What does the $700 billion 2018 National Defense Authorization Act have to do with photography?
When President Trump signed the act yesterday, it actually reinstated an FAA regulation requiring all recreational drone users to register their devices. The FAA announced the drone registry back in 2015. But earlier this year a US federal court ruled that personal drones weren’t required to be registered.
The registry is back on now (assuming your personal drone weighs more than 0.55 pounds)—much to the delight of the FAA. Here’s a useful guide to the rules and regulations of droning in United States airspace.
“We welcome the reinstatement of registration rules for all small unmanned aircraft,” the FAA told TechCrunch. “Ownership identification helps promote safe and responsible drone operation and is a key component to full integration.”
It is unclear how registering your drone will prevent it from becoming a Chinese spy.
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