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FAA: Long Island drone owners register hundreds of aircraft

A drone flies at the International Consumer Electronics

A drone flies at the International Consumer Electronics Show on Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014, in Las Vegas. Credit: AP / Jae C. Hong

Long Islanders registered hundreds of drones with the Federal Aviation Administration, and Huntington boasts one of the highest numbers on the Island: about 77.

Preliminary numbers indicate Manhattan has at least 673.

The FAA last year began requiring the registrations as part of crackdown to ensure drones do not imperil airplanes.

About 350,000 people complied, and on Wednesday, the FAA released a list of drone registrations broken down by country, state and ZIP code.

The list only approximates the popularity of drones, often prized by companies and hobbyists as they capture stunning videos, but also criticized for flying too close to airports or invading people’s privacy — and sometimes crashing near them.

“Some UAS owners can have more than one UAS under the same registration,” explained FAA spokeswoman Arlene Salac by email Wednesday.

Different communities might appear in various sections, depending on the way they are spelled or abbreviated.

The list captures both hobbyists and commercial users, though the latter also must apply for an exemption permitting their flights.

Their drones also carry “unique identifiers,” Salac said.

Only one drone owner registered in Asharoken. But registration of drones ranged from a low of 27 to a high of about 54 in the communities of Amityville, Baldwin, Bellmore, Brentwood, Centereach, Dix Hills, East Meadow, Farmingville, Garden City, Glen Cove, Great Neck, Hampton Bays, Hauppauge, Levittown, Kings Park, Lynbrook, Manhasset, Maspeth, Middle Village, Mineola, New Hyde Park, Northport, Old Westbury, Patchogue, Plainview, Port Jefferson Station, Riverhead, Rockville Centre, Ronkonkoma and Westbury.

Registration data can be viewed and searched at:

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