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More Than 180,000 Drone Users Register

The Federal Aviation Administration reports that about 181,000 drone users have registered their unmanned recreational devices...
January 13, 2016

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reports that about 181,000 drone users have registered their unmanned recreational devices in more than two weeks since the agency began requiring the registration of drones. Drones weighing between a half pound and 55 pounds need to be registered, and the database will require a $5 registration fee per user beginning in two weeks. Drone operators also are required to mark drones with a registration number given by the FAA for law enforcement. The agency estimates that more than 700,000 drones may have been sold over the holidays. Recreational users who do not register can face penalties of as much as $27,500.

Owning a drone raises insurance concerns. Kansas Insurance Commissioner Ken Selzer advises consumers to check with their insurance agents or companies. “See whether your homeowners’ or renters’ policies will cover losses or damages done by the drones to buildings and vehicles, as well as bodily injuries to people,” said Selzer. “Using a private drone as a hobby is generally covered under a homeowners’ insurance policy, which usually covers radio-controlled model aircraft. Look at your policy, or talk to your agent to see if your drone will be covered if it is lost, stolen, or damaged. The policy also will typically be subject to a deductible.”

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