Unmanned and Unregulated? Court of Appeals Rejects FAA Regulation of Many Drones [June 06, 2017] [open pdf - 99KB]
"In 2015, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) attempted to address the proliferation of drones and some of the hazards associated with their operation with a rule requiring that all 'small unmanned aircraft' register with the FAA. The online registration process created by the 2015 rule, which the FAA says is intended to allow owners of small unmanned aircraft to comply with a statutory registration requirement, was designed to be less onerous than existing regulatory requirements in order to accommodate owners of these aircraft. Registration requires owners to file online and pay a $5 fee per small unmanned aircraft, or a $5 fee to register a 'fleet' of such aircraft, with mandatory renewal every three years. According to the Rule, failure to comply may result in administrative or legal action to gain compliance as well as the imposition of civil or criminal penalties. However, a recent decision in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit casts considerable doubt on the viability of this 'Registration Rule' as a uniform system for tracking drones and other small unmanned aircraft and contacting their owners and operators."
CRS Legal Sidebar, June 06, 2017
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