US drone registration rules to be announced today (Monday)

We heard yesterday that this was coming and have been given an idea of what's in them. Its not the best if true.

WASHINGTON–Please join U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx and Deputy Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Administrator Michael Whitaker for an announcement about the aircraft registration process for owners of small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). A Registration Task Force delivered recommendations to FAA Administrator Michael Huerta and Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx on November 21, 2015.

When: Monday, December 14, 2015 at 9:30 a.m. EST

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Comment by John Arne Birkeland on December 14, 2015 at 3:38pm

Soo.. Since you seem to be stuck with this. I was wondering, can it be gamed?

My thinking is that by forcing mandatory registration, are they not also implicitly officially sanctioning copter flying..? And as a sanctioned and registered pilot, it should then be possible to demand certain rights.

Comment by Glen J on December 14, 2015 at 4:13pm

I didn't see anything covering non-US citizen, non-resident registration.  For example a Canadian tourist visiting the US with a drone for recreational purposes?  For $5 I'd register but may not be able to.

Comment by John Dennings on December 14, 2015 at 4:17pm

According to the FAA, registration (and announcing it as Federal Law carrying fine and/or imprisonment for non compliance) is not "regulating model aircraft" ...



.—Notwithstanding any other provision of law
relating to the incorporation of unmanned aircraft systems into Federal Aviation Administration plans and policies, including this subtitle, the Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration may
not promulgate any rule or regulation regarding a model aircraft,
or an aircraft being developed as a model aircraft, if—
(1) the aircraft is flown strictly for hobby or recreational
(2) the aircraft is operated in accordance with a community-based set of safety guidelines and within the programming
of a nationwide community-based organization;
(3) the aircraft is limited to not more than 55 pounds unless otherwise certified through a design, construction, inspection, flight test, and operational safety program administered
by a community-based organization;
(4) the aircraft is operated in a manner that does not interfere with and gives way to any manned aircraft; and
(5) when flown within 5 miles of an airport, the operator
of the aircraft provides the airport operator and the airport air
traffic control tower (when an air traffic facility is located at
the airport) with prior notice of the operation (model aircraft
operators flying from a permanent location within 5 miles of an
airport should establish a mutually-agreed upon operating procedure with the airport operator and the airport air traffic control tower (when an air traffic facility is located at the airport)).
.—Nothing in this section shall be construed to limit the authority of the Administrator to pursue enforcement action against persons operating model aircraft who en-danger the safety of the national airspace system.
.—In this section, the term ‘‘model
aircraft’’ means an unmanned aircraft that is—
(1) capable of sustained flight in the atmosphere;
(2) flown within visual line of sight of the person operating
the aircraft; and
(3) flown for hobby or recreational purposes.

Comment by Fred Goeddert on December 14, 2015 at 4:30pm
Comment by Glen J on December 14, 2015 at 5:21pm


Thanks for finding that.  Hopefully I can register on-line before heading down in the sprig.

Comment by R. D. Starwalt on December 14, 2015 at 5:33pm

From those experienced with this branch of our bloated government...

and more to the point...

Absurd.. simply absurd.


Comment by Scott W on December 14, 2015 at 5:36pm

I still don't understand how this will help them find people who are causing problems. 
If the drone doesn't have a number on it, and the 'pilot' is sitting in a car a kilometer away, how does this help?

It seems like it will only hurt people who mean well and register and are flying in line of sight, but lose control.

So malicious intent is still in the clear, but accidents can be punished. 

Comment by Chris Kovacs on December 14, 2015 at 5:58pm

I assume that this kills any long range fpv flying.  Also, I am not a big fan of providing credit card information to the government as I have already had my personal information compromised.

  Q: Does it cost anything to register?

  A: Federal law requires owners to pay $5 to register their aircraft. However, registration is free for the first 30  days to encourage speedy registration of UAS. During the first 30 days, you must pay $5 with a credit card and a $5 credit will appear shortly afterwards.

  Q. Why do I need to pay to register?

  A. The fee will go to pay for the costs of creating the streamlined web-based registry system, and to maintain and        improve this system. The FAA is legally required to charge a registration fee.

Q. The website said registration is free. Why am I being charged $5?

  A. The credit card transaction helps authenticate the user. You will see a credit for the $5 shortly after the charge appears.



Comment by Ryan Watkins on December 14, 2015 at 7:06pm

Do they have their website up yet? Also, is it just commercially bought copters, or are custom-from-scratch copters also included?

Comment by Strike Eagle III on December 14, 2015 at 7:17pm

I think this whole thing (including the "near miss" report) shows the mass incompetence of the FAA. This is purely a knee-jerk reaction because they don't know what else to do.  I have no intention of registering anything--the FAA can go Foxtrot themselves on this.  


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