with their drone services.
On Monday, the Academy of Model Aeronautics, a group representing hobbyists, warned the new registry could violate a law approved by Congress in 2012 that prohibits the FAA from regulating unmanned aerial systems, or UAS, used by its members.
Many people feel the same way and agree that the rules of operating a drone are vague.
Under the new rules, owners of drones weighing between half a pound and 55 pounds will have to register with the FAA at faa.gov/uas/registration.
And he says the registration system goes too far. “But for a hobbiest, we need to revise their registration rules because right now, I think they’re a tab bit overbearing”, said Powers.