Can Your Child be Fined by the FAA for Flying Unregistered Barbie Drone?

Can Your Child be Fined by the FAA for Flying Unregistered Barbie Drone?

Barbie Hover Board Drone

Barbie Hover Board Drone, Source: The Verge

While we may have to wait a while before seeing a headline like this on the news, this recently introduced futuristic Barbie Star Light Adventure R/C hoverboard Drone and the FAAs drone registration requirement may one day easily lead to a similar situation. This cool Barbie accessory is supposed to hit the store shelves this fall at reasonable $60 price point, and it is sure to be a hit during the next holiday season.

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Because this toy weights over 0.55 pounds (250 grams), the “pilot”, in this case most likely one of the parents, will need to register with the FAA or face possible fines or even jail time.

There is something seriously amiss when a Barbie toy needs to be registered with a Federal Aviation Authority, while some sates don’t even require people to register their guns. Not trying to compare the “drone debate” to the “gun debate” here, but one has to wonder whether a mandatory registration of either really makes things safer.

It was just a matter of time before the fine folks in our government, namely the FAA, found a slick way to get into the wallets of all RC and drone hobbyist, all under guise of “safety” and “accountability”. After all, who wouldn’t like to collect $5 for every flying toy sold in the US?  After figuring out a way to make money off commercial drone operators through the introduction of the burdensome and pathetically slow section 333 exemption process, this hobbyist drone registration requirement is simply another job justification and a great revenue maker. It is also clear sign of a government that has ran amok. This feeling of government over-reach and dysfunction is exactly what is behind such a huge support for Donald Trump, as many people are simply fed-up with what once used to be a free country.

There is no word on whether the Barbie Drone will be available in blue, so Ken can have some fun too.

Source: The Verge, Twiniversity

Connect&Comment: Did you register your child’s toy with the FAA? Do you feel that the mandatory drone registration makes things safer, or is it just another way for the government to get into our wallets?

3 thoughts on “Can Your Child be Fined by the FAA for Flying Unregistered Barbie Drone?

  1. Doug - February 19, 2016 at 3:14 PM

    Fix your spelling mistakes and typos and you might be taken more seriously. I understand the drone vs gun debate is an easy target, but there are other issues that are more closely related, like experimental aircraft, etc. Maybe a bit more studying on the subject and you could come up with something better 🙂

  2. Joe Dawson - February 19, 2016 at 4:19 PM

    Your telling me that is over the 250g limit? Under 250g no need to register. Also you can be fined for copying a song off the radio on a tape. But the odds you will be charged is very unlikely. So again the fact a kid could be charged is possible but highly unlikely. You kid can be fined for using a skateboard or bike as well.

  3. Mike - February 19, 2016 at 5:26 PM

    The drone vs. gun debate is a non-starter for anyone with an I.Q. of at least two digits… firearms are in the Bill Of Rights, and drones are not. What IS a valid comparison, however, is that the FAA (who, BTW, has no power to pass the regulation it just passed) does not require any registration for actual Part 103 ultralight aircraft (254 lbs or less, 55 knot cruise speed, 5 gallons fuel, etc), but if you build a one pound r/c replica of the same ultralight, you are required to register, or be subject to a potential fine higher than the cost of the full sized aircraft. This is not a safety regulation, it’s a people regulation… remember, you are not registering your radio control aircraft (yep, all r/c planes over a half pound must have their owners comply, not just those who own them evil, evil drones) – you are registering YOU.

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