You Must Register Your Drone With the FAA by December 21
File this one under things that were destined to happen eventually. The Federal Aviation Administration has had enough of people flying drones all willy-nilly through the sky like they own the place. You must register your drone with them by December 21, which may put a damper on that present you already wrapped and put under the tree. The rule applies to any small, remote, aerial vehicle weighing between .55 and 55 pounds They'll also charge you $5 for the privilege of registering because this is the government, but are waiving the fee for the first 30 days. Once registered, you're good for three years and then you have to do it again. RELATED: Watch the US Navy Test its New Drone Swarms
If you bought your drone prior to December 21, then you have until February 19, 2016 to complete your registration. The same rule doesn't apply to new purchases. If you buy your drone after the 21st, then you have to register it before you send it up into the sky.
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The reason they're making you register is the spate of near-misses between drones and piloted aircraft. According to Gizmodo, there were over 300 last year alone. It's a matter of ensuring that the skies are safe for aircraft with people, and of being able to track the drones that are being flown carelessly and endangering lives.
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