The FAA estimates that Santa will leave hundreds of thousands of model unmanned aircraft – robots – under American Christmas trees this Friday.
So, in a move that might seem overdue to many pilots who have been straining their eyes to meeting one on final, robots or UASs (small unmanned aircraft), in the US are now subject to registration by the FAA with effect today, 21 December 2015. (A UAS for these purposes is defined as weighing more than 0.55 pounds and less than 55 pounds including payloads like cameras.
Stating that robot operators are “aviators” too and following the principle that registration applies to all aircraft, now an owner of a small UAS who has previously operated an unmanned aircraft exclusively as a model aircraft prior to today must register no later than 19 February 2016 while owners of other UASs, purchased for use as a model aircraft after today, must register before the first outdoor flight outdoors.
Under the “streamlined and user-friendly” web-based registration regime www.faa.gov/uas/registration , UAS owners must be at least 13 years old and simply give their name, home address and e-mail address to receive a Certificate of Aircraft Registration/Proof of Ownership with a unique identification number to displayed on the robot.
Read the full rule is here:https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2015/12/16/2015-31750/registration-and-marking-requirements-for-small-unmanned-aircraft and FAQs here UAS Registration FAQs to learn more about.