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FAA Announces Rules for Aircraft Registration Process

The FAA has finally spoken, listed below are the results. Registration begins on December 21st.

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Owners using the model aircraft for hobby will only have to register once.

I try to make sure any news we report on here at FG is giant scale only. This story affects us all. The info we received on this was just released this morning. FG and RCGroups was also invited to be in on the Q & A call from the FAA. I have posted a link to that as well.

Here are the facts:

The FAA followed some of the proposed recommendations from their Registration Task Force, and decided not to on others. The FAA just posted the rules on 12/14/2015, just in time for the perceived influx of toy quadcopters on Christmas morning that might fly into restricted airspace by children and dads.

Heres a summary of the rules:

  • Registration is required for: small unmanned aircraft (UAS) weighing more than 0.55 pounds (250 grams) and less than 55 pounds (approx. 25 kilograms).
  • 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 register through a web-based system at www.faa.gov/uas/registration.
  • Registrants will need to provide their name, home address and e-mail address. Upon completion of the registration process, the web application will generate a Certificate of Aircraft Registration/Proof of Ownership that will include a unique identification number for the UAS owner, which must be marked on the aircraft.
  • Owners using the model aircraft for hobby or recreation will only have to register once and may use the same identification number for all of their model UAS. The registration is valid for three years.
  • The normal registration fee is $5, but in an effort to encourage as many people as possible to register quickly, the FAA is waiving this fee for the first 30 days (from Dec. 21, 2015 to Jan 20, 2016).

Audio from the FAA Call

FAA Drone Registration Conference Call (26 min 26 sec)

Links:

FAA Rules for Drone Aircraft Registration Process news release

FAA Drone Registration Website (not live yet)

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Old 12-14-2015, 10:31 AM
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I think we all should refuse to register
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Old 12-14-2015, 10:33 AM
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Laws are only followed by law abiding citizens. This will do absolutely nothing to curtail the yahoos that behave irresponsibly with our rc technology.
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Laws are only followed by law abiding citizens. This will do absolutely nothing to curtail the yahoos that behave irresponsibly with our rc technology.
Q. Why do I need to register?
A. Federal law requires aircraft registration. Registration helps us ensure safety for you, others on the ground, and manned aircraft. UAS pose new security and privacy challenges and must be traceable in the event of an incident. It will also help enable the return of your UAS should it be lost.


Q: What is the penalty for failing to register?
A: Failure to register an aircraft may result in regulatory and criminal sanctions. The FAA may assess civil penalties up to $27,500. Criminal penalties include fines of up to $250,000 and/or imprisonment for up to three years.

I register to hunt. I register to fish. I register to drive. Now I register to fly my models. All thanks to naive individuals that make bad choices, and bad people that make bad choices.
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What is so sad those with pilot licenses would get the most damage because they would probably go after your license
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>>>The normal registration fee is $5, but in an effort to encourage as many people as possible to register quickly, the FAA is waiving this fee for the first 30 days (from Dec. 21, 2015 to Jan 20, 2016).<<<

Just another way for them to make a buck for something that's absolutely meaningless.
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I fail to see how they have the manpower to enforce any of this.
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what really pissis me off is a couple years ago when this first started the AMA had a chance to separate us from the drones . And didn't congress pass a law that said the FAA could not impose any rules or regulations on radio control modeling
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What is so sad those with pilot licenses would get the most damage because they would probably go after your license
Can't even fathom losing my pilot license because of a mishap with my models............................................ .
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Here is the actual media phone call from this morning...
FAA Drone Registration Conference Call (26 min 26 sec)
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what really pissis me off is a couple years ago when this first started the AMA had a chance to separate us from the drones . And didn't congress pass a law that said the FAA could not impose any rules or regulations on radio control modeling
I thought so as well, I will just refer any FAA police to my AMA number on my aircraft and then say "Have a nice day!"
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I think if we are going have to register.. it should have to be done at the hobby shop or online store it is bought at.. this is the only way to keep the yahoos from not registering....
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I register to hunt. I register to fish. I register to drive. Now I register to fly my models. All thanks to naive individuals that make bad choices, and bad people that make bad choices.
So now it all becomes clear why we have been driving for separation
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I fail to see how they have the manpower to enforce any of this.
FAA said they will leave that up to local law enforcement. Great, all we need is Johnny Law trying to meet quota at the end of the month, going to every model airplane field in the county and checking for registration numbers...
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damn quads going to ruin this hobby
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