This month, the Federal Aviation Administration announced that drone owners have until February 19th, 2016, to register their units. That window opened on Monday, and in a new release, the FAA gave a short update on how many owners have registered so far. "The agency has seen strong initial demand, with more than 45,000 registrations completed since the site opened for business Monday afternoon," according to the release by the agency.
It's a healthy start to the FAA's program, although it's still a considerable distance from full compliance, and the FAA will need to keep registration going at a strong pace to register so many drones already in the hands of consumers. In the statement, the FAA says more than 400,000 drones could be sold this holiday season alone. Any drones purchased after December 21st must be registered before they take their first flights, and the agency's release announced some website downtime "in advance of an expected rush of customers on Christmas Day."