Drones in the U.S. which are for non-commercial uses would be subject to registration with the Federal Aviation Administration, according to a ruling issued today by a federal court in Washington, D.C.
The court pronounced a verdict of the FAA’s drone registration rules violated a law enacted by Congress in 2012. The FFA’s drone registration rules have given a rise to controversies since 2015. That law, the FAA Modernization and Reform Act, outlawed the FAA\s registration rules for drones which are used for non-commercial purposes.
The new verdict allows anyone who wants to fly a drone without referring to registration offices as long as they are being flown for jest. However, it is deliberately different when it comes to flying drones for non-commercial purposes as they purchasers will sill be asked to register the drones.
A model aircraft enthusiast John Taylor was the one who first filed the lawsuit against the FAA in January 2016.
The drone industry, on the other hand, is dissatisfied with the verdict of halting registrations.
“The FAA’s innovative approach to drone registration was very reasonable, and registration provides for accountability and education to drone pilots,” DJI’s head of policy Brendan Schulman said in an email to Recode. “I expect the legal issue that impedes this program will be addressed by cooperative work between the industry and policymakers.”
The law enacted by Congress 2012 which is violated by the FAA is to set to expire in September this year, so Senator John Thune (R-South Dakota), chairman of the Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee has announced that he is willing to bring a bill forward within the next two weeks to address FAA modernization, Michael
“The goal of the registration rule was to assist law enforcement and others to enforce the law against unauthorized drone flights, and to educate hobbyists that a drone is not just a toy and operators need to follow the rules,” said Lisa Ellman, an attorney and specialist on the drone regulation with the law firm Hogan Lovells. “These are worthy goals, so if this ruling stands it wouldn’t surprise us to see a legislative response here.”