FAA releases new regulations for registering drones
Posted on 12/16/2015 11:47:00 AM.
You may want to think twice about purchasing a drone for a holiday gift as the Federal Aviation Administration released new regulations for registering the unmanned aerial vehicles.  FAA spokesperson Lynn Lunsford says concerns about collisions prompted the new rules.  


He says they're currently investigating an incident where a drone possibly took out a window in a helicopter.
 
"They don't think it was a bird because usually birds leave behind lots of feathers and other stuff."

Any drone weighing between half a pound and 55 pounds must be registered before it can fly.  Lunsford says a task force did some mathematical calculations as to how big an aircraft could be to cause damage.

"They settled at half a pound as kind of the bottom edge of that saying that anything above 250 grams could potentially cause damage which is why it needs to be registered."

You can register your drone online at FAA-dot-gov beginning December 21st.  Drone owners prior to December 21st have until February 19th to register.  There is a $5 fee to register your drone.  Lunsford encourages drone operators to learn some basic safety rules before taking flight.

"Don't fly above 400 feet.  Don't fly within 5 miles of an airport, unless you've been in contact with the airport operator or the control tower.  Don't fly over crowds."
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