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Drone Registration Celebrates First Birthday: How Has it Fared?

Posted by Betsy Lillian on December 21, 2016

Over the past year, according to the Federal Aviation Administration, the agency’s system has registered a whopping 616,000 drone owners.

FAA Opens up Online UAS Registration to Non-Hobbyist Operators

Posted by Betsy Lillian on March 31, 2016

As planned, the Federal Aviation Administration has established its online registration system for commercial, public and other non-model aircraft operations. The agency first opened Web-based registration for model unmanned aircraft system (UAS) operators on Dec. 21, 2015. The FAA says [Read More]

Flying Your UAS in a Few Years? No Need to Register Right Now, Says FAA

Posted by Betsy Lillian on March 22, 2016

Even though an operator had been flying his model aircraft before Dec. 21, 2015, he need not register if he has no intention to fly it for another two to three years, the agency has clarified in a letter.

D.C. Group Files Lawsuit To Overturn FAA UAS Registration

Posted by Betsy Lillian on February 18, 2016

TechFreedom, a nonprofit think tank in Washington, claims mid-December’s “rushed out” registration rules are unlawful.

FAA: Almost 300,000 UAS Operators Registered in 30 Days

Posted by Betsy Lillian on January 22, 2016

Within the first 30 days of the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) unmanned aircraft registration system, nearly 300,000 owners registered their device, according to the agency. Owners who registered in the first month received a refund for the $5 application fee. [Read More]

FAA: Free UAS Registration Is Almost Over

Posted by Betsy Lillian on January 19, 2016

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is reminding operators of recreational unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) that time is running out to register their aircraft for free. Owners who register before midnight EST on Jan. 21 will be reimbursed for the $5 [Read More]

‘The DRONE Act of 2016’ Would Mandate License Plates for Unmanned Aircraft

Posted by Betsy Lillian on January 14, 2016

California State Assemblyman Mike Gatto, D-District 43, has announced what he calls a comprehensive solution to the challenges that drones pose: The Drone Registration/Omnibus Negligence-prevention Enactment (DRONE) Act of 2016. “If cars have license plates and insurance, drones should have [Read More]

AMA Offers New Advice on Registering UAS

Posted by Betsy Lillian on January 11, 2016

Following the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) newly announced requirement for recreational unmanned aircraft system (UAS) operators to register before flying, the Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) suggested its members hold off on doing so until being advised further by AMA [Read More]

AMA Offers Guidance for Commenting on FAA UAS Registration Rules

Posted by Betsy Lillian on December 30, 2015

The Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) – which recently advised its members to not register their model aircraft with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) until the federal deadline of Feb. 19 or until AMA advises them to do so – [Read More]

Site Maintenance Needed After 45K UAS Operators Register With FAA

Posted by Betsy Lillian on December 23, 2015

Citing performance issues reported by a small number of unmanned aircraft system (UAS) registrants, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is in the process of performing site maintenance and temporarily suspending the Web-based registration service during overnight hours. The FAA says [Read More]

UAS Registration Kicks Off; AMA Tells Members to Wait

Posted by Betsy Lillian on December 22, 2015

The Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Web-based registration system for small, recreational unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) went live yesterday, but the Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) is advising its members not to register just yet. In a blog, AMA says its [Read More]

Will Drone Registration Plus Better Enforcement Equal Fewer Bad Eggs?

Written by Betsy Lillian on December 17, 2015

According to a Connecticut senator, mandatory UAS registration is a step in the right direction, but the FAA needs to make sure more reckless operators face the consequences of their actions.

Unmanned & Manned Aviation Industries Weigh in on Registration Rulemaking

Written by Betsy Lillian on December 15, 2015

Stakeholders from both parties have expressed concerns with the agency’s imposing a $5.00 fee for UAS registrants.

FAA Releases Interim Registration Rules for Unmanned Aircraft

Posted by Betsy Lillian on December 14, 2015

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has announced the interim final rules regarding registration for small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) in the U.S. The agency, which calls the process streamlined, user-friendly and Web-based, says the rules incorporate many of the task [Read More]

Small UAV Coalition: FAA Registration Rules Should Preempt State/Local Requirements

Posted by Betsy Lillian on December 01, 2015

In response to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)-released report of the recommendations for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) registration, the Small UAV Coalition is applauding the effort of the task force’s work in completing the report but is suggesting additional considerations. [Read More]

Drone Registration is Coming! It’s Going to be OK

Written by Jonathan Evans on November 30, 2015

When I first took flight as a 10-year-old from a dirt road in New England, I discovered what generations of pilots have known: The sky is the domain of freedom and adventure, recreation and innovation. To me, there is nothing [Read More]

AMA: Federal Registration Would be ‘Unjustified Burden’ for Model Aircraft

Posted by Betsy Lillian on November 25, 2015

Following the release of the recommendations for the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) drone registration initiative, the Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) says it is holding strong to its opinion that the suggestions, as written, would make registration an unnecessary and [Read More]

Drone Registration Rules: The Task Force’s Proposition

Written by Betsy Lillian on November 23, 2015

The group’s recommended process – free and Web-based, among other things – is aimed to be “minimally burdensome to consumers and professionals,” according to DJI.

FAA Says Don’t Bother Hiring Drone Registration Companies

Posted by Betsy Lillian on November 17, 2015

After announcing in October that it will require U.S. drone operators to register their aircraft, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is now advising unmanned aircraft system (UAS) users to “think twice” before paying companies to help the operators with the [Read More]

Aviation Subcommittee’s LoBiondo, Larsen Name Priorities for UAS Registration

Posted by Betsy Lillian on November 05, 2015

U.S. Rep. Frank LoBiondo, R-N.J., and U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen, D-Wash., chairman and ranking member of the aviation subcommittee of the U.S. House of Representatives, respectively, have outlined what they feel are the top priorities in establishing a national registry [Read More]