With this much confusion in the industry regarding recreational drone registration, I’m not surprised to read about a company taking advantage of the situation to scam drone enthusiasts out of their hard earned cash. Out of character, the FAA warned people to wait for further details until they paid anyone for their registration services.
That being said, I think it’s important to point out that this new registration is different than a commercial exemption. If you need to use your drone commercially, you will still need a valid Section 333 Exemption. (If you don’t have a valid exemption, you can run the risk of being fined.)
The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration hasn’t revealed its plans for drone registration yet, but that hasn’t stopped at least one company from trying to make a buck from confusion about the rules.
In early November, the FAA and Department of Transportation said they intend to set up a registry that will likely cover many small consumer drones, but it’s yet to happen. A task force established to propose registration rules is due to deliver its findings on Friday, but even then the FAA will have to come up with formal rules and propose them.
“Owners should wait until additional details about the forthcoming drone registration system are announced later this month before paying anyone to do the work for them,” the FAA said on Monday.