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FBI Unmanned Aerial System (UAS)
As you know, we have been enjoying our great hobby safely and responsibly for over 80 years. Unfortunately, there is now some concern that extremist groups could use drones to inflict harm and cause serious damage.
2017 Government Relations Update
As the New Year begins, the AMA Government Relations team would like to take a moment to update you on our work during the last few months of 2017 to represent and protect our hobby at the federal, local and state level.
Site Property Owner Insurance
Most property owners want to be assured that they are protected if they allow a club or an event to use their property as a flying site.
Government Relations Update
As you know, we have been working tirelessly with Congress to preserve and strengthen the Special Rule for Model Aircraft and to affirm the importance of the community-based model for managing the recreational community
Regn Struck Down
Today’s Court ruling is effective immediately. As such, if you have not registered with the FAA, you are no longer required under the law to do so.
Drones, FPV, and Clubs
With all of the recent news concerning drones and multirotor aircraft, are you left with questions concerning how, or if, you should include these types of aircraft at your club field?
Over 400 ft a misdemeanor
Utah is pushing through legislation that is harmful to the operation of model aircraft and violates federal authority.
Engaging local governments
The Academy of Model Aeronautics has a long history of safe and responsible model flying for the past eighty years. As many of you know, a number of states, communities, and parks have been introducing and passing legislation banning model aviation or placing unnecessary regulations on our hobby.
Club Charter Renewal
Club charter renewal season will be here before you know it. Renewal packages will be mailed to officers designated as the club contact in mid-January.
Until recently, model aviation (MA) was not significantly affected when a TFR was issued. However, in the post-September 11 era, model airplanes have come under much closer scrutiny and the performance capabilities of the current MA technology has heightened the perceived threat attributed to model aircraft.
Club Disaster Assistance
This program provides a financial grant to clubs in an effort to help clear debris from the field or to make the site and runway adequate for flying.
AMA appointed to committee
We are excited to share that AMA has been appointed to the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Drone Advisory Committee (DAC).
AMA - continue flying FPV
We are writing to address some recent confusion as to whether the new federal commercial drone rules (Small Unmanned Aircraft Rule Part 107) impact AMA members and model aircraft enthusiasts who fly for recreational and educational purposes.
FAA Acknowledges AMA Safety
Our hobby has faced many challenges this year as we address an increase in government intervention and proposed regulations. AMA has been aggressively advocating for our hobby, and during the past few weeks, we’ve been happy to report successful progress.
Special Rule Remains Law
We are happy to announce big news related to FAA authorization. As of today, both the Senate and House of Representatives have passed a 14-month FAA extension, and the President has signed the bill into law.
Decline in Drone Sightings
AMA today released an analysis of the FAA’s latest drone sightings that were made public in March 2016. This follows an analysis we previously released in September 2015 on the FAA’s first dataset of drone reports.
Event Manager Program
AMA sanctions nearly 2,500 events each year. Approximately two-thirds of these events are fly-ins or non-competition events. Through discussions with several AMA officials, it became clear that there was a need to create a position that is similar to a contest director (CD), but one that has a focus on the non-competition events that are prevalent today.
Congressional Process Stalls
While the Senate has passed their version of the FAA reauthorization bill, the House has not yet voted on their bill. Until then the legislative process is at a stand-still.
AMA on FAA Drone Advisory
AMA applauds the FAA for making it clear that students can use UAS, including model aircraft, for educational purposes. For years, model aircraft have been used for science, technology, education and math (STEM) education without burdensome requirements on teachers and students. In recent years, AMA advocated that new regulations for small UAS not encumber this important educational process and, most recently, asked Congress to clarify educational use in the next FAA reauthorization bill.
Favorable House Rule
The FAA Modernization and Reform Act with the Special Rule for Model Aircraft was passed into law in 2012, but this year the act is up for renewal. Since last year we have been active on the Hill making our case to protect and preserve the Special Rule for Model Aircraft. We explained the strengths of the special rule and proposed some language to further enhance it.
RC and the Law 2016
Terry Dunn shares how 2016 is going to be a pivotal year for our hobby in his latest Tested.com article.
New Docs and FAA reg
First, we wanted you to be aware that we have new Event Sanction documents. These are documents: #313–Contest Directors Report (Form 10A) #314B–AMA Flight Safety Declaration and Event Participation List (Form 10B) Both are on the AMA website under the AMA Documents tab, in the grouping of “Competitions,” and are included with your AMA Sanction confirmation email as an attachment.
AMA Working with Senate
We want to provide you with an update on recent congressional action on the new FAA Reauthorization Act of 2016 (SB 2658). Last week, the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, & Transportation, which has jurisdiction over the FAA, sent SB 2658 to the Senate floor for consideration.
Enhancements to the Special Rule
The AMA began its work to pass the Special Rule for Model Aircraft years before it was passed into law in 2012. Countless negations, revisions, and eventually mobilizing our membership to write Congress resulted in this special rule becoming law. The Special Rule for Model Aircraft was intended to prevent model aviation within a community-based organization like the AMA from overreaching and burdensome regulation.
FAA Expands Safe UAS Integration
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is establishing an aviation rulemaking committee (PDF)with industry stakeholders to develop recommendations for a regulatory framework that would allow certain UAS to be operated over people who are not directly involved in the operation of the aircraft.
AMA news update on FAA
Last night, the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee in the House of Representatives passed the Aviation Innovation, Reform, and Reauthorization (AIRR) Act, which preserves and strengthens the Special Rule for Model Aircraft.
No Drones at Super Bowl 50
WASHINGTON — Know Before You Fly today reminded unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) operators and model aviators to respect temporary flight restrictions (TFR) in effect around Super Bowl 50 on Feb. 7.
FAA Adv Mtg Jan 15/16
While the AMA continues to address registration legally and through Congress, members are being asked to register with the FAA. Pilots do not register their aircraft, they register themselves.
Go ahead and register
As you know, we have been working with our legal counsel and the FAA to find a solution for our members on the registration rule. To date, FAA has agreed in principle to several proposed initiatives that will help ease this process for our members
sUAS Freq Asked Questions
There is a lot of miscommunication centered around the FAA Registration Process. Below are a list of Frequently Asked Questions. Please check back as we will continue to add to this list. This post was updated on December 29, 2015 to address new questions.
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Hold Off Registering
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 Reacts to USA Reg'n
MUNCIE, Ind. – Dave Mathewson, executive director of the Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) which is the world’s largest community-based organization, today made the following statement on the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) rule for small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) registration:
AMA - Drone Registration
AMA talks with Popular Science Magazine about concerns with the drone registration process. These recommendations, as written, would make the registration process an unnecessary and unjustified burden to our members.
Drones - How to Avoid Aircraft
To avoid real aircraft with your drone, all you need to do is fly below 400 feet Above Ground Level (AGL) and it’s all good, RIGHT? Wrong. It is a little more complicated than that.
Hoot Gibson on Drone Safety
Academy of Model Aeronautics members astronaut Hoot Gibson, comedian Jeff Dunham and airline captain Brad Lang explain the rules for flying drones safely.
2016 NATS dates approved
During this past weekends Executive Council meeting, the dates for the 2016 AMA Nationals were approved.
AMA Response to US DOT
In a press conference on Monday October 19, 2015, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) announced its intent to require registration for certain small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS).
TAS Winners Circle
The podium was packed with smiles as the winners from each category earned a place in the TAS history book in 2015. Along with the honors came a generous prize purse totaling over $100,000! Andrew Jesky earned a whopping $12,000 with his win in the Invitational class. Gabriel Altuz earned $3,000 for his win in Freestyle. Everyone who competed earned something, from engines and airframes, to transmitters, props, and components.
FAA - Requires Registation
Federal regulators said Monday that they will require recreational drone users to register their aircraft with the government for the first time in an attempt to track rogue flying robots that are increasingly posing a threat to aviation safety.
FAA - Drone Registration
The decision is meant in part to address the growing number of reported close calls and incidents that pose safety risks. Pilot sightings of drones have doubled since last year, including sightings near planes and major sporting events.
Tucson Shootout - Wed
Matt and Ash are in full effect in Arizona. I have been getting blasted with with photos this morning so I thought the best thing to do was get a thread going so everyone can see them!
ABC 23 Johnstown RC Club
Kaleidoscope The Series is a 30 minute weekly news magazine covering west-central Pennsylvania and beyond. Kaleidoscope features a person, place and thing each week.
AMA Responds FAA Drone Report
The Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) has released a detailed analysis of the data alluded to in the FAA’s August 12 press release, “Pilot Reports of Close Calls with Drones Soar in 2015.”
AMA launches UAS4STEM program
At EAA Airventure this year, the AMA Education Department released their new UAS4STEM program. This program is designed to encourage students to learn about the sUAS (drone) phenomenon, teamwork, competition, and success through STEM.
2015 Tucson Shootout website
The Tucson Aerobatic Shootout will be held this year, October 14th - 18th in Marana Arizona.
2015 Nats News Listing
2015 AMA Nationals are ready
Pilots, be sure to stop at the AMA HQ building to pick up your registration packets before heading out to the flying site.
Op-Ed - Dave Mathewson
The Academy of Model Aeronautics asks the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to listen to Congress and leave model flying alone.
AMA XFC 2015 Event Coverage
15 fixed wing airplane pilots and 14 helicopter pilots were invited to compete to be crowned the best at the Extreme Flight Championships (XFC). The event was held June 12-14 at the International Aeromodeling Center (IAC) in Muncie, Indiana. 2015 marked XFC’s 13th year.
AMA nominations due by June 19
Nominations for the offices of AMA vice presidents in Districts II, IV, VI, VIII, and X are due at AMA Headquarters by June 19, 2015.
Top Gun 2015 Top Static Scores
When it comes to competition in any scale event, your earn your final score from two categories, your flight scores and your static scale score. It is here, on the judging table that modelers have the most control.
NATS deadlines are fast approaching
The 2015 NATS Competition starts in a little over a month , but there is still plenty of time to register
Top Gun - Behind the Scene
As with any national level event, this week long competition produces far more special photos and snapshots of planes and pilots that could ever be included in a single article.
AMA Responds to UAV NPRM
The Academy of Model Aeronautics has published its response to the FAA’s notice of proposed rulemaking regarding the regulating of small unmanned aerial systems, also known as sUAS.
FAA deadline April 24th
FAA’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) COMMENT NOW deadline April 24th. Comments on the proposed sUAS rule can be made by clicking here, or going to www.regulations.gov and searching for Docket No. FAA-2015-0150; Notice No. 15-01
Online Estate Auction
Lance Schmid Auctions is having a multiple estate sale featuring numerous R/C planes, boats, accessories, and more!
FAA Grounding Commercial UAS
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has recently stepped up enforcement efforts against Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) operators engaged in unauthorized “commercial” operations.
AMA Responds to the FAA
On February 23, 2015, the FAA published its proposed regulations for small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS) as a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM).
Daily NATS Schedules
Daily schedules have been posted for the 2015 Nats in Control Line, Pattern, Outdoor Free Flight and RC Combat
Regs Wont Stall Model Clubs
Hear that buzz? It’s the sound of drones sweeping the nation — literally. Increasingly cheap and easy to fly, quadcopters and other flying contraptions are introducing thousands to the joy of flight — and have drawn the attention of the FAA, which has for years been mulling how best to regulate such craft.
Following a preliminary review of the FAA’s outline for the proposed rules addressing the commercial use of unmanned aircraft, the Academy of Model Aeronautics...
FAA Announce proposed rule sUAS
Sunday, February 15 – In a telephonic press conference held today, Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx and FAA Administrator Michael Huerta announced FAA’s long-awaited proposed regulation for the operation of commercial small unmanned aircraft in the national airspace.
89th AMA National Championships
The Academy of Model Aeronautics is proud to present the 89th National Aeromodeling Championships (Nats). This is the world’s largest aeromodeling competition, in which pilots of all skill levels come together to compete against each other, and it’s not all about winning! Many competitors come each year to enjoy the company of their fellow fliers and to make new friends and memories!
More talk, AMA/Brown
By now nearly everyone is aware of the incident that occurred on Monday, January 26, 2015, involving a multirotor landing on the White House lawn. The incident occurred at 3 a.m. and involved a government employee who had been drinking. The incident resulted in reaction from many, including President Obama, calling for more regulation.
Report on AMA"s Letter to FAA
Drone Policy Disaster
The FAA has just released new policy on how the underfunded, understaffed agency plans to police the many more than 100,000 new aircraft that are already starting to appear in our skies. It is, unfortunately, not the arrival of hordes of people-piloted craft but swarms of drones I refer to.
AMA Expo 2015 Products
The 2015 AMA Expo was held January 9-11 at the Ontario Convention Center in Ontario, California. - See more at: http://www.modelaviation.com/amaexpo2015#sthash.Dj6uUc5D.dpuf
Know Before You Fly Support
LAS VEGAS—The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)® announced its support of the new UAS safety campaign, Know Before You Fly, today during the 2015 International CES.
AMA Opposes Legislation
Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) sent letters to the New York City Council opposing proposed legislation to restrict unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) flights in New York City. At least one of the bills under consideration would completely ground the educational hobby of flying model aircraft within the city.
FBI Unmanned Aerial System (UAS)
2017 Government Relations Update
Site Property Owner Insurance
Government Relations Update
Regn Struck Down
Drones, FPV, and Clubs
Over 400 ft a misdemeanor
Engaging local governments

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