The consumer drone market is rapidly growing. Drone usage is expanding from videographers who want cool aerial pictures. Now, fire departments, police agencies, chimney services, and many more occupations and industries are finding a use for these gadgets. As of December 21, 2015, the FAA requires all drone users to register the devices with the government.
Do I need to register my drone?
Yes, whether you think it’s necessary or not, you will need to register your drone with the government. If you fail to do so and are caught, you can face some hefty penalties. There has been a rise in drone-related incidents as they become more popular. Often people will fly in restricted zones, like an airport or an off-limit nature area. This past December, it is believed that a drone struck a Boeing 737. The University of Dayton did a simulation to see how a drone would affect a plane wing if it struck it. The results are in the video below. There is also growing privacy concerns as drones can be used to spy on neighbors.
- $5.00 registration fee.
- Fines for flying an unregistered drone is up to $27,500 for civil penalties and up to $250,000 with the possibility of 3 years of jail time for criminal penalties.
- Anyone under the age of 13 years old must have a parent or guardian complete the registration for them.
- All drones weighing more then 0.55 pounds must be registered; if it is lighter, it is exempt from registration.
- Go to the FAA DroneZone website
- Log in with your credentials. If you do not have credentials, follow the steps for creating an account.
- Once you’re in, you will need to select the registration type. Part 107 allows recreational or commercial flying. If you choose commercial, there is a $150.00 fee, and you must pass a certification test. If you decide recreational, it is a $5.00 fee, with no certification. The other option is Section 365, another registration option for people who fly for a recreational model aircraft club.
- Fill out the profile information and agree to the FAA safety guidelines.
- The last step is to fill out your credit card information, and you are good to go.
After you complete those steps, the FAA will issue you a 10-digit registration number. As of February 25th, 2019, all drones must have the registration number visible before flying them. You will also receive an email with the registration. The FAA recommends that you print it out for your records.
FAA Wants To Track All Drones
The FAA recently proposed new rules that would require the remote identification and tracking of drones. The rules would have the drone broadcast their location and identification to the FAA’s location tracking system via an Internet connection.
This ‘tracking’ of drones can seem excessive or a bad thing, but it is necessary if drones are going to have a commercial role. Congress requested the FAA to create a system to track drones back in 2016. Companies like Amazon, FedEx, UPS, and food delivery services are looking to utilize drones to bring their products to consumers faster than current methods. For more information about the proposal, follow this link.
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