FAA and the Small UAS Aircraft Registry

Drone, UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle), UAS (Unmanned Aircraft System), RPA (Remotely Piloted Aircraft), unmanned aircraft, robot, RPAS (Remotely Piloted Aircraft System)…what is the correct name to use for the gift of choice during the past Christmas season?  There doesn’t seem to be a consensus as to what to call them, yet we know (or have an idea) what they are.  Even the military branches use different names.

What we do know is that effective December 21, 2015 the Federal Aviation Administration started to require that anyone who owns a small, unmanned aircraft of a certain weight must register said aircraft before they fly outdoors.  People who previously operated their UAS must register by February 19, 2016.  Information on who must register, which unmanned aircraft need to be registered and how the registration works can be found on the FAA website.

In addition, the FAA has created an app for UAS operators (isn’t there an app for just about everything?) that want to ensure there are no restrictions or requirements in effect at the location where they want to fly.  The app is called B4UFLY and information can be found on the FAA website the App store or Google Play Store.