10 Drones You Don’t Need to Register

For the anti-registration folks out there, we've compiled some of the top nano-sized drones you can buy today and won't have to register.

Photo Caption: The Cheerson CX-10 Mini Quadcopter weighs a mere 0.42 oz. and is 1.57 x 1.57 x 0.67 inches. The CX-10’s light framework helps ensure a flight time of 4-8 minutes.

If you haven’t heard by now, the drone registration task force is reportedly recommending simple and free registration be mandatory for all drones that weigh over 9 oz.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has estimated 1 million drones will be purchased this holiday season, and it’s safe to say the majority of those drones will weigh more than 9 oz. DJI’s Phantom 3 Standard, one of the newer drones out there, weighs 43 oz. (2.7 lb.) 3D Robotics’ Solo Drone weighs 53 oz. (3.3 lb.), and its Iris+ weighs 45 oz. (2.8 lb.).

You get the picture. The more popular and more sophisticated drones are easily over the 9-oz. weight threshold for registration.

The recommendation for free registration has been made in hopes of getting more people to register. We’ll have to wait to find out more specifics about the registration process once it’s up and running this holiday season - that’s the goal, according to the FAA. But there seem to be many loopholes with the plan, including what could be done with DIY drones that weren’t purchased from Amazon or Best Buy.

And what about nano-sized drones? They certainly don’t have the capabilities of a DJI or 3DR drone, but for someone who just wants to fly around for 10 minutes, this could be a potential solution. Will we see a boon in nano drones due to registration for larger drones?

There are plenty of nano drones already on the market, and surely there will be more to come. For the growing number of anti-registration folks out there, we’ve compiled some of the top nano-sized drones you can buy today and won’t have to register - if the FAA adheres to the task force’s recommendations. Again, they come with limitations, but they’ll certainly help you get your drone fix.

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Comments

Steve Crowe · November 10, 2015 · 7:46 pm

Yikes, not even close. :( Thanks for pointing this out. What do you guys think of drone registration? Will the FAA follow the recommendations from the task force?

kfrohne · November 10, 2015 · 5:26 pm

Steve - you need to double check your article. The weights you listed for the 3DR and DJI drones are not even close…  :-(

sj · November 10, 2015 · 5:06 pm

The specifications of the DJI and IRIS+ drones are incorrect. They don’t weigh 43 and 19 lbs, even with attached gimbal and camera.


sj · November 10, 2015 at 5:06 pm

The specifications of the DJI and IRIS+ drones are incorrect. They don’t weigh 43 and 19 lbs, even with attached gimbal and camera.

kfrohne · November 10, 2015 at 5:26 pm

Steve - you need to double check your article. The weights you listed for the 3DR and DJI drones are not even close…  :-(

Steve Crowe · November 10, 2015 at 7:46 pm

Yikes, not even close. :( Thanks for pointing this out. What do you guys think of drone registration? Will the FAA follow the recommendations from the task force?


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