Well, they’ve gone and done it, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has opened up registration for your drones. No more rogue, Han Solo existence for all the Top Gun caliber mavericks out there. This rule applies for any drone weighing 0.55lbs and 55lbs- so everyone really. If you already have your drone, you have until February 16th to register, if you buy it today and beyond, you’ll have to register before your first take off. This is either awesome because you’re one step closer to that career with American Airlines, or horrible because like with our televisions watching us– it’s just one more way big brother can track us; it all depends on how much of a conspiracy theorist you are. Registration is five bucks and lasts three years. So there will be plenty of time to practice and get awesome at aerial video production in Las Vegas or wherever you are.
Either way, here’s the link to a pretty thorough article from the nice folks at TechCrunch, and the link to the FAA drone registration page to get you going. Enjoy, and happy flying.