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FAA Registration for USA
Attn: Syma pilots in the United States
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JamDJ
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December 19, 2015 - 6:11 pm
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Hi forum members and guests,

   I just wanted to let you know of the legal ramifications our government has

set upon us. This guideline goes into effect Monday, 12/21/2015.

   The biggest question is cost. It's $5.00 per heli. Next is: Which one?

The way I read it, anything that weighs over 1/2 lb needs to register.

That would include S31 Eagle and S26 Chinook and S33 Thunder. I did read that

X5 and X5C are NOT subject to the registration. S6 guys better pony up.

   The actual guidelines from the FAA is over 200 pages so I have not

read the entire doc yet. I did read that if you register before 1/20/2016,

you will get your $5 back.

   The link is http://www.faa.gov/uas/register and the page is actually quite helpful.

As Sarge stated in a previous post, it's worth it. We both live near airports and

the fine is over $27,000 if the drone police catch us. (like our feds need anything else to do!)

In the interest of safety, might not be a bad idea to fork over the bucks and stay legal.

Good news is that if your heli gets blown away through a hurricane or a dust devil, it

can be retraced through your registration number.

   Any comments would be appreciated, I know this is a tough situation for us all.

Good luck to our community and to our international friends and members.

                                                          Safe and happy flying,

                                                                  JamDJ

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December 20, 2015 - 4:29 am

I will be interested in seeing the size of the registration numbers and how they are attached.

 

It will be hard to police if you had a few flyers together with varying weight birds.

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December 21, 2015 - 9:48 am
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Five bucks isn't bad considering the hazard around airports, and we know without some federal action there will be lots of careless flying as this increasingly popular hobby expands.  But as JamDJ has noted, the positive side of registration is the (remote) possibility that lost drones might be found by honest persons and returned -- especially if a reward is offered.

I'm not at all surprised by this intervention.  But I am a bit surprised at how quickly the drone hobby has grown.  It's been only a few months since I discovered and became hooked by my Syma S-107, which at the time I thought of as pretty hot stuff.  Then came the x5c,

I want to advance to a really sophisticated drone but I keep putting it off, mainly because at age 79 I'm having trouble developing reflexive mastery of controlling my x5c.  I sometimes freeze up and crash and I recently planted it about 40' up in a tree, which is bad enough for a $40 toy but out of the question for a $1,500 aircraft.  

Another thing that puts me off is choosing which one to get.  I had been fixed on the DJI Phantom 3 but every time I look there is a new competitor, e.g., the SOLO.  Also, I'm a bit put off by the absence of a dealer where eyes-on and hands-on evaluation is available.  At this time I'm anxious about ordering something sight unseen and being disappointed for some reason.

One problem I have is understanding the FPV apparatus requirements.  I had assumed a viewing screen would be included with the transmitter, but I watched a video in which the system does not include a viewing screen but only a platform which accommodates attaching a smart phone.  Not only do I not own a smart phone, nor want one, I would much prefer a larger fpv viewing screen (about twice the size of a smart phone).  

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Redfive said
I will be interested in seeing the size of the registration numbers and how they are attached.

 

It will be hard to police if you had a few flyers together with varying weight birds.

Redfive,

Is there any similar requirement in the UK (yet)?

Mike

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JamDJ
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December 24, 2015 - 5:08 pm
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Correctioin......

  Pilots, I was wrong on the FAA registration fee

and I apologise. It's $5.00 per user, not

$5.00 per aircraft. Therefore, if you have 4

airplanes that need to be registered, for example,

there will be only 1 fee of $5.00. Your ID# given to

you will be applied to ALL of your aircraft and helis.

You may use the same registration # on all the

models you own.

   Very sorry for the mistake, and again, please let me know

if you have any questions or concerns.....

                                      JamDJ

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MikeK

This world is fast as now a old man remember the time having the first mobile phone the size of a car battery,and a fax machine that cost me $3000..so in the world of quads and fpv will be ou tof date 6 months later//I will put up a post after Christmas on the best fpv quads to buy..in the mean time thank you for your posts and have a great Christmas

SF

"Fly like a butterfly sting like a Syma" http://syma107.com

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December 25, 2015 - 8:07 pm

MikeK said

Redfive said
I will be interested in seeing the size of the registration numbers and how they are attached.

 

It will be hard to police if you had a few flyers together with varying weight birds.

Redfive,

Is there any similar requirement in the UK (yet)?

Mike

No, Thankfully Mike but would not be surprised in such a thing were to come in so I am interested in how it may work in other parts of the world.

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December 27, 2015 - 4:39 pm
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So far, from I can tell, you have to use a felt-tip pen and write

your number on yourself. It can be anywhere. I havent finished the whole

doc yet, so I will keep you guys informed.

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