While no longer mandatory, the FAA would still “appreciate” it if you voluntarily registered your drone. I’d be curious to learn what the statistics show for voluntary registration. For some reason I expect was a drastic drop off.
The response to John Taylor’s FOIA request asking the FAA for records that indicate the recreational drone registration program was ever used to enforce regulations is the latest point of discussion in the argument over the program.
By now, everyone in the drone community [SIC] knows about John Taylor’s winning lawsuit against the FAA, which determined that the FAA’s drone registration program was unlawful. In response to the federal court of appeals decision, the FAA has made the recreational drone registration program voluntary.
The FAA’s recent notice that they would end mandatory drone registration did not end the argument over the program. “The FAA continues to encourage voluntary registration for all owners of small unmanned aircraft,” says the agency statement. “The FAA is working on a final rule with respect to registration and marking that will implement the court’s decision.”