A lawsuit challenging the FAA drone registration rules was filed in the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia on December 24th. The lawsuit being filed by John A. Taylor, a multi-rotor hobbyist, claims the registration rules are illegal. Taylor, a insurance attorney, is representing himself.
The new drone registration requirements require all UAV pilots to register any craft between the weights of 0.55 lbs and 55 lbs with the FAA. The lawsuit hopes to challenge the validity of the FAA’s new drone registration requirements by removing the requirement for pilots to file their names and home addresses in a public database.
Taylor is arguing the FAA directly violated a key legal clause in the 2012 FAA Modernization and Reform Act. Taylor has also filed a motion for stay to freeze the registration program, however, this motion has been denied by the court.
The FAA has defended the legality of the drone registration system, saying it has authority to regulate all “aircrafts” that are flown in the U.S. The FAA has claimed “Congress has defined ‘aircraft’ to include [drones], regardless of whether they are operated by modelers and hobbyists.”.