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FAA Ruling on UAS Registration is Out

Posted By John Palatiello, Monday, December 14, 2015

The FAA released the final regulations for registration of UAS this morning.

FAA briefed stakeholders earlier today.

Thanks to John Perry of Altavian, who represented MAPPS and the geospatial community on the FAA task force.

You can read the official FAA document here.

Here are highlights.

  • To be released today by FAA, emailed to stakeholders and posted on website
  • Effective date is December 21
  • Current owners have 60 days to register their aircraft
  • New purchasers on or after December 21 must register before using the UAS
  • Covers all UAS from .55 pounds (250 grams) to 55 pounds
  • Model/hobby owners must register once
  • Non- model/hobby (e.g. commercial) must register each aircraft
  • Registration is not required at point of sale, but can be done so voluntarily
  • model/hobby will register name, address, email
  • Non- model/hobby (e.g. commercial) will register name, address, email, make, model and serial number
  • All owners age 13 and above must register
  • There is a $5 registration fee, every 3 years
  • Registration will be web based
  • A certificate of registration will be emailed by FAA or an individual can use the mail via the current Part 47 process
  • A registration number on the aircraft will be required
  • Registration is by individual, not by corporation.  A corporate process will be implemented at a later date.

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