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Submission + - Appellate Court Strikes Down FAA Drone Registry

SlaveToTheGrind writes: As previously reported by Slashdot, last year drone hobbyist and attorney John Taylor filed a lawsuit challenging the drone registration program the FAA instituted in December 2015. The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals has now stricken down the registry, finding it to be contrary to the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012, which stated that the FAA “may not promulgate any rule or regulation regarding a model aircraft.” From the MarketWatch article:

The decision applies to hobby users, but does not apply to commercial drone users who have to follow a separate set of standards which includes passing a test to get a license in order to fly.

“We are carefully reviewing the U.S. Court of Appeals decision as it relates to drone registrations,” according to a prepared statement from the FAA. “The FAA put registration and operational regulations in place to ensure that drones are operated in a way that is safe and does not pose security and privacy threats. We are in the process of considering our options and response to the decision.”

The court's full opinion is here.

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Appellate Court Strikes Down FAA Drone Registry

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