FAA Announced Drone Registration Rules

In an attempt by the FAA to address drones safety fear, on Dec. 14, 2015 the agency announced new rules which will require drones owners to register their devices in a registry database system. The registry went live on Dec. 21, 2015 a head of the holidays season where 800,000 drones are expected to be purchased.

The agency's registration page is faa.gov/uas/registration. Each owner of a drone is expected to register his/her name, home address, and email address. Registration is free for the first 30 days and $5 fee after that. Upon registration completion, the web application generates a certificate with identification number for the drone, also known as Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS). The certificate is valid for three years.

The new rules apply to drones weighting 55 pounds or less. Drones that are bought before Dec. 21, 2015 will be required to be registered by Feb. 19, 2016. Drones purchased after Dec. 21, 2015 will be required to be registered before the first flight.

According to the F.A.A rules, drone owners should remember to register the machine before first flight, fly below 400 feet altitude, never fly near manned aircraft, never fly over groups of people, and never fly near emergency response efforts.

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