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Court Rules Against FAA Non-Commercial Drone Registration Share This on LinkedIn   Share This on Google   Tweet This   Forward This

19 May 2017

A Washington, D.C., federal court ruled today that you do not have to register your drone with the Federal Aviation Administration if you only fly it non-commercially. The FAA has required registration since 2015.

John Taylor, a model aircraft hobbyist, filed a petition with the court to continuing flying his model aircraft without registering.

The court found the FAA's rules were in violation of a 2012 law passed by Congress preventing "any rule or regulation regarding a model aircraft." The decision reads:

In short, Section 336 of the FAA Modernization and Reform Act prohibits the FAA from promulgating "any rule or regulation regarding a model aircraft." The Registration Rule is a rule regarding model aircraft. Therefore, the Registration Rule is unlawful to the extent that it applies to model aircraft.

For more information see the text of the decision.

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