Appeals court strikes down FAA rule on recreational drone registration

Appeals court strikes down FAA rule on recreational drone registration
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[Ed. – That’s very interesting.  I suspect Congress will go ahead and write recreational-drone registration into statute.  That would be in line with the 100-year trend of regulating absolutely everything.  But it’s kind of a blast from the past to contemplate that the court seems to have looked at the actual law here, compared it with what the FAA did (under Obama), and decided the agency had overstepped.]

A D.C.-based appeals court struck down a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) rule on Friday requiring recreational drone users to register their model aircraft with the federal government, in a major win for drone hobbyists.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit sided with plaintiff John A. Taylor, a recreational drone pilot, who argued that the FAA doesn’t have the power to make him register his toy drones because Congress already said the FAA can’t regulate model aircraft.

“The FAA’s 2015 registration rule, which applies to model aircraft, directly violates that clear statutory prohibition,” the opinion said. “We therefore grant Taylor’s petition and vacate the registration rule to the extent it applies to model aircraft.”

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