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FAA Drone Registration
When we posted a news story
about the federal appeals court
that struck down the FAA’s
mandatory drone registration
(and $5 fee), readers were quick
to voice their opinions.
Facebook › Whale Sightings
One of the best things about drones is the unique
perspective they present regarding the world
around us. We shared a drone video shot by
Slater Thomas Moore off the coast of Newport
Beach, California, that showed a blue whale
swimming next to a whale-watching tour boat.
Here’s what our Facebook friends had to say:
Kaustubh Y: It’s like a dream!!
Diane S: Wow. Incredible!
Hitesh S: OMG
Rindi S: Nope, nope, nope! LOL
Kevin Y: Good, because it
had nothing to do with
safety and everything to
do with revenue. Putting a
freaking number on them did
nothing to make them safe. And
the half a pound or more rule?
Come on! Who did they think they
Bob D: It was a flawed
system from the
beginning. Any bozo could
purchase a large drone and fly it
in an illegal way. Registration did
nothing to fix the real problem:
stupid people. Whether registra-
tion is the right move or not, I
wasn’t bothered by it. I spend
more at McDonald’s in one visit
than I pay the FAA to have each
drone registered, but some sort
of accountability has to be
Robert G: Was it really
burdensome? Come on, $5
really set you back? I
didn’t mind registering my drone,
and now I’m a commercial pilot
definitely earning that $5—plus
Cindi H: So...do we get a
refund? Nothing to do
with the cost—all to do
with the senseless fees! Is
registering a drone going to force
someone to follow the rules?
RotorDroneMag.com › Grand Canyon Search and Rescue
While drones generally aren’t allowed to fly in national parks, the Grand Canyon National Park Service
has a fleet of unmanned aircraft for locating people who have gotten lost, stranded, injured, or killed.
This summer, the Grand Canyon’s drone team helped in the search efforts to find two hikers who had
fallen into a creek. This story illustrated just how far drones have come in helping out search-and-rescue efforts. (Editor’s note: Drones flown by the public are not legal in the Grand Canyon or any
national park—even if you don’t see any signs warning against it. If you fly your drone and are caught,
you will be fined.)
Josh M: A sad story, as I heard the hikers were
never found. Still, good to know that the National
Park Service is using this available technology to
help during these types of incidents.
Kevin T: Places like the Grand Canyon, while
beautiful, can be very dangerous even for
experienced outdoorsmen. Great that drones
can help the search-and-rescue efforts in the