So the time is here. Because our fellow “man,” the few that screw everything up for everyone else, has done some seriously stupid-ass things by interfering with official law enforcement or rescue operations or news reporting, the rest of the world has to now abide by some silly ass rules about owning a quad copter.
In 2014 there were 238 reports of unsafe drone operation. In 2015, there were over 1,000. The idiots are coming out of the woodwork.
But… instead of just making it a simple registry, required for all quad copter owners, the Feds took this opportunity to make a quick buck off of anyone who owns a quad copter that weighs more than 0.55 pounds or 250 grams. (By the way, that Hubsan X4 (H107C) pictured above is one of the best little beginner drones that weighs less than .55 pounds and costs only around $40!)
And the thing is that not only are drone owners being forced to register, but the registry will be public. (Which means it is time to bake up that extra email address I’ve always purported using.)
But if you think you’re too small of a fry to worry about registering, there are a few things you should ponder.
First, it is mandatory in the U.S. that you register with the FAA.
After December 21st, 2015, you have to register any drone (over .55 lbs. or 250 grams) that you purchase BEFORE YOUR FIRST FLIGHT OUTDOORS. If you already own one, you have until 2-16-16 to register with the “Imperial Forces.”
You have to be 13 or older to register. If the drone is being bought for someone younger, an older person MUST register it.
It is a “mere” $5 fee, but right now it is free until 1-20-16.
Here’s the additional kicker: Your registration is only good for three years, when you will have to renew your registration with the “Imperial Forces.”
To register, the information you will need to have on-hand includes,
- An email address
- Credit or Debit card
- Physical address and mailing address (if different from physical address)
- Make and model of your drone
“Once you receive a registration number, you can use it on all of your unmanned aircraft if they meet the online registration criteria. You must mark the registration number on all aircraft you own.”
Well, at least they’re not trying to totally dig into our pockets… yet.
These registration restrictions only apply to hobbyists. Professional drone users have to go through different hoops than the rest of us.
Now if you are thinking about joining the “rebel forces” and saying peshaw to the registration requirements, think again.
I’ve had a-hole neighbors call the cops on me and my dog, even when the dog never interacted with them, barked or anything. We were just practicing our disc dog routines while they were in the warmth of their living rooms, looking outside and apparently being offended by the fun I was having. But there are those numb-nuts that feel like they have to ruin everyone else’s fun.
And since if would take only one person to screw up your day (and your wallet), you might want to know that…
“Failure to register an aircraft can result in civil penalties up to $27,500“ With “Criminal penalties for failure to register can include fines of up to $250,000.”
Remember, or at least they say to remember…
“Unmanned aircraft enthusiast are aviators, and with that title comes a great deal of responsibility.”
So there. (Man, does this sound like the “Superhero registration act” we’re about to see in the upcoming Captain America: Civil War film, or what?)
You can register your device of social destruction at FAA Drone Registration Site