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300,000 drone owners register with FAA

300,000 drone owners register with FAA

Nearly 300,000 drone owners have registered their aircraft with the U.S. government in the first month since the Federal Aviation Administration's online registration system went live.

The FAA's registration rule, which took effect Dec. 21, 2015, applies to drones weighing between 0.55 pounds and 55 pounds. Owners must register before they fly the remote-controlled devices outdoors. Registration is valid for three years.

Owners who registered in the first month had their $5 application fee refunded

The current online system is only available for owners planning to use their drones exclusively for recreation or hobby.

The administration has estimated that 1.6...