NEWS Alert

Renewal of Small Unmanned Aircraft Registration System

On January 17, 2023, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) published to the Federal Register a notice and request for comments regarding the Small Unmanned Aircraft Registration System. The FAA intends to request for the Office of Management and Budget to renew the collection of Small Unmanned Aircraft Registrations.

These registrations are part of the broader National Airspace System aircraft registrations. The FAA intends for aircraft registrations to encourage personal accountability. When necessary, the FAA and law enforcement use these registrations to identify an aircraft’s owner and operator to address non-compliance. Registration also facilitates the FAA distributing safety information to registrants.

In addition to the registration requirement, persons intending to operate a Small Unmanned Aircraft must operate either:

(a) in accordance with the exception for limited recreational operations (49 U.S.C. § 44809), 14 C.F.R. Part 107, or 14 C.F.R. Part 91;

(b) in accordance with a waiver issued under 14 C.F.R. Part 107;

(c) in accordance with an exemption issued under 14 C.F.R. Part 11 (including those persons operating under an exemption issued pursuant to 49 U.S.C. § 44807); or

(d) in conjunction with the issuance of a special airworthiness certificate.

The FAA requests that written comments on the proposed information collection should be submitted by February 16, 2023 to Such comments may address any aspect of the proposed information collection.

Established in 1999 and based in Washington, D.C., The Wicks Group, PLLC (TWG) has a lengthy record of providing technical assistance to civil aviation authorities (CAAs) worldwide, including but not limited to the CAAs of India, Panama, Cabo Verde, Azerbaijan, Ukraine, and Trinidad and Tobago. In all, ten FAA Category 1 ratings have been issued to TWG International Aviation Safety Assessment (IASA) technical assistance clients to date – a 100% track record. TWG also regularly assists foreign air carriers with obtaining the US government approvals needed for US air carrier operations and foreign repair stations with securing FAA certification required to maintain US-registered aircraft.

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