While most all aviation professionals agree that the term "drone" is not an accurate descriptor of these aerial vehicles, it seems we are relegated to using it. To be more precise, these devices are Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) or Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV). No matter what anyone decides to call them, we are referring to basically the same thing; a remote controlled aerial vehicle. And yes, that probably includes the toy you bought little Johnny for Christmas, if it weighs more than 0.55 pounds (250 grams) including any payload such as a camera, and will be flown outdoors.
FAA ISSUES REGISTRATION REQUIREMENT
Beginning December 21, 2015, all UAS over 0.55 pounds are required to have an FAA registration. The first 30 days will have free registration, and thereafter a $5 registration fee good for 3-years. ANYONE, who already owns one or plans to purchase one must register with the FAA. Please visit the FAA website for details on the new requirements and to register.
HOW DO I KNOW IF I LIVE TOO CLOSE TO AN AIRPORT
Call your local airport for assistance. We all want to make sure everyone is safe and has fun. We want to welcome you to becoming a responsible user of the National Airspace System.