New Small UAS Rule Is In Effect

On Monday, August 29, the new FAA rule for integrating small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) into the U.S. airspace went into effect. The rule applies to all UAS weighing less than 55 pounds (sUAS) that are flown for commercial (not hobby) purposes. Any farming use falls into the commercial-use category. Operators can continue to fly a sUAS for fun without permission from the FAA. All sUAS operators, however, must register their aircraft with FAA through a straightforward, online registration process. Registrants must be 13 years of age or older. The operator must label the aircraft with the official registration number generated during the registration process.

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