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FAA Releases Registration Database Today!

Discussion in 'Drone Safety & Regulations - Know Before You Fly' started by nathan, May 18, 2016.

  1. nathan

    nathan Administrator Staff Member

    May 5, 2015
    Posted by nathan, May 18, 2016 #1
    The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today posted a large database showing the city, state and zip code of each registered drone owner.

    Release of the database responds to a number of Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests submitted since the new unmanned aircraft registration system began operating on December 21, 2015.
    The FAA is not posting the names and street addresses of registered owners because the data is exempt from disclosure under a FOIA exemption that protects information in agency files from a clearly unwarranted invasion of personal privacy.

    The FAA based its determination to post only city, state and zip code on several factors, including, in part, that many of the registrants are minors and only hobbyists or recreational users. In addition, when the FAA published its Federal Register notice pertaining to the new unmanned aircraft registration system it specifically advised the public that name and addresses would only be available by the registration number issued to the registrant. For these reasons, the FAA believes the privacy interest in such data outweighs any public interest.

    Anyone who owns a drone weighing more than 0.55 lbs. but less than 55 lbs. must register before flying the aircraft outdoors for hobby or recreation. All owners of small unmanned aircraft used for other purposes must also register as one of the requirements associated with a Section 333 exemption.

    You can view and search the registration data at: http://www.faa.gov/foia/electronic_reading_room/media/Reg-by-City-State-Zip-12May2016.xlsx
  2. masterbeatty

    masterbeatty Member

    Sep 20, 2014
    New England
    Posted by masterbeatty, Jun 27, 2016 #2
    wow, the other person in my small ass town has 41 registered units.
  3. Rgolfer

    Rgolfer Gearing Up to Fly

    Apr 27, 2014
    SW FL
    Posted by Rgolfer, Jun 28, 2016 #3
    Someone in my small town has 85. Not sure I understand that as I thought one registration covered all your drones.

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