Chris Anderson, an early developer of sUAS hardware and ArduPilot firmware

Under new legislation, small Unmanned Aircraft System is subject to compulsory registration prior to the small UAS operating outdoors.

Since home development of model aircraft, small UAS is a procedure made of the following steps:

1. buy parts, install motors, propellers, battery, control unit, radio, sensor/s

2. assembly the above parts

3. test such home developed model aircraft outdoor

loop 1. 2. 3. 

Under new legislation home developers, modellers are banned to test new assembled

small aircraft, small drones outdoors,

since you are required to register any assembled kit before the operating outdoors.

Battery replaced >  New registration required > new registration number assigned

Motors replaced > ..

Propellers replaced > ...

New frame purchased for tests >  New registration required

So in theory and practice, activities of ArduDrone, ArduPlane developers, modellers

have been banned, since any new test is subject to prior registration.

If you claim, you are allowed to replace parts, frame, motor, propellers, battery, controller, radio in your home developed mini drone and such new developed small drone is exempted from compulsory registration, pls let me know your opinion.

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  • We were all blindsided by this, but looking at the members of the the task force and the fact that it was co-chaired by the head of Google's Unmanned Aircraft systems project, it becomes clear where this is all headed:. Here is the list:


    Earl Lawrence, Director of the FAA’s UAS Integration Office
    Dave Vos of Google X


    Task Force members:

    3D Robotics (3DR)
    Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA)
    Aerospace Industries Association (AIA)
    Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA)
    Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA)
    Amazon Prime Air
    Amazon Retail
    American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE)
    Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI)
    Best Buy
    Consumer Technology Association (CTA)
    General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA)
    Helicopter Association
    International (HAI)
    International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP)
    Management Association for Private Photogrammetric Surveyors (MAPPS)
    National Association of State Aviation Officials (NASAO)
    National Business Aviation Association (NBAA)
    Precision Hawk
    Small UAV Coalition

    The UAV contractors and manufacturers have no use for hobbyists. They would just as soon see us banned. They can then raise their prices. And the commercial aviation lobby has no use for us. The retailers, they also couldn't care less so long as they sell the products. They'll ride the wave until the hobby is wiped out, and then sell whatever else comes along. Hate to be the bearer of bad news but RC will never be the same.

  • Stephen / Darius,

    the FAA appears to be open to allowing FPV flying in the future.

    witness the NPRM for small UAS:

      First-person view camera cannot satisfy “see-and-avoid” requirement but can be used as long as requirement is satisfied in other ways.


  • Stephen R Mann: Sorry, the comment wasn't addressed toward you. As for the weight limit, those thresholds of the UK and Europe were brought up by the Task Force.

  • Oops my mistake. (The second one in 2015). Almost a record.

    The FAA is still taking comments on Part 48 sUAS registration - until January 15, 2016.


    Note that rude, politically insulting and uninformed comments do more harm than good. So just saying that you don't like the rule is likely to be simply added to the count of pissed off hobbyists.  If you want the rule to be modified, then provide real reasons. If you think that one-half pound is simply too low a weight threshold, then show them why.  For example 1Kg is the lower threshold for registration in europe (according to the European Aviation Safety Agency -EASA).

  • Darius, the FAA killed more than FPV yesterday.

  • @David,

    hard to believe how new small drone legislation by FAA killed all FPV within just one day.

    First Person View or Fly Per Video was hot item only yesterday.

    Today, old FPV fans make public disclaimers to never fly FPV ;)

    Life is not easy with small drone any more today.

    Manufactures of Fly by 3D Glasses systems may close business.

  • I guess there is a misunderstanding on what FPV is on my part.  I never fly BLOS and I  look at a monitor from time to time to see what I am looking at and my altitude and other information that is displayed on my OSD.  Its really no different than having telemetry on your radio and looking at it from time to time. 


    David R. Boulanger

  • @Stephen,

    you reference UAS registration as opposed to Small UAS registration within weight limits set by FAA.


  • "I saw nothing about FPV in the last 200 and some page release a few days ago.

    Regards, David R Boulanger"

    I've been trying to raise the alarm on the prohibition of BLOS flight for six months.

    Part 107 NPRM modifies Part 1 'Definitions' which inserts the FMRA Section 336 definition of model Aircraft into the rules. The Part 48 registration rule also modifies Part 1.1 'General Definitions' by adding "(2) Flown within visual line of sight of the person operating the aircraft;"

    Further, when you do the mandatory registration, you are required to accept the following:


    The wording is interesting as it now becomes an agreement, not an advisory. In number 2 you promise to not fly BLOS.  One way or another, the FAA seems determined to shut down FPV and BLOS.

  • Hi,

    (for the record and request for comments)

    Peer To Small Aircraft Accident Investition (draft)

    is a historic initiative by operators of small model aircraft, small Unmanned Aircraft Systems that opens the small model aircraft accident investigation process to public participation for the first time.

    Peer to Small Aircraft Accident Investigation
    is an online system that aims the quality and safety of home-made, assembled or purchased small model aircraft (small UAS).

    This pilot project connects an open network for community input.

    The community supplies information, investigation and research based on its expertise.

    This project fully supports the democracy of open participation in the process of Small Aircraft Accident Investigation.

    With Peer To Small Aircraft Accident Investigation, searching for prior small aircraft accidents will be made faster, easier, and all the relevant accident data, technical specification of the model aircraft (small drone) involved will be made available to developers, operators, manufacturers of small aircraft (small Unmanned Aircraft System, small model aircraft) worldwide to boost small aircraft safety and technical advancement in support of the safety guidelines for flying your small unmanned aircraft.

    please let me know your opinion

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