Maryland Attorney Challenges FAA Drone Registration
” Since the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) rolled out its drone registration program, a few aviation attorneys predicted the program will eventually end up in the courts. Less than a month since its launch, the prediction came true, thanks to one Maryland lawyer and drone hobbyist.
John Taylor filed a lawsuit against the FAA on the legality of the registry, arguing the FAA directly violated a key legal clause in the 2012 FAA Modernization and Reform Act. The case was filed at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on Christmas Eve. Taylor, a member of the DC Area Drone User Group, also filed a motion for stay to freeze the registration program that day but was denied by the court.
The program, which can be done online, has received over 181,000 registered drones as of January 6. The deadline for registering all drones purchased before December 21, 2015 is on February 19. Owners of unregistered drones face up to three years in jail or $250,000 in fines.”