Drone owners across the Southland will now have to¬†register their small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) with the Federal Aviation¬†Administration if they intend to fly them outdoors.
The FAA‚Äôs new web-based registration system for small UAS began Monday.
Hobbyists and recreational users who fly UAS, which include remote controlled
aircraft, may register at www.faa.gov/uas/registration.
Owners must register small UAS weighing more than 0.55 pounds and less
than 55 pounds if they are to be flown outdoors. Transportation Secretary
Anthony Foxx and FAA Deputy Administrator Mike Whitaker announced the rule
requiring registration earlier this month.
Aircraft operated by the current owner before Dec. 21, 2015, must be
registered no later than Feb. 19, 2016. For all others, registration is
required prior to the first outdoor flight. Owners must provide their complete
name, physical address, mailing address, and a valid email address to register.
Federal law requires a $5 registration fee that will be collected at the
time of registration via credit card. To encourage speedy compliance, the
FAA is making the process free for the first 30 days. The registration website
will initially charge the owner‚Äôs credit card $5, but a refund credit will
appear shortly afterward, according to the FAA.
After completing registration, owners will receive a personal
registration number. If a person owns more than one small UAS, each aircraft
must be marked with that number. Any method may be used to mark the UAS, as
long as the number is legible. Registrants may put the number in the battery
compartment if it is easily accessible.
The FAA will immediately email a certificate containing the holder‚Äôs
name, registration number, and the dates of issuance and expiration. The
operator must keep either a printed or electronic version of this certificate
on hand for inspection as proof of registration. Registration must be renewed
every three years.