Small Drone Users Assess Appellate Court’s Decision to Bar FAA from Requiring Hobbyists to Register Drones

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On May 19, 2017, the D.C. Circuit struck down the FAA’s authority to issue registration requirements as to model aircraft. The Court’s ruling makes it unlikely that the FAA will attempt to further regulate hobbyist small UAS use absent new Congressional authority. However, hobbyist drone operators could ultimately face attempts by state or local agencies that seek to develop and administer new rules and regulations on model drone use.

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