Drone owners must register with aviation administration before flight
For Philadelphians who enjoy flying their beloved drones across Logan Square on a not so snowy day, you might not be able to enjoy the activity for much longer. So far, nearly 300,000 people have registered with Federal Aviation Administration after the agency required drone owners to make themselves known. The FAA opened the online registry on Dec. 21. Last Thursday was the final day to register without incurring a $5 fee.
It’s not clear how many owners there are of the popular aircraft in the US but hobbyists are reported to have bought as many as 700,000 drones just last year, according to an article appearing on NBCNews.com.
“The registration numbers we’re seeing so far are very encouraging,” said FAA Administrator Michael Huerta in a press release. “We’re working hard to build on this early momentum and ensure everyone understands the registration requirement.”
The FAA’s registration rule applies to small unmanned aircraft that weigh between 0.55 lbs. and 55 lbs. Drone owners would have to register before flying outdoors. Those who purchased their drone before Dec. 21 must register by Feb. 19. The registry is only available for owners who intend to use their drone for “recreational or hobby purposes.” According to the release, the FAA is working to make the system available for commercial operators by March 21.
Owners are required to submit their name, address, and email. Once everything is filed, they will receive a registration number and certificate that they can print out. The registration number must be marked on all aircraft that meet the registration requirement. Registration is valid for three years.
Check out the video below. Someone used their drone to highlight the after effect of the snowstorm here in Philly