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Small recreational drones no longer have to be registered with the FAA. (Aerix Photo). Recreational drone users no longer have to register their flying machines with the Federal Aviation Administration, thanks to a federal court ruling handed down today, but the hobbyist who filed the challenge says the issue is far from settled. “I’m concerned, as are other hobbyists, that the FAA will now go to Congress and try to get the authority that they lack,” John Taylor, a Maryland insurance attorney and drone pilot, told GeekWire via email. The FAA instituted its registration fee for non-commercial drones weighing between 0.55 and 55 pounds in late 2015. By early this year, more than 670,000 operators had paid a $5 registration fee. Full story

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