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  • FAA Announces February 19th Registration Deadline for Official Drone Regulations


    All of the drones between 0.55 and 50 pounds will be required to be registered by February 19, 2016 according to an announcement by the US Federal Aviation Administration. The fee will be $5 until January 20 but the money is being refunded in order to encourage sign-ups. People will need to submit information such as their name, home address and email address, at which point they’ll receive a Certificate of Aircraft Registration/Proof of Ownership online with a special identification number. This number must be marked on a drone in case it is retrieved.

    The registration for the drones will be opening on December 21 but people can submit information as early as now to help speed up the process. Web-based submissions are currently being restricted to people that are age 13 or older.

    After the deadline in February, penalties will evolve to something more severe. Civil fines will range up to $27,500 and criminal penalties will scale up to $250,000 and as much as three years in prison. The current registration scheme covers general civilian use of drones, not commercial drone operations. The FAA said it is currently preparing a commercial online registration system for spring 2016.

    For those of you who didn’t know, Drones have proven to be a tough issue for the FAA, with the organization trying to strike a balance between safety, security & privacy, all while allowing growth to continue. Some of the companies, most notably Amazon, have been waiting on the FAA to cement commercial rules so they can begin aerial delivery services. Ultimately, we’ll just have to wait and see how things turn out.

    Source: FAA (Registration)
    This article was originally published in forum thread: FAA Announces February 19th Registration Deadline for Official Drone Regulations started by Akshay Masand View original post
    Comments 9 Comments
    1. miketurbo123's Avatar
      miketurbo123 -
      Up to $250,000 and 3 years in prison! That's quite a punishment.
    1. alanjf's Avatar
      alanjf -
      While I understand the concerns with flying RC crafts, what I would honestly like to know is why all of a sudden there is such a push for regulation and all this media attention when radio control helicopters and planes have been around for around half a century (at least) without any such regulations, registration requirements, etc, and rather considered to be a hobby item. And some even had cameras too (either out of the box or added by the user.) I really don't see what's so different about a drone, when it really is just a variation of the radio helicopter, is it not?
    1. luvmytj's Avatar
      luvmytj -
      The problem is unlike the older RC aircraft where it was limited to true hobbyist who built them from scratch and mainly flew in RC flying fields, the new crop of read to fly multi rotors have changed the game. Now anyone with more money than brains can buy one at their local store, pop it out of the box & fly several miles away with no prior experience. That leads to irresponsible kids & adults doing bad things. While many fly responsibly, many do not, they take unnecessary risk. Between that & the unrelenting media feeding frenzy whipping up the public there is a lot of tin foil hatted paranoid folks out there who don't understand them. This current ruling should be challenged because there was a rule put in place many years ago saying the government can not regulate hobby RC's. It is a sad day when you require an undue burden so you or your child need to submit to government regulation like this. I am all for training without registration. Education is key to ensuring the hobby can continue to exist. I have thousands of dollars tied up in RC aircraft (I own 7 of them) and I am not happy the way the government has "done something" just to appease the paranoid public.
    1. alanjf's Avatar
      alanjf -
      Quote Originally Posted by luvmytj View Post
      The problem is unlike the older RC aircraft where it was limited to true hobbyist who built them from scratch and mainly flew in RC flying fields, the new crop of read to fly multi rotors have changed the game.
      While there were kits you could build from scratch (same with today's drones), pre-built RC helicopters and planes have been existed for decades.

      Now anyone with more money than brains can buy one at their local store, pop it out of the box & fly several miles away with no prior experience. That leads to irresponsible kids & adults doing bad things.
      True, but the same has been true of RC helicopters and even planes. I remember when I was younger seeing people flying RC helicopters around the neighborhood from time to time. (Planes, though, were mainly in wide open areas.)

      While many fly responsibly, many do not, they take unnecessary risk. Between that & the unrelenting media feeding frenzy whipping up the public there is a lot of tin foil hatted paranoid folks out there who don't understand them. This current ruling should be challenged because there was a rule put in place many years ago saying the government can not regulate hobby RC's.
      Agreed.
    1. ArcaReborn's Avatar
      ArcaReborn -
      sad day for drone flyers.....I've been flying DJI Phantom drones for years, never had issue, I stay away from crowded areas, I'm still scared, i don't know why with all my years of flying lol but at the same time i've seen alot of people flying drones right on top of people...
    1. miketurbo123's Avatar
      miketurbo123 -
      Quote Originally Posted by ArcaReborn View Post
      sad day for drone flyers.....I've been flying DJI Phantom drones for years, never had issue, I stay away from crowded areas, I'm still scared, i don't know why with all my years of flying lol but at the same time i've seen alot of people flying drones right on top of people...
      Those drone flyers that get into trouble are mostly teens. Adults shouldn't have to register their drone.
    1. NewD's Avatar
      NewD -
      Sorry to be a noob to this topic.. but what does 'RC' stand for?
    1. jsuddu0109's Avatar
      jsuddu0109 -
      Quote Originally Posted by NewD View Post
      Sorry to be a noob to this topic.. but what does 'RC' stand for?
      I'm assuming remote controlled? But I'm no expert on the subject either.
    1. psxcancer's Avatar
      psxcancer -
      I have to agree at some extent with the registering.

      If they really want people to register and it's not about the money, they should make sure it's free (or at the very least, low enough that people who have more than one wouldn't go broke trying to register them.

      Drones and MultiCopters are fun, but can be very dangerous if something should go wrong.

      Having built several drones and MultiCopters, I can say from experience that some flight controllers.... Just glitch and that's when there's a problem. Especially if they fall on someone's head while flying.

      It's unfortunate that a lot of people don't even know the limitations of their drone or multicopter and the potential hazards after they take flight.