FAA: Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Registration & Rules

16. December 2015

If you own a drone (UAV / UAS), you must register it with the Federal Aviation Administration’s Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) registry.

Official UAS / drone rules announced by the FAA

The FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) announced official rules for registering drones in the United States of America. Registration applies to a range of UAS sizes, between 250 gram and 25 kilogram, which, includes professional working platforms like AscTec Falcon 8, AscTec Neo, AscTec Firefly, AscTec Pelican, and AscTec Hummingbird as well as end user products like the Yuneec Q500, 3DR Solo and DJI’s Inspire and Phantom series. But the registration process only applies to hobby and toy drones for recreational use. Rules for commercial operators will be available soon. To this date there is the FAA Section 333 Exemption regulation for commercial drone operators. Over 2,614 petitions have been granted by the FAA (12/15/2015) right now.

Registration mandatory from December 21

Everyone, who wants to takeoff in the USA has to register here! Within the first 30 days drone registration is free.

So register before January 20, 2016 and your $5 registration fee will be refunded!

Then it will cost you five bucks. Officially registration begins on December 21 and you have to register before your first drone flight – whether or not for the purpose of commercial drone service or just for fun. A federal law effective December 21, 2015 requires unmanned aircraft registration, and you are subject to civil and criminal penalties if you do not register.

FAA’s Interim Final Rules for UAS

The interim final rule (IFR) by the FAA provides an alternative process that small unmanned aircraft owners may use to comply with the statutory requirements for aircraft operations. As provided in the clarification of the statutory requirements unmanned aircraft systems require to be registered prior to operation. Here you can find the complete FAA press release about that: http://www.faa.gov/news/press_releases/news_story.cfm?newsId=19856&cid=TW378

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