After the FAA’s model aircraft registration program was struck down in court, we thought the days of registering our model aircraft (or in our case – drones) were over.
The ruling was made in May 2017 after a lawsuit brought by John Taylor that claimed: “the FAA [did not have] the statutory authority to issue the Registration Rule and require him to register.” The courts agreed with Taylor, the FAA’s mandatory registration program was wound down, and people that paid the $5 registration charge were offered a refund.
The National Defense Authorization Act signed into law by President Trump on December 12, 2017 includes a portion that re-authorizes the FAA to enforce a mandatory registration program for model aircraft between 0.55lbs and 55lbs.
The new registration remains $5.00 and the previous rules remain the same.
PLEASE BE ADVISED:
DO NOT REGISTER YOUR AIRCRAFT WITH ANY WEBSITE OTHER THAN HTTPS://REGISTERMYUAS.FAA.GOV/ THIS IS THE ONLY OFFICIAL WEBSITE FOR FAA SUAS REGISTRATION, OTHER WEBSITES CAN BE A SCAM.
Text of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) H.R. 2810 that pertains to the FAA & sUAS:
(1) IN GENERAL.—The Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration may participate, and provide assistance to the Secretary of Defense for activities during the test and evaluation efforts of the Department of Defense, including the Air Force, relating to airborne and ground-based sense-and-avoid capabilities for unmanned aircraft systems.
(2) PARTICIPATION THROUGH TEST SITES.—Participation under paragraph (1) may include provision of assistance through Department of Defense unmanned aircraft systems test sites or a Federal Aviation Administration test range.
(c) Definitions.—In this section, the terms “unmanned aircraft system” and “test range” have the meaning given such terms in section 331 of the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 (Public Law 112–95; 49 U.S.C. 40101 note).
(d) Restoration Of Rules For Registration And Marking Of Unmanned Aircraft.—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.