Well today is the day the FAA Drone Registration starts. There seems to be mixed reviews out there as to how effective the drone registration is going to be. Concerns came up as to if someone intends to wrongfully use an unmanned aircraft than odds are they just wont register. It is unknown at this time what the penalty will be for not registering your drone however the FAA states “You will be subject to civil and criminal penalties if you meet the criteria to register a drone and do not register”.
You need to register your aircraft if it weighs between 0.55 lbs. (250 grams) and up to 55 lbs. (25 kg).
The Drone Registration is $5.00 but if you register your drone by Janurary 20th, 2016 then your fee will be refunded. Registering is done thru the FAA Drone registration website online and seems to be pretty easy to do. The registration is good for 3 years time in which you will then need to renew the registration.
You must use the paper registration process if
- You use your aircraft for commercial purposes
- You use your aircraft for other than hobby and recreation
- Your aircraft is 55 lbs. or greater
- You intend to operate your aircraft outside of the United States
The AMA or Academy of Model Aeronautics suggested their members to hold off on registering your drone as they have a plan to protect their members from “unnecessary and burdensome regulations”. I can definitely see the point for hobbyists of FPV Quadcopters and other model aircraft. However I do believe that some sort of regulations needed to be put into place. Time will tell if this drone registration process was the answer.