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FAA registered nearly 300,000 unmanned aircraft owners

Staff writer |
Nearly 300,000 owners have registered their small unmanned aircraft in the first 30 days after the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) online registration system went live.

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Owners who registered in the first month received a refund for the $5 application fee.

The agency continues to see a steady stream of daily registrations. While the refund period expired today, the fee will still cover all the small unmanned aircraft that owners intend to use exclusively for recreational or hobby purposes.

The FAA’s registration rule, which took effect on December 21, 2015, applies to small unmanned aircraft that weigh between 0.55 lbs. and 55 lbs. Owners of these aircraft must register before they fly outdoors. People who operated their small unmanned aircraft before December 21 must register by February 19, 2016.

The current online system is only available for owners who intend to use their small unmanned aircraft exclusively for recreational or hobby purposes. The FAA is working to make the online registration system available for non-model aircraft users – such as commercial operators – by March 21.

Registration is simple and is done online. Once the owner enters the required information – complete name, mailing address, physical address, and email address – they receive a registration number and certificate that they can print out.

The certificate includes the registration number that must be marked on all aircraft that meet the registration requirement. Registration is valid for three years.


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