FAA Announces Small UAS Registration Rule

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The Point changes shape every year, this was shot with a drone from a boat off the shoreline.

There are new rules for drone fliers throughout the United States now and also locally.  You now have to register your drone with the federal government, that press release is below.  Especially in the Delaware State Parks.  You can not operate any remote controlled aircraft in a Delaware State Park without a permit.  Many towns are also coming out with rules for these aircraft.  TJ Redefer is one of the most knowledgeable drone operators in Sussex county, you may have seen his Facebook page Sky Jack pics or some of his work in publications.  Used properly drones can be a great tool for businesses, videographers, or just fun for the whole family.  But there are always those few that have to use them maliciously and that creates rules for everyone.  Like the guy that flew one towards the White House or the other guy that had one land in a protected natural fountain out west.  If you get a drone please use it responsibly, they are a lot of fun and can be very cool.  Some people find them intrusive due to the the camera, and that is understandable.  You would be shocked to know just how many times you are on camera everyday, not just personal cameras, but official ones like banks and security.  If you get one of the expensive drones and haven’t flown one before, I recommend you get a small cheap one and learn to fly that one first.  Trust me you will be better off and not destroy your expensive drone, been there done that.

Fish On!!

Rich King.

FAA Announces Small UAS Registration Rule

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WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today announced 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.

The Registration Task Force delivered recommendations to FAA Administrator Michael Huerta and Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx on November 21. The rule incorporates 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.”

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Drone we found washed up on the beach

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.

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.

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A decked out Drone can fly very fast and for long periods of time .. photo by Ian Gifford

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).

“We expect hundreds of thousands of model unmanned aircraft will be purchased this holiday season,” said FAA Administrator Huerta. “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 online registration system does not yet support registration of small UAS used for any purpose other than hobby or recreation – for example, using an unmanned aircraft in connection with a business. The FAA is developing enhancements that will allow such online registrations by spring of 2016.

The full rule can be viewed here:www.faa.gov/news/updates/media/20151213_IFR.pdf

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