Ever since the southeastern US state started to implement law requiring drone owners to register their UAV, the number of drones registered in Georgia has gone over a thousand in less than a year, according to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The drone registration was made compulsory before a drone pilot is allowed to fly an unmanned aerial vehicle.
Number of Drones Registered in Georgia Spikes Up
FAA consolidated a list of commercial and casual drones across the United States, which included the city, state, and zip code. The list did not have the names and exact addresses of the drone owners to protect their privacy. Furthermore, the number of drones registered in Georgia has consistently placed it on top of the list, making it the most drone-saturated state in the country.
In the record pertaining to the registered drones, of the 1000+ plus UAVs, 900 are used for recreational use and around 150 belong to commercial drone pilots and law enforcement agencies.
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According to the organization’s regulations, anyone who owns a drone weighing more than half a pound is required to register the drone before flying it outdoors, regardless if it’s for recreational, commercial, or law fulfillment purposes. This operation is done in order to protect civilians from certain threats brought about by the burgeoning industry of drones.
Although the Federal Aviation Administration has released the announcement months ago, there are still a lot of drone pilots who have not registered their remotely piloted aircraft (RPA). Despite this, the FAA is in high hopes that the registration of drones would instill a sense of responsibility into every drone owner. After each owner has registered their drone, the FAA is looking to send them educational information via email.
There is a charge of $5 for registration, and those who fail to register may be charged as much as $27,500. It is advised that drone owners present a proof of registration when using their drones.
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