In a move applauded by model airplane buffs, the validity of the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) new drone registry is being challenged in the U.S. Ct. App. for D.C. Circuit.

John Taylor filed suit against the FAA on December 24, 2015, alleging that the registration is prohibited by Section 336 of the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 (Act) because the Act prohibits the FAA from promulgating any new rules or regulations applicable to model aircraft if they are flown for hobby or recreational purposes. As presently promulgated, the registration would be required of model aircraft flyers.

Mr. Taylor, an avid model aircraft flyer, sought an emergency stay of the registration requirement until the case is resolved, but it was denied by the Court. We will be watching this case closely as it proceeds.