But the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act, which landed on Trump's desk Tuesday, would restore the FAA's registration system for civilian drones.
President TrumpDonald John TrumpHouse Democrat slams Donald Trump Jr. for "serious case of amnesia" after testimony Skier Lindsey Vonn: I don't want to represent Trump at Olympics Poll: 4 in 10 Republicans think senior Trump advisers had improper dealings with Russia MORE signed a sweeping defense policy bill into law on Tuesday that will allow the government to require recreational drone users to register their model aircraft.
In a statement to TechCrunch, an FAA spokesperson was agreeable with the return of the registry.
Rules for flying drones
The rule - which had not been formally finalized - requires model aircraft owners to provide their name, email address and physical address; pay a $5 registration fee; and display a unique drone ID number at all times.
That's right, following a pause in mandatory registration for much of this year over a legal issue, new drone owners must now submit their details to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) if they haven't already done so. "The FAA put registration and operational regulations in place to ensure that drones are operated in a way that is safe and does not pose security and privacy threats", the agency said in response to the appeals court ruling. So instead, the lawmakers made a decision to slip the new drone rules into this defense bill that was just passed.
"We welcome the reinstatement of registration rules for all small unmanned aircraft", the FAA said. The registration program was enacted without the usual comment period in reaction to the expected flood of recreational drones as holiday gifts. According to the FAA's website, "You will be subject to civil and criminal penalties if you meet the criteria to register an unmanned aircraft and do not register". "Ownership identification helps promote safe and responsible drone operation and is a key component to full integration".
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