Emmett Long

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I have a question.  I have been looking to get into the hobby of drone flying for quite sometime now ever since I have joined cross country and track.  We thought it would be a cool thing to have for the team.  We were looking into the DJI Mavic Pro Platinum and I was doing some research about FAA registration and all that stuff and found this. "If you buy a new drone in the U.S. to fly non-commercially, you no longer have to register your drone with the Federal Aviation Administration, according to a decision issued today by a federal court in Washington, D.C.". Is this true?  If I were to buy the Mavic Pro Platinum would I have to register it?  Also would I need a license to pilot the drone?  Should I even consider getting a drone at this point or time?  Because I have been seeing that it's the end of the hobby and its not worth it with all the new rules coming out and the real ID thing.

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Hi @Emmett Long,

Welcome to the UAV Coach Community Forum! All drones that weigh more than 0.55 lbs must be registered regardless of if they will be used for either recreational or commercial operations. The DJI Mavic Pro would need to be registered, which is a very simply process and the registration can be completed on the FAA DroneZone website. 

It is important to know that drones can not be flown over people in the United States, but you can still capture great footage without being directly over people. 

To learn more about U.S. drone laws, I suggest looking at our U.S.A 'Drone Laws' page. 

As long as the footage recorded with the drone does not make any money (Commercial Operation) then you would fly as a hobbyist or recreational user which does not require any certification. The Remote ID regulations that you are referring to do have operational limitations on hobbyist users but those regulations have not been passed. The FAA posted the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking which allows the public to comment on the proposed rule making for Remote ID. The comment period has ended at this time. So personally I would not be concerned with that at this point in time. 

To learn more about Remote ID, you can check out our article on that topic here

I hope this helps and feel free to ask us any questions!

 - Chase 

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