The FAA Wants Drone Operators to Pay $5 to Register Their Toys

December 14, 2015 8:03 PM

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As expected, hobbyists who own and operate drones that weigh between .55 pounds and 55 pounds upon takeoff will be required to register with the FAA or risk a financial penalty and possible jail time for noncompliance. Hobbyist registrants will have to provide their name, address, and email address and will in turn receive a single registration number that they must then mark on all of the drones in their fleet. Registration will be free of charge between Dec. 21, 2015, and Jan. 20, 2016. After that, registration will cost $5.

I’m still working my way through the full registration rules. On first read, though, it appears that the FAA generally followed the advice of its drone-registration task force—with the notable exception of the $5 registration fee. The task force strongly recommended that registration be free of char...

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