In light of the projected sale of upwards of one million drones over the 2015 Christmas sales season, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has issued its registration and labeling rules. These rules went into effect on December 21, 2015 for all drones that weigh over .55 lbs. and less than 55 lbs. This includes those classified as toys, model drones, etc. The registration can be accomplished online, and the registrant must be 13 years of age.
There are separate rules for drones that exceed the weight restrictions or are to be used for commercial purposes. According to those rules:
Owners must register their UAS by paper if it meets the following guidelines:
- Your aircraft is used for commercial purposes.
- Your aircraft is used for other than hobby and recreation.
- Your aircraft is greater than 55 lbs.
- You intend to operate your aircraft outside of the United States.
Most of the construction industry users will likely be registering on paper.
The drone must have a label on them that meets the following criteria and placement.
The initial $5 registration lasts for three years and the operation of the drones are subject to the rules that the FAA outlined last year. Just before the deadline was announced, 43,000 drones had been registered in the US.
Now lets get our drones registered and flying. Use this link to register your drones.