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FAA Registration System Now Open For Commercial UAS Users
As of today, owners of small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) used for commercial, public and other non-model aircraft operations will be able to use the FAA’s web-based registration process to register their aircraft. The cost to register is $5.
“Registration is an important tool to help us educate aircraft owners and safely integrate this exciting new technology into the same airspace as other aircraft operations,” says FAA Administrator Michael Huerta.
Currently, all small UAS owners that use these devices for anything other than as model aircraft are required to obtain a 333 exemption, a public certificate of authorization or other FAA authorization to legally operate, in addition to registering their aircraft. All non-hobby unmanned aircraft owners were required by the FAA to register their aircraft with the FAA’s legacy aircraft registry in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, before today.
If you have already registered in the legacy system, you do not have to re-register in the new system. However, the FAA is encouraging new owners who are registering for the first time to use the new, web-based registration system. Owners who register under the new system can easily access the records for all of the aircraft they have registered by logging into their online account. Small UAS owners who have registered under the web-based system who intend to use their aircraft for purposes other than as model aircraft will need to re-register to provide aircraft specific information.
The FAA first opened up the web-based registration for model unmanned aircraft owners on Dec. 21, 2015. The agency is expanding that existing website to accommodate owners of aircraft used for purposes other than model aircraft. This registration process includes additional information on the manufacturer, model and serial number, in addition to the owner’s physical and email addresses. Like the model aircraft registration process, a certificate is good for three years, but each certificate covers only one aircraft.