Asked For A Drone For Christmas? Don’t Forget To Register It.
As the holidays fast approach, visions of remote controlled flying sugarplums zoom through the heads of many. Drones have been in the news a lot over the past year, not all of it good, and the government has stepped in and decided to add regulations for enthusiasts and hobbyists to keep some semblance of order in the skies. After December 21, all owners of “unmanned aircraft systems” that are 0.55 pounds to 55 pounds will be required to register their drones with the Federal Aviation Administration. The FAA has a website where this can be done easily:
You must be at least 13 years old to register as an owner of a drone. They also ask that you follow a few guidelines:
- Don’t fly beyond the sight of the operator
- Don’t fly near any manned aircraft
- Don’t fly your drone for profit or business
The FAA also encourages you to look up and join local clubs for drones and model aircraft, as they will have safe spaces where you can fly, as well as teach you to fly your drones responsibly.