The FAA announced in December 2015 that it would require every person who wished to fly a drone in US airspace pay a small fee and provide their contact information. Failure to do so could result in fines as well as potential criminal penalties. Many hobby drone owners did not agree that the government should put in place such a registration system and sued the FAA. At the time of the ruling, over 770,000 hobby drones were registered in the U.S. In a win for hobbyists, last week the US court of appeals in Washington, DC ruled that the FAA’s rule forcing registration of drones under 55 lbs is unlawful. Read more from Mike Murphy at Quartz, here.
Here’s what we make of this decision.