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Government Affairs Update
Members of our team have conducted numerous meetings each week with legislators and staff in D.C. to protect the Special Rule for Model Aircraft (Section 336)...
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.
Government Affairs Update
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

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