[islandlabs] non-commercial drones do *NOT* require registration in the U.S. for now

Chris Knadle Chris.Knadle at coredump.us
Sun May 21 20:53:00 EDT 2017

As of May 19, 2017, non-commercial drones in the U.S. do *NOT* require
registration (at least for the time being).  The U.S. Court of Appeals
for the District of Columbia has *vacated* the registration requirement,
stating that the FAA did not have the statutory authority to enforce
part 48 of the Code of Federal Regulations (the requirement of
registration), because Section 336 (the FAA Modernization and Reform
Act) specifically precludes the FAA from enacting new rules for model

Link to the court ruling:

Story with the announcement:


Some further details of the specific rules in this story from March 20:


More confusion on the issue here:


Note: the FAA sites for drone registration have *NOT* been updated yet,
and still mis-indicate that non-commercial drones must be registered:


  -- Chris

Chris Knadle
Chris.Knadle at coredump.us

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