Drone Registration Begins Dec. 21st

This holiday season, drone sales will reach never-before-seen heights. The rise in consumer purchases caused the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to take safety measures on behalf of those using public airspace. According to a new law put in place by the FAA, operators must participate in a drone registration system as of December 21st, 2015. This may seem a bit daunting for a lot of people interested in UAVs, therefore Murphy Company brings you all the information you need to know about the new legislation.

Drone Registration Facts

  • Any unmanned aerial system (UAS) weighing between 9 ounces and 55 pounds must be registered.
  • Operators must register their name, physical address, and email address.
  • Registration applies to all UAS, new and existing.
  • Each aircraft must be marked with a unique number, although not necessarily the serial number.
  • Current owners have until February 19, 2016 to register, while new operators have until their first flight.
  • $5 fee, but allows you to register an unlimited number of drones (To push for early registration, the FAA will refund the $5 fee to anyone who registers before January 19, 2016).
  • Registrations are good for 3 years.

“Registration gives us the opportunity to educate these new airspace users before they fly, so they know the airspace rules and understand they are accountable to the public for flying responsibly,” FAA Administrator Michael Huerta says. Those who do not register may see up to $27,500 in civil fines, as well as $250,000 and three years in prison for criminal penalties.

While those numbers seem extreme, Michael Whitaker, deputy administrator of the FAA, assures consumers that "initial efforts will be to get everyone signed up rather than to punish owners, unless it is an egregious incident... The goal is not to be punitive, but to get people into compliance with the regulations."

The new law comes with some scrutiny from the Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA), which represents 185,000 hobbyists nationwide. They believe education programs are the way to ensure safety rather than a registry that will create “an unnecessary burden” on the group’s members. They fear that the more excessive the laws become, the less people are going to want to get involved.

The FAA is working on furthering the standard for flight, and raised interest will only quicken the process.

For more information on the drone registration, visit FAA.gov/UAS/Registration, while information regarding regulations and laws can be found at KnowBeforeYouFly.org.


This past August, Murphy Company hosted the inaugural Columbus UAV/Drone meetup. It was a great forum to discuss everything drone related. Murphy Company is excited to host another meeting in early 2016. Stay current on dates and information by going to Meetup.com/UAVDrone.

UAV/Drone Regional Chapter Meetup

Murphy Company is now the regional chapter head for the UAVSA, servicing Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia, and Wisconsin.

Today, August 27th, we will be having our inaugural Regional Chapter Meetup starting at 5PM.

Tentative Agenda:

5:00 - 7:00 pm: Build & Fly Time. 

Build - in our meeting room we have designated a build area. It is nothing extravagant, but it is a start while we work on things here. Educate others, learn from each other and share information.

Fly - We have a fairly large back lawn area, but limited when it comes to flying use. We will open up this controlled area with house rules for limited flying. It is a good chance to share with newcomers and test out your UAV/drone with new friends. We will have impose house rules as safety takes priority. We are working on local meetup areas for organized flying and events in the near future.

7:00 pm: Chapter Meeting.

As we are launching this meetup about a month ahead of schedule we are not as ready as we would like to be. We have extended 5-10 minutes to a few individuals to share about their organization or services they offer. If you are interested in speaking please let us know.

State of the Drone/Industry - Loren Stone, CEO of Murphy Company and UASA Chapter President, is attending the Ohio UAS Conference in Dayton, August 24 and 25. He will share information and insight from that two-day conference.

Looking forward to providing the exchange of ideas around the growing UAS/drone community in our Region in a diverse, open, and friendly environment.

Quadcopter, Hexacopter, Octocopter, Multirotor and UAV  prosumer, startup, manufacturer, retailer, developer, service provider, cinematographer - connecting with like-minded  UAS professionals.


Some of us will grab a drink at one of our favorite water holes around the corner from us on Rich. Land Grant, Rehab or Strongwater or all three. As this is after the meeting we hope to have a few of you join us.

See you then!

U A V U A S Meetup poster
U A V U A S Meetup poster