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Federal regulators recently announced that all recreational UAV operators will be required to register their aircraft. “Registering unmanned aircraft will help build a culture of accountability and responsibility, especially with new users who have no experience operating in the U.S. aviation system.” Transport Secretary Anthony Foxx said at a news conference.  Foxx also announced the creation of a new task force of more than two dozen people who will be responsible for creating guidelines for the national registry by November 20th with the goal of installing the program before the end of the holiday season.

This year’s holiday season is expected to see an increase in the number of UAVs sold.  The increased number of recreational UAVs worries FAA officials and pilots, who have reported seeing twice the number of unmanned aircraft while flying.  The new registration system is hoped to help alleviate some of the concern many current pilots have regarding the increase in recreational UAV use.  “Registration will help make sure the operators know the rules and fly their unmanned aircraft responsibly.  When they don’t fly safely, they’ll know there will be consequences.”  FAA Administrator Michal Huerta said.

Much of the UAV seems to be on board with the new registration regulations.  The announcement was backed up by representatives from the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International, the Academy of Model Aircraft, AirMap/ Small UAV Coalition and the Consumer Electronics Association.

According to the FAA website the following registration requirements currently apply:

Registration is not required for model aircraft operated solely for hobby or recreational purposes.
Registration is required for all unmanned aircraft (UA) operated for non-hobby or non-recreational purposes.
Registration is also required for Government UA. All Aircraft owned by agencies, offices or subdivisions of: the United States (other than aircraft of the U.S. Armed Forces), the States, the District of Columbia, or a territory or possession of the United States are required to be registered.

Aircraft Registration requirements and directions are provided in 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 47. For more information on how to register your UAV have a look at the FAA’s Aircraft Registration page.

FAA to Require UAV Registration