FAA Launches Web-Based Registration for Small UAS; Michael Huerta Comments

Michael Huerta
Michael Huerta

The Federal Aviation Administration has introduced a web-based registration process for small unmanned aerial systems that weigh between 0.55 pounds and 55 pounds.

New FAA rules require the owner of a small UAS who operated an unmanned aircraft as a model aircraft before Dec. 21 to register by Feb. 19, 2016, FAA said Monday.

UAS owners that use the drone as a model aircraft after Dec. 21 must register before the first flight outdoors, the rule says.

“Registration gives us the opportunity to educate these new airspace users before they fly so they know the airspace rules and understand they are accountable to the public for flying responsibly,” said Michael Huerta, FAA administrator.

The rules contain recommendations submitted by the Registration Task Force to Huerta and Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx on November 21.

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