Published May 17, 2017

New Drone Registration System Comes Into Effect Tomorrow

Lock up your drones, the police are coming!

By Dan Entwistle


Are you one of the growing number of people in China that owns a drone? If so you’ve got an unfortunate bit of Chinese bureaucracy coming your way.


In an attempt to crack down on idiots flying their drones in no-fly zones (read: near airports) Chinese authorities are introducing a real-name registration system for drone owners. Under the new system anyone with a drone weighing more than 250 grams (yes that includes you Mavic and Karma owners) will have to register it with the Civil Aviation Authority of China (CAAC) before June 1st.


According to the CAAC, unregulated drone flyers have already caused “threats to national and people’s safety” with several people having already been arrested for flying their drones perilously close to airplanes as they take off and land.


At the moment details surrounding the registration are a bit hazy, so once the system officially goes online tomorrow (May 18th) we’ll be able to guide you through how to register.


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