The FAA, as ordered by President Donald Trump, will begin charging hobbyist drone operators $5 each to register themselves with the federal government — just in time for Christmas.
Congress submitted the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018 bill, however, the subsection Restoration of Rules for Registration and Marking of Unmanned Aircraft is what has us interested.
“The rules adopted by the Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration in the matter of registration and marking requirements for small unmanned aircraft (FAA-2015-7396; published on December 16, 2015) that were vacated by the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in Taylor v. Huerta (No. 15-1495; decided on May 19, 2017) shall be restored to effect on the date of enactment of this Act,” the bill reads.
It’s the FAA’s opinion that having your drones labeled with identification will help lead to safer practices.
“Ownership identification helps promote safe and responsible drone operation and is a key component to full integration,” a spokesperson said for the FAA.