I’ll bet the compliance rate will be almost as good as NY SAFE

Time to register those deadly assault drones.

Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Registration
If you own a drone, you must register it with the Federal Aviation Administration’s Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) registry. A federal law effective December 21, 2015 requires unmanned aircraft registration, and you are subject to civil and criminal penalties if you do not register.

Register before January 20, 2016 and your $5 registration fee will be refunded!



4 thoughts on “I’ll bet the compliance rate will be almost as good as NY SAFE

  1. MamaLiberty December 14, 2015 / 3:24 pm

    Now, let’s see… what purpose did they envision this registration to serve? Not revenue, evidently. Measuring compliance? Probably. But they just never get the message.

    I second the motion: Screw ’em.


    • Bear December 14, 2015 / 4:03 pm

      The rationale is ‘safety’, in the form of accountability. That is, when you crash a plane by getting your drone sucked into an engine, they can check the reg number and come after you.

      Of course, since people who deliberately fly in drone-restricted areas or terrorists delvering airborne bombs aren’t likely to register, it won’t help anyway.

      For the FAA, the money isn’t bad. With a guesstimated 1.6 million drones sold in the US this year alone, that’s $8 million bucks right there, plus drones bought before that, and at least as many next year. This isn’t a one-time registration either; you have to cough up five bucks every three years. The FAA’s FY2015 budget request is $9.75 billion, so an extra $11 million per year, that they don’t have to go to Congress for, will be bureaucratically welcome.

      Except they aren’t going to get the compliance they seem to expect.


      • MamaLiberty December 14, 2015 / 4:14 pm

        I meant the REAL reason, not the silly “safety” thing. The real reason is control… just like everything else. And $11 million? Chump change for any government agency.

        But, like everything else, that control will depend on a relatively high level of compliance. I have to shrug each time I see a new proposal like this. They just don’t get it… more and more, the answer is, “NO.” I don’t see that getting any better for them.


  2. Bear December 14, 2015 / 4:43 pm

    Control. What else? But they’re clueless, and haven’t noticed the lack of compliance they’re getting even with firearms. When they do notice compliance, expect to hear more assertions about ‘terrorists’.


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