Yesterday, President Trump signed a sweeping defense policy bill for 2018, which included reinstating the requirement for recreational drone users to once again register their drones between 0.55 and 55 pounds. In May this year, a D.C. circuit judge determined the Federal Aviation Administration didn’t have the authority to enforce this rule, citing a 2012 aviation law, which states model aircraft cannot be regulated by the FAA and argued the recreational use of drones is considered the use of a model aircraft.
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It’s suspected President Trump didn’t even know about this small portion of the extensive $700 billion National Defense Authorization Act. The rule was attached after lawmakers in a proposed Senate aviation bill stalled and failed to include a fix for the issue this summer.
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