The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has partnered with the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International and the Academy of Model Aeronautics to launch the Know Before You Fly educational campaign. This campaign is designed to inform recreational and commercial users of safe and responsible use of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), otherwise oftentimes referred to drones.
The Federal Aviation Administration requires commercial and public users of model aircraft, small unmanned aircraft or drones, or other RC aircraft weighing between 0.55 and 55 pounds to register online before taking to the skies. The registration fee is $5 and is valid for three years.
Model aircraft operators that comply with all of these operational requirements during flight do not have to register their UAS with the FAA.
Model aircraft operators must follow these rules to fly under this Rule:
The online registration system will require drone owners 13 years and older to submit their name, email and home address to receive a Certificate of Aircraft Registration/Proof of Ownership. This will include a unique identification number owners must affix to any drone they own and operate exclusively for recreation.
Additional information regarding drone operation, best practices, safety regulations, and registration is provided on the Know Before You Fly website. Should you have questions regarding drone use in the City, please contact Lake Forest Police Services at (949) 461-3548.