Registration of recreational drones over 250g is $5 every 24 mos. To my way of thinking that’s not a huge impact of FAA on my life, but opinions & experiences may vary. It is one more online account, credit card transaction, etc.
On the rec side, that $5 covers as many drones as you have.
The TRUST training/exam is impossible to fail, it is free, and the 3rd-party providers are prohibited from keeping any records of your exam.
The result is the opportunity to print a wallet card, but do it before you leave the site as there is no record of your passing other than the wallet card.
Many recommend Pilot Institute’s version, that’s where I took it:
Get your FAA TRUST Certificate of Completion to legally fly drones for recreational reasons in the United States.
The TRUST covers the basics of regs and flying hazards. Highly recommended, and required by federal law. Some may think of themselves as not subject to laws and regs they disagree with, I’m not here to debate any of that.
In my own recreational flying I started learning with a Yuneec Typhoon H back in the day, it was over 250g so I registered.
I added a DJI Mini 2
to my $5 registration. Not required, but I already had paid my $5, and was experimenting with payloads that took it above 250g.
More recently, I bought an Air 2s
and added it to the reg. Now, the Mini 2
doesn’t get much love. Hopefully it will be back in the rotation as hiking season resumes in May(?).
purchase was informed by my experiences with managing a small fleet of Mavic 2 Pro
/Zoom drones for my employer. The A2s
camera is very comparable to the Mavic 2 Pro
. For drones flown non-rec in Pt. 107 it’s $5 per drone every 24 mos.
The point of sharing this detail is that I too wanted to start small… but, now I have the Mini 2
not flying much. This is what happens to some of us photograpers/videographers when we get a taste of flying on a small-sensor drone. Will it happen to you?
PS. to @By-tor
have I seen you over at POTN? I’m user SailingAway over there.