Starting from December 21, all drone owners must register their aircraft with FAA. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said that US residents must register their hobbyist drones by February 19 at its drone registration website.
The FAA’s registration rule (PDF) applies only to hobbyist drones while drones for business purposes are prohibited unless the FAA has granted the business a special exemption.
According to the FAA’s new rules, all consumer drones weighing between 0.5 pound to 55 pounds must be registered. Registration opens December 21 and is free through January 20, After that, the FAA will charge $5 for registration.
To receive a Certificate of Aircraft Registration,drone owners need to share information like name, address, and email. “Failure to register an aircraft can result in civil penalties up to $27,500,” the rule states. “Criminal penalties for failure to register can include fines of up to $250,000.”
Registration can be done on the FAA’s website
Beside the registration, there are some rules for drone owners to keep in mine:
– The drone should be fly below 400 feet altitude.
– The drone must kept in sight at all times.
– The drone can’t fly near manned aircraft, especially near airports.
– The drone can’t fly over groups of people, stadiums or sporting events.
– The drone can’t fly near emergency response efforts.
This regulations come as a result of number of potentially unsafe drone use reports received by FAA (238 reports in 2014 & 1,133 reports in 2015).