Latest in Gear

Image credit:

Over 45,000 drone pilots have registered with the FAA

Americans aren't waiting around to sign up their drones.
29 Shares
Share
Tweet
Share
Save

Sponsored Links

Now that the FAA's mandatory drone registrations are open, how many people are rushing to sign up? Quite a few, actually. The administration reports taking over 45,000 registrations since the program opened up two days ago, on December 21st. In fact, the demand was sufficiently "overwhelming" that the FAA's site has occasionally buckled under the load. It's temporarily shutting down the site overnight (between the 23rd and 24th) to make sure that it can cope with the likely flood of registrations from people getting robotic flyers as gifts.

It's too soon to say how effective the registry will be, since it's likely that a lot of early sign-ups came from people who were well-aware of the requirement and eager to get it out of the way before the February 19th deadline. The real challenge is to catch both newcomers as well as existing drone owners who don't yet realize that they need to register -- unless awareness spreads, the FAA could still see a lot of pilots slipping through the cracks.

[Image credit: Phyo Hein Kyaw/AFP/Getty Images]

All products recommended by Engadget are selected by our editorial team, independent of our parent company. Some of our stories include affiliate links. If you buy something through one of these links, we may earn an affiliate commission.
Comment
Comments
Share
29 Shares
Share
Tweet
Share
Save

Popular on Engadget

Engadget’s guide to Home Entertainment

Engadget’s guide to Home Entertainment

View
Nubia’s $529 dual-screen phone is now available in the US

Nubia’s $529 dual-screen phone is now available in the US

View
Leaked 'Fortnite' Chapter 2 trailer showcases a new map and boats

Leaked 'Fortnite' Chapter 2 trailer showcases a new map and boats

View
Microsoft starts inviting people to try Project xCloud

Microsoft starts inviting people to try Project xCloud

View
Twitter temporarily banned pro-Trump meme creator Carpe Donktum

Twitter temporarily banned pro-Trump meme creator Carpe Donktum

View

From around the web

Page 1Page 1ear iconeye iconFill 23text filevr