CHICAGO (CBS) — If someone in your family finds a drone under the Christmas tree this year, they’ll need to know about a new FAA requirement.
Starting next Monday, drone owners must register with the Federal Aviation Administration before taking flight. The idea is to try to make sure people know drones are not toys.
Drone owners must pay a $5 registration fee; and provide their name, mailing address, and email. Registration is free for the first 30 days.
Tuesday morning, the Union League Club hosted a forum on drones called “Invasion of the Drones: Our Safety and Privacy,” and Regional FAA Administrator Barry Cooper told the small crowd there the agency intends to use the registration requirement as a chance to educate people how to safely operate drones.
“Our intention is not to excessively go out and fine people, but to get people to understand the rules, and to comply with the rules,” he said.
Cooper said the FAA has been working with drone manufacturers to share information with users who might have received one as a gift, but don’t really know about restrictions on where they can fly.
“We’re adapting to the challenges that are out there, and trying to adapt our rules to make sure that we can appropriately regulate,” he said.