Lively and in-depth discussions of city news, politics, science, entertainment, the arts, and more. Hosted by Larry Mantle

Surprise! FAA requires hobbyists to register drones

by AirTalk®

115753 full
A mini quadcopter drone meant for FPV racing flies in a hall during a gathering of drone enthusiasts. Sean Gallup/Getty Images

The Federal Aviation Administration announced today that drone hobbyists across the country will need to register their unmanned aircrafts if they weigh over 9 ounces.

Owner of an unmanned drone would need to provide a name, a physical address, and an email address with the FAA.

Those who fail to join the registry could be fined.

Is a national drone registry the best way to ensure everyone’s safety and privacy?


Brian Wynne, CEO of the association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International, a drones trade group with 7,500 members from government, industry and academia. He is a member of the task force that made recommendations on the registry to the FAA.

Rich Hanson, government and regulatory affairs representative at Academy of Model Aeronautics, a group representing 185,000 hobbyists nationwide and participated in the task force

blog comments powered by Disqus

Enjoy AirTalk®? Try KPCC’s other programs.

What's popular now on KPCC