Saturday, December 26, 2015

New FAA Rules Require Drone Registration

New FAA Rules Require Drone Registration

As of December 21, 2015 all drones need to be registered with the FAA. Those of us receiving drones as gifts for the holidays need to hurry up and register before they take flight outdoors.

What Exactly Is a Drone Anyways?

Drones, or otherwise referred to as unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), are the latest sensation in personal remote controlled flying craft. While these are normally classified asquadcopters, many can be flown wirelessly by cellphone and some are able to fly without constant radio communication by following waypoints and flight paths.

What RCs Are Affected?

While this is mainly intended for drones, it sounds like this covers any flying device being remote controlled. It will affect any drone planned to be used outside including those homemade drones out there. It includes drones weighing more than 250 grams (0.55 lbs.) and less than 55 lbs. There is a separate registration for those bigger drones.

Which Flying RCs Don’t Have to Be Registered?

Drones classified as toys are often ones weighing less than 250 grams. These are often classified as micro quadcopters and drones to be flown indoors.

History of Flying Remotely

While drones are a nuisance for some, it’s part of a long history of flying RC devices. RC planes and helicopters have been around for a many years and have for the most part been used in a safe manner. With the advent of drones, just about anyone can fly them in minutes. These modern drones have an incredible flying ceiling and speed capabilities. Unfortunately this has lead to a lot of bad experiences, from trespassing to interfering with fire and police, not to mention bad press.

Will It Work?

On the surface this will curb those most common problems, especially those involving lost drone recoveries and a way to match up a sale to a crime. Building a database of dronesales also allows police to focus on those who might have registered their drones in a particular neighborhood so they can talk to the owners and solve a crime. The problem with registration is people who plan do nefarious things with their drones simply won’t register, and even if they did, are you going to be able to identify the owner of a drone which zipped by your window? Unless a user captures the drone and has some type of identification on it, then it simply doesn’t matter.
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