Posted: Dec 21, 2015 12:25 am
by SkyMutt
In the United States, the Federal Aviation Administration has decided that all drones between .55 lb. (about .25 kilo) and 55 lbs. (about 25 kilos) owned by private citizens must be registered, beginning Dec. 21, 2015.

"Close encounters prompt FAA to require drone registration" | Newsday

Those hoping to find a drone under their Christmas tree, take note: Starting Monday, federal registration is required.

The new rule lands amid growing concern over the soaring popularity of camera-equipped hobby drones — and a sharp rise in sightings by alarmed commercial pilots.

As of Dec. 6, there were 1,158 unmanned aircraft sightings reported by pilots or crew in the United States, including some close encounters, according to the Federal Aviation Administration. That’s up from 238 such sightings in 2014.

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