Today begins the first day of registration for all unmanned aircraft (Drones) or UAS in the United States (December 21, 2015). The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced on Dec. 14, 2015 a streamlined and user-friendly web-based aircraft registration process for owners of small unmanned aircraft (UAS) weighing more than 0.55 pounds (250 grams) and less than 55 pounds (approx. 25 kilograms) including payloads such as on-board cameras.
In order to get as many new and older owners of drones to register their (UAS), starting today and for the next 30 days registration fee will be waived to all thous who register early. After that, the regular price of $5.00 will applied.
Registration is a statutory requirement that applies to all aircraft. Under this rule, any owner of a small UAS who has previously operated an unmanned aircraft exclusively as a model aircraft prior to December 21, 2015, must register no later than February 19, 2016. Owners of any other UAS purchased for use as a model aircraft after December 21, 2015 must register before the first flight outdoors. Owners may use either the paper-based process or the new streamlined, web-based system. Owners using the new streamlined web-based system must be at least 13 years old to register.
Older and newer owners of UAS can register through a web-based system at www.faa.gov/uas/registration
The Registration Task Force delivered recommendations to FAA Administrator Michael Huerta and Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx on November 21. The new rules for UAS aviators incorporate many of the task force recommendations.
“Make no mistake: unmanned aircraft enthusiast are aviators, and with that title comes a great deal of responsibility,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. “Registration gives us an opportunity to work with these users to operate their unmanned aircraft safely. I’m excited to welcome these new aviators into the culture of safety and responsibility that defines American innovation.”
What You Need To Do
UAS owners will need to complete their online registration before they operate their drones to be legal. They will need to provide their name, home address and e-mail address. After finishing the registration process, the web application will generate a Cerificate of Aircraft Registration/Proof of Ownership that will include a unique identification number for the UAS owner, which must be marked on the aircraft.
The identification number will be good for all drones and model aircraft that are owned by the register. This means that the same I.D. numbers will apply to all UAS’ owned by the register today and in the future, weather it is just one or one-hundred. The registration will be valid for three years for only $5.00 (waived for the first 30 days, from Dec. 21, 2015 to Jan. 20, 2016).
FAA Administrator Huerta said, “We expect hundreds of thousands of model unmanned aircraft will be purchased this holiday season. Registration gives us the opportunity to educate these new airspace users before they fly so they know the airspace rules and understand they are accountable to the public for flying responsibly.”
The full rules for UAS owners and their responsiblity can be viewed here: https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2015/12/16/2015-31750/registration-and-marking-requirements-for-small-unmanned-aircraft.
By, Lance Roberts
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