download (1)Are you one of the millions of people getting a drone for Christmas? The Federal Aviation Administration has announced that all units weighing between 0.55 pounds and 50 pounds must be registered by February 19th, 2016. Anyone caught flying without proper registration after that date could face stiff penalties – such as a fine of up to $27,500. Criminal penalties include a fine of up to $250,000 and up to three years in jail. The registration will normally include a $5 fee, but the FAA is waiving that for the first 30 days in an effort to encourage participation. It notes that “registrants will need to provide their name, home address and e-mail address. Upon completion of the registration process, the web application will generate a Certificate of Aircraft Registration/Proof of Ownership that will include a unique identification number for the UAS owner, which must be marked on the aircraft.”

https://www.faa.gov/uas/registration/

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