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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  • Thank you @Clay,

    so it looks like registration is today per operator and not per model aircraft as declared by FAA ( small UAS registration)

    registration by small aircraft


    Which unmanned aircraft do I have to register?

    Owners must register their UAS online if it meets the following guidelines:

    Weighs more than 0.55 lbs. (250 g) and less than 55 lbs. (25 kg). "

    registration per operator


    Effective December 21, 2015, anyone who owns a small unmanned aircraft of a certain weight must register with the Federal Aviation Administration's Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) registry before they fly outdoors.


    register himself/herself with FAA UAS register

    Since small model UAS  registration legislation provides for registration per  small model

    aircraft , so what comes next is registration per individual small model aircraft


    @Clay,  now you need to protect your registration number against visual inspection by third party individuals, since it is not assigned to

    a real small model aircraft owned by you, identified by technical specification of your small drone.

  • completed registration.  Name, address, phone number, and, of course, credit card....  nothing about the machines I fly or own, how many I have, etc.  very simple and quick.  The process resulted in a certificate that has a registration number on it that needs to be displayed on the outside of all of the UAVs I fly.  so if anyone wants to find where I live they can look me up.  (evil laugh here....)

  • Welcome to the Minority Report



  • Comments on this UAS registration rule are still open until January 15, 2016:


    It's futile now, but you'd be wasting your time anyway without an expert opinion or statistics to back it up. For example, here is some of the language on the 250 gram limit:

    "Mathematically, the Task Force predicts that the likelihood of a fatal accident involving a small unmanned aircraft weighing 250g or less is 4.7 × 10 −8, or less than 1 ground fatality for every 20 million flight hours of small unmanned aircraft 250g or less. The Task Force noted that the acceptable risk level for commercial air transportation is on the order of 1 × 10 −9, and general aviation risk levels are on the order of 5 × 0 −0."

  • Stephen,

    thank you for your very knowledgeable comments sir (including other threads).

    You are obviously well-versed on this issue, and I look forward to seeing more of your posts on here.

    Ernst. . . prior comments between us withdrawn.  I can better understand your point-of-view now.  Apologies sir, and a Merry Christmas to you too!!


  • Hi,

    since December 21, 2015 first deadline closed
    let me know if registration form with website of FAA can be opened
    for registering of small moddel aircraft purchased on December 21 2015.

    Clicking on registration form weblink invokes no operation from Android tablet today.

    I have contacted Secretary Foxx via Twitter last week, to let FAA staff to publish correctly completed small UAS registration form - examples / demos ahead of December 21 2015, the first deadline date, just closed.

    Please let me know if we really need to officially report every model plane/ copter crash to the authorities

    from Q&A by FAA

    Q55. If a drone crashes in my yard what do I do?
    A. Call local law enforcement.

    If my drone crashes in my yard vs.
    if third party drone crashes in my yard

    Q&As make no law
    but I still remember penalties section of the new small model UAS legislation.

    If you can access small model UAS registration form now, please let me know

  • No, that would be an emergency rule under 41 CFR §91.139 'Emergency air traffic rules'. The last time this was used was when all aircraft were grounded on 9/11.

    The part 48 rule did have a 30-day comment period, and as I said, no one challenged it with an adverse comment. No one on the Task Force had an adverse comment. Not the AMA, not the Airline Pilots Association, not the AOPA, not one of the 24 Task Force members. Since the rule was based on decades old law, there was no expectation of an adverse comment. And they received none. If only one adverse comment were filed, the rule would have been stopped.

    The Direct Final Rule has been around since the Administrative Procedure Act was enacted on June 11, 1946 - this is not new, all agencies with rulemaking authority make direct final rules.

  • This rule and affiliated language gives the FAA dominion over all airspace not under a cover and does not just address drones. It makes kids who would like to fly a model airplane over about 40" wingspan register with the government. This is awful rule making, guys. Common/natural law going back to Greek, Roman, English times..and then in America allows for common use of the natural resources including air, water, fish, birds. I realize they're in a pickle with what to do in this new arena. However, to put it mildly, this is not thoughtful, elegant, well thought out, inspired rule making. What were they thinking? 

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