I just became a registered UAS operator. No big deal.
I went to the FAA UAS Registration link and found their friendly page where a button at the bottom was available to get the job done. Selecting the “Register My Drone” button, I was off through a simple and intuitive interface.
First it asked for my email and a starting password so it could create my account. This site requires a complex password so be sure to choose one that is complex enough to fulfill the security requirements, but also something you can recall later. That is important because as your name, address, phone, or email changes, you will need to update your registration too. It looked like this:
It told me to check my email inbox for a confirmation email and link. So I went to my email and found it. Clicking the link I was ready to log in and proceed.
I put in my name, phone number, address, and email and off to “Next” screen with a click of the little blue button. To my, not surprise, a rules or the game page is presented to the registrant . Reading it carefully I was very comfortable with the rules and guiding principals presented to me as they make sense and promote safety.
Check the box on the left and hit the “Next” because I understand and intend to follow these guidelines as a safe and responsible pilot. After that, we pay!
This is the standard dance on a secure website for sending credit card money where you want it to go. Pick a card and you click and go. It is a very simple set of information with nothing “extra” to put in to distract from the purpose at hand.
It was done! It is official now. I have my FAXXXXXXX number to inscribe on all my aircraft. I am now an aviator. I am not a licensed pilot but I can consider myself a government approved aviator.
Now, with my certificate in hand, I can be challenged to produce this credential of compliance at a moments notice. I am still not sure who would be asking me to produce it, but if it ever happens, for the next three years, I am ready!
You can be too in about 15 minutes.
President of Hobby Express