Drone Registrations Start Well, FAA Chief Says

During the first 30 days after the registry went online, 295,306 people registered their unmanned aircraft and took advantage of a $5 registration fee rebate.

FAA Administrator Michael Huerta reported Jan. 22 that during the first 30 days after the registry went online, 295,306 people registered their unmanned aircraft and took advantage of a $5 registration fee rebate, which ended the previous day. Huerta described it as "very significant progress on our unmanned aircraft system (UAS) registration effort."

"We're encouraged by the registration numbers and we're committed to continuing our educational efforts to keep the momentum going. We want all drone pilots to know there is a requirement to register by February 19. Registration is simple and easy through our website. You can register an unlimited number of aircraft under one number, and it's valid for three years,"he wrote. "Registration gives us an excellent opportunity to educate new airspace users, who may have little or no experience with aviation, how to fly safely. It also helps instill in them the safety culture traditional aviation has relied on for more than a century, while still allowing for the innovation that is a staple of American aviation."

"I want to commend the hundreds of thousands of UAS owners who have registered. They have acknowledged their responsibility to operate safely and legally," he continued. "I'm confident that, working together as partners in safety, we can continue to safely integrate this burgeoning technology into the nation's aviation system."

Drone owners can register their aircraft here.

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