The FAA drone registry has left the building

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John Taylor has received an unusual Thanksgiving gift, the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia today, issued its final ruling. in their words…

“The FAA’s Registration Rule violates Section 336 of the FAA Modernization and Reform Act. We grant Taylor’s petition for review of the Registration Rule, and we vacate the Registration Rule to the extent it applies to model aircraft. Because Taylor’s petition for review of Advisory Circular 91- 57A is untimely, that petition is denied”

So, for now, model aircraft registration is no more. Beware though vested interests are circling to create new and more insidious provisions. Electronic conspicuity and unmanned traffic management (UTM) are subjects to watch.

Drone lawyer and all-round good egg, Jonathan Rupprecht has found some wrinkles in the refund scheme

1. Can you really trust the FAA with your bank account information?  
2. By signing this document, you could create problems for yourself in the future.

Find a full explanation here

The FAA has posted instructions on how to remove yourself from the registry and claim your $5 back.

The FAA is providing the following updated information regarding the Small UAS Registration and Marking interim final rule as a result of a recent decision (PDF) by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit regarding the small UAS registration program.

The court’s decision invalidated the registration requirement as it applies to certain model aircraft that meet the definitional and operational requirements provided in section 336 of the FAA Modernization and Reform Act (PDF). Owners of model aircraft which are operated in compliance with section 336 are not required to register. Owners of all other small unmanned aircraft, including newly-purchased unmanned aircraft not operated exclusively in compliance with section 336, remain subject to the registration requirement. The FAA continues to encourage voluntary registration for all owners of small unmanned aircraft.

The FAA is working on a final rule with respect to registration and marking that will implement the court’s decision. In the meantime, if you are an owner operating exclusively in compliance with section 336 and you wish to delete your registration and receive a refund of your registration fee, you may do so by accessing a registration deletion and self-certification form (PDF) and mailing it to the FAA at the address designated on the form. Owners who already received a refund during the initial grace period are not eligible to receive a refund. This form has been submitted to the Office of Management and Budget for approval of the information collection.

Please continue to check this website for further updates. To register your small unmanned aircraft, visit the registration portal.