Paul T.
Club Member
R/C Planes > New FAA requirement

All RC and Drones have to registered. Anything with a transmitter over .55 lbs.
http://www.faa.gov/news/press_releases/news_story.cfm?newsId=19856

Tim R.
Web Admin

This is interesting. I wonder what this will do to the toy quad copters in Walmart :)

Paul T.
Club Member

If it weighs more than .55 lbs they will have to register it with the FAA

Tim R.
Web Admin

From what I am understanding from this PDF is the registration fee will be only $5 for one person even if you own 50 planes only if you intend to use them for model activity :

http://www.faa.gov/news/updates/media/20151213_IFR.pdf

"Registration Fee:
Persons intending to use the small unmanned aircraft other than as model aircraft.
• $5 to register each aircraft.
Individuals intending to use the small unmanned aircraft exclusively as model aircraft.
• $5 to register an individual’s fleet of small unmanned aircraft."

Paul T.
Club Member

Bottom line is we all will have to register. The $5 fee is waved for the first 30 days.

French S.
Club Member

Being a river boat pilot it has been a endless hassle all in the name of "Homeland security" since 9/11. All costing money just to keep a job. Now we have to register with the FAA to ensure Homeland security.. Needless to say, for a fee. I honestly believe it is all for monetary reasons....I've flown since 1996 and feel sure this will be my last year... would quit now but already paid my club dues and the AMA..

Paul T.
Club Member

I think this is the FAA's attempt to deal with a few idiot quad copper pilots. Too many of them are being bought and flown putting people's lives at risk. We have to pay for there mistakes.
The AMA said to hold off on registering for now. They are trying to fight this. If not it's a painless process.
We have to register for a gun permit and yet the constitution says we have the right to bare arms. Go figure.

Tim R.
Web Admin

Update from the Model Aircraft website :

" We are continuing to explore all legal and political options available, but these conversations may take time and a definitive solution is unlikely before the February 19 registration deadline. Therefore, AMA members are now required by regulation to register their aircraft with the FAA to avoid federal enforcement and potential penalties."

Just wanted to throw that out there.

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