Small Drone Owners May Not Have To Register With The FAA After All

Feb 12, 2016

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Udi Tirosh is an entrepreneur, photography inventor, journalist, educator, and writer based in Israel. With over 25 years of experience in the photo-video industry, Udi has built and sold several photography-related brands. Udi has a double degree in mass media communications and computer science.

Small Drone Owners May Not Have To Register With The FAA After All

Feb 12, 2016

Udi Tirosh

Udi Tirosh is an entrepreneur, photography inventor, journalist, educator, and writer based in Israel. With over 25 years of experience in the photo-video industry, Udi has built and sold several photography-related brands. Udi has a double degree in mass media communications and computer science.

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It was only two months ago that the FAA mandated that all drone owners will have to register with the FAA.  But now a “Micro Drone” amendment is suggested to be added to the FAA’s funding bill that will exempt small drone owners from registering. (The bill goes by the boring name of Aviation Innovation, Reform, and Authorization (AIRR) Act). The bill must be approved by the congress by March 31st which is just around the corner in legislation terms.

According to the suggested amendment, drones under 4.4 pounds (about 2kg) would be exempt  from the upcoming FAA commercial drone regulations. This basically manes that anyone and everyone would be able to fly a drone for hobby or commercial purposes as long as it is under 4.4 pounds. The Inspire 1 weighs 6.4 pounds, but Phantoms only weigh around 2.8 pounds.

There are some restrictions though,  400 feet height limit, 46 MPH speed limit, line of sight of the operator is a must, daylight flying only, and at least 5 miles away from any airport. Actually, it is not that bad….

Vice noted that Drone lawyer Brendan Schulman, who is vice president of policy and legal affairs at the drone maker DJI published a research at 2014 that suggested that micro-drones are actually safer to planes than birds. I would not say that I am surprised that DJI is making huge efforts to downsize regulation.

I am also not that surprised that DJI is pushing very hard to create a Micro Drone regulation category.

[via motherboard, lead image by Don McCullough]

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3 responses to “Small Drone Owners May Not Have To Register With The FAA After All”

  1. Aaron Knipe Avatar
    Aaron Knipe

    46mph… seems that this would have a huge impact on the Drone Racing League.

    1. Ezzy Avatar
      Ezzy

      My first thought as well :D

  2. Quasi-mojo Avatar
    Quasi-mojo

    This is extremely misleading. The author refers to the micro drone amendment and the Vice article but appears to have read neither.
    The micro drone amendment is only related to commercial use and has nothing to do with the recent FAA recreational drone registration.

    DIY Photography should correct this immediately because it is completely wrong.