You’re required to register your drone with the FAA if your small unmanned aircraft (sUAS) weighs between .55 lbs and less than 55 lbs. This includes any and all attached payloads; camera, GoPro, etc. Registrants must be at least 13 years of age, and the FAA charges $5.00. FAA drone registration must be renewed every three (3) years. The FAA wants to be sure than hobbyists abide by some of the same safety rules that commercial remote pilots must adhere to. The rules for hobbyists are:
- The aircraft is flown strictly for hobby or recreational use;
- The aircraft operates in accordance with a community-based set of safety guidelines and within the programming of a nationwide community-based organization (CBO);
- The aircraft is limited to not more than 55 pounds, unless otherwise certified through a design, construction, inspection, flight test, and operational safety program administered by a CBO;
- The aircraft operates in a manner that does not interfere with, and gives way to, any manned aircraft; and
- When flown within 5 miles of an airport, the operator of the model aircraft provides the airport operator and the airport air traffic control tower (when an air traffic facility is located at the airport) with prior notice of the operation. Model aircraft operators flying from a permanent location within 5 miles of an airport should establish a mutually agreed upon operating procedure with the airport operator and the airport air traffic control tower (when an air traffic facility is located at the airport).
To register your drone, click here: FAADroneZone.faa.gov
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