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President Trump today signed the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018 into law

 

 

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Dear Members,
 
President Trump today signed the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018 into law, which contains several provisions relating to our hobby. As we previously mentioned, AMA championed some of the provisions included in the bill on behalf of our nearly 200,000 members. Other provisions will require closer dialogue and coordination with the FAA in the months and years to come.
 
We wish to thank all of you for the calls and emails to members of Congress over the past couple of weeks. Congress has heard your message loud and clear. There are few voices as effective in Washington, DC as AMA members, and you should all be proud of the work we collectively achieved as a community.
 
With your help, there are no changes that members need to follow immediately. AMA members should continue to fly in accordance with AMA’s safety guidelines  as we have for decades.  Existing agreements between AMA clubs and the FAA should be followed until further notice.
 
AMA’s leadership met with the FAA’s leadership in Washington this week, and we are encouraged by the positive tone of the dialogue. The FAA recognizes AMA’s commitment to safety and support of national security and has already initiated steps to draw from  our institutional knowledge and work collaboratively, ensuring that our hobby can continue to thrive for generations to come. 
 
We have established a working group with the FAA to cooperatively address issues relating to our hobby, a major achievement that gives AMA, and our members, an even stronger voice in Washington. Please continue to monitor your emails, www.modelaircraft.org/gov, Model Aviation magazine and social media for the latest information as implementation of this law is undertaken.
 
For our part, the passage of the FAA reauthorization bill marks a new chapter in our organization’s history, and one that has many positive benefits. For the first time ever, AMA stands to gain official recognition as a community-based organization, including having our safety programming formally coordinated and recognized. Meanwhile, as a community, we now have an even larger role to play in lending our decades of expertise to the FAA, helping to educate the broader recreational community and working together with the FAA to promote and enhance safety and security in aviation.
 
We will provide further updates as we embark on this new chapter of cooperation with the FAA and greater AMA leadership in Washington. Thank you for your passion, engagement and support for our beloved hobby.
 
Thank you,
AMA Government Relations Team

Academy of Model Aeronautics Member Communication

Dear AMA Members,

Yesterday, the AMA Executive Council unanimously approved an action plan to relieve and further protect our members from unnecessary and burdensome regulations. This plan addresses the recently announced interim rule requiring federal registration of all model aircraft and unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) weighing between 0.55 and 55 pounds.

AMA has long used a similar registration system with our members, which we pointed out during the task force deliberations and in private conversations with the FAA. As you are aware, AMA’s safety program instructs all members to place his or her AMA number or name and address on or within their model aircraft, effectively accomplishing the safety and accountability objectives of the interim rule. AMA has also argued that the new registration rule runs counter to Congress’ intent in Section 336 of the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012, otherwise known as the “Special Rule for Model Aircraft.”

The Council is considering all legal and political remedies to address this issue. We believe that resolution to the unnecessary federal registration rule for our members rests with AMA’s petition before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. This petition, filed in August 2014, asks the court to review the FAA’s interpretation of the “Special Rule for Model Aircraft.” The central issue is whether the FAA has the authority to expand the definition of aircraft to include model aircraft; thus, allowing the agency to establish new standards and operating criteria to which model aircraft operators have never been subject to in the past.

In promulgating its interim rule for registration earlier this week, the FAA repeatedly stated that model aircraft are aircraft, despite the fact that litigation is pending on this very question. The Council believes the FAA’s reliance on its interpretation of Section 336 for legal authority to compel our members to register warrants the Court’s immediate attention to AMA’s petition.

While we continue to believe that registration makes sense at some threshold and for flyers operating outside of a community-based organization or flying for commercial purposes, we also strongly believe our members are not the problem and should not have to bear the burden of additional regulations.  Safety has been the cornerstone of our organization for 80 years and AMA’s members strive to be a part of the solution.

As we proceed with this process, we suggest AMA members hold off on registering their model aircraft with the FAA until advised by the AMA or until February 19, the FAA’s legal deadline for registering existing model aircraft.

Holding off on registration will allow AMA time to fully consider all possible options. On a parallel track, it also allows AMA to complete ongoing conversations with the FAA about how best to streamline the registration process for our members.

In the near future, we will also be asking our members to make their voices heard by submitting comments to the FAA’s interim rule on registration. We will follow-up soon with more detailed information on how to do this.

Thank you for your continued support of AMA. We will provide you with more updates as they become available.

Kind regards,

The AMA Executive Council

Bob Brown, AMA President
Gary Fitch, AMA Executive Vice President
Andy Argenio, AMA Vice President, District I
Eric Williams, AMA Vice President, District II
Mark Radcliff, AMA Vice President, District III
Jay Marsh, AMA Vice President, District IV
Kris Dixon, AMA Vice President, District V
Randy Cameron, AMA Vice President, District VI
Tim Jesky, AMA Vice President, District VII
Mark Johnston, AMA Vice President, District VIII
Jim Tiller, AMA Vice President, District IX
Lawrence Tougas, AMA Vice President, District X
Chuck Bower, AMA Vice President, District XI

You Must register your Model Aircraft with the FAA

Drones are going to kill the hobby!

Press Release in part from the FAA

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today announced a streamlined and user-friendly web-based aircraft registration process for owners of small unmanned aircraft (UAS) weighing more than 0.55 pounds (250 grams) and less than 55 pounds (approx. 25 kilograms) including payloads such as on-board cameras.

Full Press Release

The IFR

AMA Reaction

Kids Day 2013

 

Kids of all ages

Ready for some free summer time fun?

Come fly a Radio Controlled Model Airplane with us.

This event will take place at our club’s “Flying Field”. “Certified Flying Instructors” will help you learn how to pilot these fun flying machines.  There will be food and refreshments, so bring Dad… Heck, bring the whole family.

DATE: Saturday, August 10th – 10am till 3pm

DIRECTIONS are here.

Kids Day flyer