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FAA imposes small UAV registration requirement
A small unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) registration website
administered by FAA was scheduled to go live Dec. 21 and all small
UAV owners in the US are now required to register their devices.
US transportation secretary Anthony Foxx unveiled the requirement in a Dec. 14 conference call with media, saying the registration process would be “simple and easy.” UAVs weighing between
.55 lbs. and 55 lbs. are required to be registered, which follows
the recommendations of the Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS)
Registration Task Force created by FAA in October 2015.
Foxx said those who bought small UAVs prior to Dec. 21 have
until Feb. 19 to register while those who purchased UAVs on or
after Dec. 21 have to register before the device’s first flight.
Those registering must be at least 13 years old and have to
provide their name, physical address and an email address to
FAA, which also requires a credit card transaction. A $5 registration fee will take effect after the registration site has been operational for 30 days, but those registering in the first 30 days will
still need a valid credit card—FAA will refund the $5 fee to the
card during that time period.
The move was widely welcomed by the industry, with Air Line
Pilots Association International president Tim Canoll describing
mandatory registration as “a significant step forward.”
Registrants will receive a certificate containing a number that
must be clearly marked on the UAV. A registrant can use the
same number for multiple vehicles. Children under age 13 can
operate UAVs, but their parents must register and are expected to
supervise their child’s operation of the device. Small UAV opera-
tors are expected to have their registration certificate, either in
paper or electronic form, with them when operating the device.
FAA deputy administrator Michael Whitaker said enacting
the registration requirement was a “key step in the process” of
educating small UAV users. “Education is a major focus of this,”
he told reporters, saying UAV incidents so far have been “largely
due to people not knowing the rules.” He said registrants will be
informed they must fly their UAVs below 400 feet altitude, keep
the devices in sight at all times, never fly over groups of people or
stadiums and seek permission from control towers to fly within
five miles of an airport.
The onus to register will be on the purchaser of the UAV. At a
later date, a point-of-purchase registration may become possible,
but initially the FAA-administered website will be the only place
to register. Whitaker noted that FAA followed the “vast majority”
of the UAS task force’s recommendations in developing the registration requirement.
“As far as enforcement, we have a broad spectrum of options
available to us,” Whitaker said, but he emphasized that compliance with the registration requirement and education is FAA’s
focus, not taking punitive action. “For blatant violations, we do
have both civil and criminal enforcement actions available to us,”
These include a $27,500 maximum civil fine and a maximum
of three years in prison “in an egregious situation,” according to
Foxx said the registration system is “not the only step government is taking or will take in the future” regarding small UAVs,
adding, “We reserve the right to ratchet up or down” the registration rule. “Unmanned aircraft operators are aviators and with that
title comes a great deal of responsibility,” Foxx said.
Etihad, Tyler to get top honors in ATW 2016 Awards
Etihad Airways is the 2016 Air
Transport World Airline of the
Year and IATA DG and CEO
Tony Tyler is the recipient
of the 2016 ATW Excellence
in Leadership Award, it was
announced in December.
The awards will be presented as the top honors at
the 42nd annual ATW Airline
Industry Achievement Awards,
to be held at a gala dinner on
the eve of the Singapore Air
Show on Feb. 15, 2016.
Etihad Airways was selected
by ATW’s editorial board for fast
but thoughtful growth, consistently delivering against its targets and always thinking ahead.
The airline was also applauded
for its unique partnership strategy that is paying dividends; a
willingness to be bold in equity
tie-ups; its unique Airbus A380
and Boeing 787 cabin products
that include The Residence
onboard apartment; and its
strategy of developing ground-breaking strategic contracts
ATW also noted Etihad
to the industry
controversy on the
Gulf carriers, dem-
the company man-
date. “In everything
it does, Etihad
shows there is a
different way and a
way to differentiate,”
Karen Walker said.
“Etihad Airways is not about
being the biggest—it is about
being the best. It has been a
long road to success, but we
have shown it is possible to
change the aviation landscape.
I thank ATW for this award, the
most highly regarded in our
industry,” Hogan said.
Tyler is being recognized
for his outstanding leader-
ship at IATA since he took the
helm in July 2011, becoming
the sixth person to lead the
association. In particular, he is
being lauded for his engage-
ment of all aviation stakehold-
ers to achieve common goals.
This is evident in two key
projects which IATA is under-
taking with his leadership: The
New Distribution Capability
standard that will modernize
the way that airline products
are distributed; and IATA’s
partnership with Airports
Council International on the
Smart Security initiative to
improve airport security effec-
tiveness while alleviating pas-
Tyler has also championed
IATA’s commitment to addressing aviation’s impact on the
environment. This led to airlines
calling for a global agreement
on a market-based measure
(MBM) as a key tool to manage
aviation’s carbon footprint and
achieve the industry’s carbon-neutral growth target.
Tyler will retire from IATA in
June 2016 at the expiration of
his five-year term.
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