If you own a small drone you could, until recently, fly it with very few restrictions. But as drone use has increased and the ability to fly higher has improved, so have reports of problems. The government has found it necessary to impose restrictions for safety’s sake.
In mid-October the FAA announced that all drones weighing more than 0.55 pounds (8.8 ounces / 249 grams) in a flight-ready state (with batteries, cameras, and everything else attached) will have to be registered with the FAA.
Registration began December 21. To register you must be a US citizen over age 13. If you register during the first month (until January 20, 2016) the $5.00 registration fee will be either waived or refunded. You will be assigned a registration number that you must mark on the drone in a legible way. If you do not register you will be subject to a monetary penalty.
To complete your online registration click here.
After you register you may want to learn more by viewing the following websites:
- AMA (Academy of Model Aeronautics)
- The FAA (Federal Aviation Administration)
- Unmanned Aircraft Systems (Drone) FAQ
- Dos and Don’ts of model aircraft flight
- Know Before You Fly
You may also want to learn more from these articles in our online library resources:
- The Internet of Drones
- What We Should do to Keep the Skies Safe in the Age of Drones
- FAA Task Force to Set Thresholds for Regulating Drones