Hobbyist Drone Registration Reinstated

BY Zacc Dukowitz
12 December 2017

A new federal law firmly establishes the FAA’s authority to require drone hobbyists to register their drones with the federal government. Any hobbyist drone weighing between .55 lbs (250 grams) and up to 55 lbs. (25 kg) must now be registered with the FAA.

[Register your drone with the FAA’s sUAS Registration Service.]

The drone registration requirement is a small part of a new $700 billion defense policy bill signed into law yesterday called the National Defense Authorization Act.

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Back in May a U.S. court of appeals struck down the FAA’s right to require drone hobbyists to register themselves with the FAA in the Taylor vs. FAA court case. Since then, hobbyist registrations have declined dramatically, and the hobbyist registration process has been in a legal limbo.

This new law firmly establishes FAA authority for requiring hobbyist drone registrations.

We welcome the reinstatement of registration rules for all small unmanned aircraft. Ownership identification helps promote safe and responsible drone operation and is a key component to full integration.

– FAA Spokesperson, in a statement to TechCrunch

The Small UAV Coalition, which includes huge corporations like Verizon, Intel, and Walmart, has issued a statement thanking congress for “restoring FAA authority to maintain a national UAS registry for both commercial and recreational operators.”

We feel the same way. Reinstating the hobbyist registration requirement helps help keep the skies safer, and will be a positive tool for pushing the drone industry forward when it comes to ensuring that all drone operators are accountable for where, when, and how they fly.

 

Zacc Dukowitz

Director of Marketing

Zacc Dukowitz is the Director of Marketing for UAV Coach. A writer with professional experience in education technology and digital marketing, Zacc is passionate about reporting on the drone industry at a time when UAVs can help us live better lives. Zacc also holds the rank of nidan in Aikido, a Japanese martial art, and is a widely published fiction writer. Zacc has an MFA from the University of Florida and a BA from St. John's College. Follow @zaccdukowitz or check out zaccdukowitz.com to read his work.

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