In the U.S., a federal appeals court has decided that FAA rules requiring owners to register recreational drones with the government are illegal. According to the verdict, the FAA is not the competent authority to adopt such rules. The court held that the Congress may adapt the FAA’s mandate, in order to grant the FAA the authority to establish rules and regulations on recreational drone operations. Under the current state of law, the FAA is, however, not entitled to regulate recreational drone operations.
Commercial drone operations are still subject to the FAA registration requirements.