In late December John Taylor, an insurance attorney from Silver Spring Maryland and a drone enthusiast who was less than enthusiastic about the FAA’s registration program, took the FAA to court. Taylor is asking the courts to “void” the FAA’s registration rule contending that the FAA cannot require registration according to the 2012 Modernization Act which prohibits the FAA from imposing and regulations on model aircraft. Sec 336 of the Act states:
Notwithstanding any other provision of law relating to the incorporation of unmanned aircraft systems into Federal Aviation Administration plans and policies, including this sub-title, the Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration may not promulgate any rule or regulation regarding a model aircraft, or an aircraft being developed as a model aircraft, if—
(1) the aircraft is flown strictly for hobby or recreational use;
See a longer excerpt from the act at the bottom of this post. Full text of the act can be found here.