FAA rules

FAA registration is required for RC models

The FAA is now requiring recreational flyers like us to register our aircraft.  It cost $5, and has to be renewed every three years. You can register on the FAA’s web site www.faa.gov/uas/registration with a credit card for payment and as proof of identity. The registration documentation will be sent to your email address.  Print it or keep it on your smart phone as proof of registration while you are flying. An FAA registration number will be assigned to you. It must be displayed on each of your models. The registration requirement applies for all RC aircraft over 8 ounces flying weight, even those that are not drones.  See the FAA’s FAQ page for more details about the process.

The AMA is still fighting the FAA on this.  They hope FAA will agree to accept AMA’s registration and numbering in place of the FAA’s and exempt AMA members from the three year re-registration as long as they remain an AMA member.  Unfortunately this dispute probably won’t be decided prior to the FAA deadline. The AMA has been  encouraging everyone to continue submitting comments to the FAA.  I submitted one more comment on Jan 15, the last day for submissions. Read it here.  Hopefully that comment of mine is the knockout punch, the last straw that breaks the camel’s back, the one that is good enough to make the FAA role over in submission and tap out.  But probably that’s not going to happen.

Status of FAA rule making

AMA recently held a public discussion on the topic of the FAA rule making process over unmanned aircraft and how it might affect the RC hobby.  You can see the video by going to this link: modelaircraft.org/amatv.  The rule has not been finalized and released yet but basically it sounds like AMA’s current rules and safety requirements will become FAA rules, about a year from now.  Be on the lookout for the comment period a few months from now when you will be able to object to the parts of the new rule that seem stupid.