2015 has been a stellar year for drones. Prices have come down, features have gone up and it seems everyone is jumping on the drone bandwagon…including the Federal Government today. Technically they are not on the bandwagon, they are more watching and recording everyone who gets on the bandwagon!
If You Own a Drone That Weighs Over .55 Pounds, You Need to Register It
Starting today, if you own a Drone, or more accurately a Small Unmanned Aircraft System (sUAS), that weighs over .55 pounds, you need to register it with the FAA. The good news, for the next 30 days registration is free and you only need to register once, even if you own multiple drones.
Registration is fairly painless and can be done online. Once you register, you will get a registration number and that number must be written on any drone you fly.
What If I Don’t Register?
The FAA will help you get rid of all that messy cash you have lying around and perhaps find you a new place to live for the next 3 years…
“Q6. What is the penalty for failing to register?
A. Failure to register an aircraft may result in regulatory and criminal sanctions. The FAA may assess civil penalties up to $27,500. Criminal penalties include fines of up to $250,000 and/or imprisonment for up to three years.”
Don’t Forget Your Registration Certificate When You Fly
In addition to writing your registration number on your drone, you will also need to have the FAA registration certificate with you when you fly your drone.
Hey, It Could Have Been Far Worse…
While it is a bit of a pain to register your drones, things could have been much worse for us hobby drone owners. There is no training or license procedure that you need to go through to fly your drone. So, if you do get a nice shiny drone this Christmas, you can register while the battery is charging and still have plenty of time to go out and try to find Santa’s sleigh racing back to the North Pole.
Visit the FAA sUAS Site To Learn More and Register