Drones are pretty cool. We covered the new Solo from 3DRobotics earlier and how they’re separating themselves from the pack.
Well, after a few years of talking about this, it is officially happening. Drone registration is now a real thing, starting on December 21st.
No matter if your craft is a brand new Solo from 3DR, a PVC frame with rotors, or even a gas-powered, 8-blade, super-craft, you have to register it.
From a half pound to 55 pounds, your drone is covered.
Per the U.S. Transportation Secretary:
“Make no mistake: unmanned aircraft enthusiast are aviators, and with that title comes a great deal of responsibility,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. “Registration gives us an opportunity to work with these users to operate their unmanned aircraft safely. I’m excited to welcome these new aviators into the culture of safety and responsibility that defines American innovation.”
The registration process costs the newly titled “aviator” a mere $5 and a few minutes of their day to set everything up on a (hopefully) simple website set up by the FAA.
Here is how it breaks down:
If you purchased your drone before December 21st, you have until February 19, 2016 to register your “Unmanned Aircraft System”, but they’re waiving the nominal $5 fee if you do it before January 20, 2016. Think of it as an “early adoption” incentive.
If you purchase your drone or UAS after December 21st, you must register your aircraft BEFORE flying for the first time.
What happens if you fail to register your drone?
Failure to register an aircraft may result in regulatory and criminal sanctions. The FAA may assess civil penalties up to $27,500. Criminal penalties include fines of up to $250,000 and/or imprisonment for up to three years.
Let’s do this: Purchase your 3DR Solo Quadcopter in-store and we’ll cover the registration fee and get you signed up before you leave the store. Talk to a sales associate and they’ll get you taken care of.
Click here to go straight to the registration page. It’ll be active on December 21st.