The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has revoked a Federal Aviation AdministrationÂ regulation that requiredÂ owners of recreational unmanned aerial systems to register their model drones with the government, The Hill reported Friday.
The court ruled in favor of John Taylor, a recreational UAS operator who argued that FAA lacks authority to regulate model aircraft based on a 2012 law passed by Congress.
The FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 includes a provision that exempts model aircraft from any FAA rule or regulation.
âThe FAAâs 2015 registration rule, which applies to model aircraft, directly violates that clear statutory prohibition,â the court said in a statement.
âWe therefore grant Taylorâs petition and vacate the registration rule to the extent it applies to model aircraft.â
FAA launchedÂ a web-based system in December 2015 and initially required owners of model drones to register using the online tool.
Under the rule, owners will pay a registration fee of $5 and get a certificate with a validity period of three years for each registered UAS.
FAA said in a Friday statementÂ it has begun to consider its options and response to the courtâs decision.
âThe FAA put registration and operational regulations in place to ensure that drones are operated in a way that is safe and does not pose security and privacy threats,â the statement added.