AUVSI Weighs In On UAS Registration

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AUVSI Weighs In On UAS Registration

The Official Statement From AUVSI on U.S. Court of Appeals Decision on UAS Registration.

Last week the U.S. Courts of Appeal made headlines with the release of their final decision regarding UAS registration. First, let’s  discuss how the case began. John Taylor, a model aircraft hobbyist from the D.C., area, wanted to operate his model aircraft without registering or complying with the new FAA flight restrictions. Taylor felt that the FAA had the statutory authority to issue the Registration Rule and filed petitions to challenge. According to Circuit Judge Brett Kavanaugh, “Taylor is right.”

The court argued that the drone registration database violates 2012’s FAA Modernization and Reform Act.

“The FAA’s Registration Rule violates Section 336 of the FAA Modernization and Reform Act. We grant Taylor’s petition for review of the Registration Rule, and we vacate the Registration Rule to the extent it applies to model aircraft. Because Taylor’s petition for review of Advisory Circular 91- 57A is untimely, that petition is denied.”

The full report on the decision can be found here.

The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) was quick to weigh in on the decision, and they are NOT happy. Brian Wynne, president and CEO of the AUVSI, issued the following statement on the U.S. Court of Appeals decision striking down the FAA’s rule for registering recreational unmanned aircraft systems (UAS):

“AUVSI is disappointed with the decision today by the U.S. Court of Appeals to reject the FAA’s rule for registering recreational unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). A UAS registration system is important to promote accountability and responsibility by users of the national airspace and helps create a culture of safety that deters careless and reckless behavior. We plan to work with Congress on a legislative solution that will ensure continued accountability across the entire aviation community, both manned and unmanned.”

We are interested in hearing your thoughts on the final decision. Be sure to leave us a comment below.

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Kelley stumbled her way into the UAV/ drone industry 4 years ago. With a background in business and marketing, she's hoping to leave her mark on the industry by changing the way the world views drones.

3 thoughts on “AUVSI Weighs In On UAS Registration

  1. Charlie

    I agree with AUVSI. I am a responsible drone enthusiast. Registration allows for the industry to have some idea as to the number of pilots out there. It also allows for you to recover your drone if lost
    What I do totally disagree with; is the 107 licensing program. We already have to fly within line of site, below four hundred feet, avoid crowds and busy roads, and below two hundred feet within five miles of an airport with permission. All the knowledge that’s required pertaining to airport designations, aviation charts, and weather is ridiculous.
    I think if we all just flew within the restraints of B4U Fly everything would be fine.
    Sure; there’s always the few idiots that insist on doing what they want. But deal with them when and where needed.
    If a real-estate agent ask me to get a few aerial shots of a home or business, I should be able to as long I adhere to the rules we already have I think it’s just a money generator. 🙁

  2. I also agree with AUVSI for the reasons indicated and with the previous post by “Charlie”.

  3. Same here. I was hoping they’d someday they’d have a searchable database of registrations in case I ever lost one my birds.

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