Author: Jonathan Hendrickson
You may have heard on the evening news something about drone registration and thought, I don’t fly a drone so that doesn’t apply to me…Think again, they were really talking about Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS). So what exactly is a sUAS and what actually has to be registered?
- A UAS is the unmanned aircraft (UA) and all of the associated support equipment, control station, data links, telemetry, communications and navigation equipment, etc., necessary to operate the unmanned aircraft. A sUAS is under 55lbs maximum takeoff weight. This is any aircraft that flies with a control system, so ANY RC AIRCRAFT.
- All sUAS that weigh more than 0.55lbs or 250grams bust be registered to legally fly in the USA.
- Anyone 13 or older must register their sUAS. Anyone younger than 13 must have the sUAS they are operating registered by an adult.
- All sUAS must be registered by February 19th, 2016. You may not fly ANY sUAS over 0.55 pounds up to 55 pounds) unless it is registered after this date.
- 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.
ALL SLRCFA members will need to submit their FAA registration number to Dennis Chivetta for club records.
All aircraft must be marked with your registration number before ANY further flights. The registration number may be hand written or a decal and must be accessible or visible without the use of any tools.
sUAS Registration Link: http://www.faa.gov/uas/registration/
sUAS FAQs: http://www.faa.gov/uas/faq/
Model Aircraft Operations: http://www.faa.gov/uas/model_aircraft/
Do’s and Don’ts: http://www.faa.gov/uas/publications/model_aircraft_operators/
Near Airports: http://www.faa.gov/airports/special_programs/uas_airports/model_airplane_faqs/
Know Before You Fly: http://knowbeforeyoufly.org/