FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) has opened window of Drone registration on Monday and on Wednesday FAA announced that more than 45,000 Drones are registered during the Christmas holidays, which shows great rush. Registration will be free until January 21, 2016. After that if you are registering than it will cost you $5. You can register it online throughout a day on it’s official site (https://www.faa.gov/uas/registration).
Drone owners have to register their drones with FAA if they have owned it before December 21 and they have to register before 19, February 2016.
Reason behind doing Drone Registration:
By Drone registration FAA would get to know who are using Drones and users are not doing any irresponsible work. You can also find your lost Drone, if you have made registration.
If you have a drone or any aircraft which weighs between 0.55 pounds and 55 pounds including all payloads like cameras then you now have to register with the FAA. Your registrations would be valid for three years. If anyone would caught flying drones without registration after that date, he/she would have to pay penalties which would be up to $27,500. Criminal penalties includes fine up to $250,000 and up to three years in jail.
Rules of flying Drones:
- Anyone can fly Drone, no licence is needed.
- You can not fly it higher than 400 feet.
- You can not fly over emergency responders.
- You can not fly over large group of people.
- Keep your generated certificate with you while flying Drones.
According to FAA note, “Registrants will need to provide their name, home address and e-mail address. Upon completion of the registration process, the web application will generate a Certificate of Aircraft Registration/Proof of Ownership that will include a unique identification number for the UAS owner, which must be marked on the aircraft.”
US secretary of transportation Anthony Foxx said that, “Make no mistake: unmanned aircraft enthusiast are aviators, and with that title comes a great deal of responsibility. Registration gives us an opportunity to work with these users to operate their unmanned aircraft safely. I’m excited to welcome these new aviators into the culture of safety and responsibility that defines American innovation.”