New Education Flyers Available; Tips for Handling Drone Encounters

The Federal Aviation Administration has released its Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) registration rules. The law goes into effect December 21, and requires all unmanned aircraft owners to register. The $5 Registration fee will be waived for the first 30 days. The rule also imposes civil and criminal penalties for drone owners who do not register.

FAA UAS Website:

FAA UAS Registration website:

Review the UAS Registration FAQs to learn more about the program.

Read the Aircraft Registration Records System of Records Notice (PDF).

Read the Registration and Marking Requirements for Small Unmanned Aircraft Interim Final Rule (PDF).

FAA Press Release:

"Make no mistake: unmanned aircraft enthusiast are aviators, and with that title comes a great deal of responsibility," said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. "Registration gives us an opportunity to work with these users to operate their unmanned aircraft safely. I'm excited to welcome these new aviators into the culture of safety and responsibility that defines American innovation."

Registration is a statutory requirement that applies to all aircraft. Under this rule, any owner of a small UAS who has previously operated an unmanned aircraft exclusively as a model aircraft prior to December 21, 2015, must register no later than February 19, 2016. Owners of any other UAS purchased for use as a model aircraft after December 21, 2015 must register before the first flight outdoors. Owners may use either the paper-based process or the new streamlined, web-based system. Owners using the new streamlined web-based system must be at least 13 years old to register.

Owners may register through a web-based system at

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.

Owners using the model aircraft for hobby or recreation will only have to register once and may use the same identification number for all of their model UAS. The registration is valid for three years.

The normal registration fee is $5, but in an effort to encourage as many people as possible to register quickly, the FAA is waiving this fee for the first 30 days (from Dec. 21, 2015 to Jan 20, 2016).

"We expect hundreds of thousands of model unmanned aircraft will be purchased this holiday season," said FAA Administrator Huerta. "Registration gives us the opportunity to educate these new airspace users before they fly so they know the airspace rules and understand they are accountable to the public for flying responsibly."

The online registration system does not yet support registration of small UAS used for any purpose other than hobby or recreation – for example, using an unmanned aircraft in connection with a business. The FAA is developing enhancements that will allow such online registrations by spring of 2016.


Drone-Related Resources: 

ACCT encourages you to share information about drone safety with the public on social media and elsewhere this Holiday season. Drones are one of the hottest Christmas presents, and the FAA expects as many as one million drones to be sold by the end of 2015.

Sample post:

Whether you receive a drone as a gift, already have one or give one to someone else, flying a drone in the National Airspace comes with it a huge responsibility to fly it safely and responsibly. Once your drone is in the air you are considered a pilot and must follow the rules and guidelines set forth by the FAA. Remember to always fly your drone under 400 feet, within line of site, and land immediately if you see a manned aircraft. We want you to have fun and enjoy your drone while flying safe and responsibly. Our flight crews, patients and the first responders are counting on you! To learn more go to, and make sure you register your drone at

The Academy of Model Aeronautics has provided this flyer:

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Tips for Handling Drone Encounters

Drone Presence on Scene:
First Responder Use:
    1. Notify Program Flight Communications and Aircraft of Drone Presence and When Grounded
    2. Land Drone and Keep Grounded Until Departure of Aircraft
Third Party Use:
    1. Notify Program Flight Communications and Aircraft of Drone Presence and When Grounded
    2. Locate Drone Operator
    3. Utilize alternate landing zone if unable to locate operator
    4. The drone may follow the aircraft to the alternate LZ
    5. Requesting Agency May Choose to Eliminate the Threat
    6. They must determine if and how this will be an option as an organization prior
    7. Remove/Land the Drone
    8. Aircraft Cannot Land Until Drone Has Been Grounded
Drone Presence at a Hospital:
Authorized Drone Operator:
    1. Notify Program Flight Communications and Aircraft of Drone Presence/When Grounded
    2. Land Drone and Keep Grounded Until Departure of Aircraft
Third Party Use:
    1. Notify Program Flight Communications and Aircraft of Drone Presence/When Grounded
    2. Locate Drone Operator
    3. Divert aircraft to offsite landing zone if unable to locate operator(if possible)
    4. Remove/Land the Drone
    5. Aircraft Cannot Land Until Drone Has Been Grounded

Other current Safety Resources:

The latest report analysis on drone interfaces with aircraft.

Laser pointer safety site.

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