The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) received a lot of hassle when it made its announcement last year when it announced plans to require drone owners to register their craft, both those purchased previously and those which they purchase in future. Even with all this hassle though they’ve seen quite a few drone owners register in the first month.
In a statement, over the first 30 days since the online registration system went online they’ve had nearly 300,000 people register their “small unmanned aircrafts”. If you own a craft between 0.55lbs and 500lbs you are required to register it, with registration required before you are allowed to fly the craft outside.
During the first 30 days, it was free to register, however, there is now a $5 cost for registration. If you purchased your drone before December 21st, 2015, you are required to have registered your drone by the 19th February, with all registrations lasting three years.
With everything from shooting down your neighbours drones and cutting off power in Hollywood, drones have proven to be difficult, with worst case scenarios ending in injuries. Some groups have gone so far as to create anti-drone technology or even an anti-drone police force. With these measures in mind, paying $5 to register your craft isn’t all that bad is it?