An appeals court, on Friday, struck down a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) rule that required owners of drones used for recreation to register their aircraft.

The FAA has released the following statement in response to the decision:

“We are carefully reviewing the U.S. Court of Appeals decision as it relates to drone registrations. The 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. We are in the process of considering our options and response to the decision.”

Brian Wynne, president and CEO of the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI), has also issued a statement on the U.S. Court of Appeals decision:

“AUVSI is disappointed with the decision today by the U.S. Court of Appeals to reject the FAA’s rule for registering recreational unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). A UAS registration system is important to promote accountability and responsibility by users of the national airspace, and helps create a culture of safety that deters careless and reckless behavior. We plan to work with Congress on a legislative solution that will ensure continued accountability across the entire aviation community, both manned and unmanned.”

About AUVSI

The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International — a nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement of unmanned systems and robotics — represents more than 7,500 members from more than 60 countries involved in the fields of government, industry and academia. AUVSI members work in the defense, civil and commercial markets.