Notably, the registration rule requires a US$5 fee for the initial registration application and for each subsequent renewal. This deviates from the Task Force recommendations, which had suggested that registration be free or cost 1/10th of one cent.
The FAA rejected this recommendation on grounds that the FAA was statutorily required to charge a registration fee to recover the cost of providing registration services, which the FAA predicted to cost US$56 million through 2020. Consistent with the Task Force recommendations, the rule creates an alternative web-based UAS registration system that is designed to be simpler and more streamlined than the FAA’s existing paper-based aircraft registration system, and applies to all UAS weighing more than 250 grams (.55 pounds) and less than 55 pounds.
The registration rule includes different requirements for hobbyist and commercial UAS operators. Below is a break-down of the key registration requirements for hobbyist vs. commercial UAS operators:
More and more details emerge – first confirmation I’ve seen that this three line registration will also cover the commercial fleet – though according to this piece each commercial UAV will have to be registered separately and will have its own unique number. On the UAV Coach I read that for now those applying for 333s will continue to work with the traditional N numbers and there will be a transition to the new registration in the future.