Ohio is a state in the Midwestern United States. Ohio is the 34th largest (44,825 square miles), the 7th most populous (11,595,000 people), and the 10th most densely populated of the 50 United States. The state’s capital and largest city is Columbus. The state takes its name from the Ohio River. The name originated from the Iroquois word ohi-yo’, meaning “great river” or “large creek”. The state, originally partitioned from the Northwest Territory, was admitted to the Union as the 17th state (and the first under the Northwest Ordinance) on March 1, 1803. Ohio is historically known as the “Buckeye State” (relating to the Ohio buckeye tree, although there are conflicting narratives regarding the origin of the nickname) and Ohioans are also known as “Buckeyes”. Average elevation in state is around 850 feet. You can fly drones all over Ohio, but you have to follow certain rules.
The Federal Aviation Administration announced that all units weighing between 0.55 pounds and 50 pounds must be registered by February 19th, 2016. Anyone caught flying without proper registration after that date could face stiff penalties. The FAA says civil penalties include a fine of up to $27,500. Criminal penalties include a fine of up to $250,000 and up to three years in jail.
Unmanned flying machines that are operated outside have “a maximum takeoff weight” of anywhere between 250 grams and 55 pounds are required to register.
Each owner would get a single registration number so if he or she has multiple drones, they don’t all need to be registered individually.
Users don’t need to be registered to purchase a drone, but they do have to be registered before they start flying it.
Name and street address are required to register, but the serial number of the drone, owner mailing address, phone number and email are all optional.
You have to be 13 years old or older to register.
The FAA doesn’t require information about citizenship or residency to register.
Registration is free.
The registration system will live online and likely be accessible through an app as well. There will also be an API component that would allow for the creation of custom apps that could work in concert with the database.
Owners will receive an electronic copy of their registration certificate but a paper copy will also be available. The e-certificate will have the owner’s name, FAA registration number, a confirmation link and the drone serial number if it was included in the registration form. Operators would need to have the certificate on hand while using the drone in the event of an inspection.
The FAA-issued registration number must be visible on the drone.