Recently, the wonderful world of RC has grown exponentially. Now that millions and millions of people have an RC aircraft and FPV cameras, there have been several issues popping up. One is privacy, people get curious and think it’s cool to fly over your backyard, or over secure areas, which is a violation of privacy. It can be very serious; I know I would feel very embarrassed if I saw a drone flying in the air spying on me.
Another issue is the radio frequencies from the RC aircraft can interfere with government operations, and even sometimes affect human airplanes and Helicopters. So, it’s good to know what the boundaries and rules are so we can keep everyone happy and safe.
If any of your aircraft weigh more than 0.55 pounds or less than 55 pounds, whether it be a helicopter, plane, or quadcopter, you must register it. “Awww, one more government related thing I have to register…” It’s really not that difficult. All you have to do is fill in some information online, pay, and write your own unique serial number on each of your aircraft, and it’s good for three years.
You can register here.
If you don’t register your aircraft, you could face criminal penalties. You might as well go ahead and register, I think it’s great to be informed of the rules so you can avoid any problems you might not think are problems.
Here are some of the rules from the FAA website:
Fly below 400 feet and remain clear of surrounding obstacles
Keep the aircraft within visual line of sight at all times
Remain well clear of and do not interfere with manned aircraft operations
Don’t fly within 5 miles of an airport unless you contact the airport and control tower before flying
Don’t fly near people or stadiums
Don’t fly an aircraft that weighs more than 55 lbs
Don’t be careless or reckless with your unmanned aircraft – you could be fined for endangering people or other aircraft