WASHINGTON, 17 Feb. 2016. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) officials urge owners of unmanned aircraft, commonly known as drones, to register by the 19 Feb. 2016 deadline. “If you own a drone weighing more than 0.55 pounds but less than 55 pounds and you’ve been flying it outdoors or plan to fly it outdoors for hobby or recreation, federal law requires you to register by this Friday, February 19, 2016.”
Register online at FAA.gov; it costs only $5 and is valid for three years. Following completion of the process, registrants will receive a certificate and an FAA registration number which must be marked on all unmanned aircraft that meet the registration weight requirement.
“You must have your certificate with you when you fly,” officials insist. “You can print your certificate or save it to your personal electronic device, like your smartphone, or do both.”
“Besides being required by law, registration provides an excellent opportunity to educate yourself if you are new to aviation, and it will help you become part of the safety culture that has been the hallmark of traditional aviation for more than a century,” explains FAA Administrator Michael Huerta.
Failure to register with the FAA could result in one or a combination of the following: a civil penalty of up to $27,500; a criminal fine of up to $250,000; imprisonment for up to three years.
More than 342,000 people have already registered.
FAA Administrator Michael Huerta adds:
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