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If you are new to the world of unmanned aircraft, you may wonder when to register a drone and what size drones require registration. Many of the best drones, after all, will need to be officially registered with the FAA before flying. So which drones get registered, how do you do it, and what should you keep in mind? Keep reading to find out.
When it comes to registering drones, it is the weight and not the size or battery that matters, if you are wondering about the average range of drones and how that would impact this metric. This article will briefly discuss the law on drones.
If you are giving a child over 13 a drone as a gift, perform the registration ahead of time so they can get going without waiting for the certificate.
Here’s how it breaks down, according to regulations issued by the Federal Aviation Authority, also known as the FAA. Any drone under 0.55 pounds or 250 grams does not require any registration. Open it up and start flying. Anything above that, until 55 pounds, requires an official registration with the FAA. Drones over 55 pounds are not considered to be recreational devices and they fall under commercial regulations, requiring a more intensive registration process. You don’t want to be caught flying a drone without having registered your drone first.
The process is rather simple and conducted on the official FAA web portal. Here are the steps.
Once you register, await your certificate and then follow some simple rules and regulations.
Are you flying for business or pleasure?
Recreational drones don’t face too much scrutiny, though the same cannot be said for commercial drone operators using aircraft above 55 pounds.
Where will you fly?
Stay under 400 feet and refrain from commercial operation while flying a drone such as the Mavic Mini. Also, keep your drone in your light of sight at all times.
Do I need a license to fly my drone?
Unmanned aircraft systems do not require a license in most instances, though they do require a registration certificate. Use a permanent marker and write your registration number on the drone itself.
STAT: According to the FAA, drone manufacturers have until September 16, 2022, to produce drones with built-in standard remote ID. (source)