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Kudzu Spring Classic May 14-15!

kudzuspring16 (1)CAFFA and the DC Maxecuters are hosting their spring contest on the coming weekend. Both FAC and selected AMA events are being flown in Raeford, NC (Google map to field: http://goo.gl/maps/vc3R). Weather forecast calls for temps in the low 80s with light...

URGENT – Write the Senate Now!

The U.S. Senate is currently considering amendments to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization Act of 2016. We need your help today to ensure this proposed legislation fully protects the model aircraft community. CLICK HERE  Clhttp://salsa4.salsalabs.com/o/51579/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=18287ick here now to urge your Senators to support Senator Inhofe’s amendment number 3596 to the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2016. As you know, we are pleased that the Senate’s proposed legislation preserves a community-based approach to managing the recreational community by maintaining the Special Rule for Model Aircraft. However, at the same time, we are concerned with additional provisions in this bill that could detrimentally impact our community. These new provisions would require all UAS, including model aircraft, to meet new FAA design and production standards and impose unnecessary regulation on hobbyists who often build their own models at home. The bill also requires modelers to obtain permission from air traffic control when flying within 5 miles of towered airports which could jeopardize hundreds of existing flying sites. And if passed, the bill would require model aircraft enthusiasts to take an online FAA safety test and carry proof of passing the test when flying. These new directives would undermine the model aircraft activity and detract from the creativity, innovation and enjoyment of the hobby. By supporting Senator Inhofe’s amendment number 3596, you can help stop this from happening. This critical amendment would maintain the basic intent of the Senate’s proposed legislation, while lessening the negative impact on the model aircraft community. While we are still in the first few steps of this legislative process – as always, we thank you for your support...

New event sanction documents, FAA registration, and other helpful hints

http://amablog.modelaircraft.org/events/2016/04/07/new-event-sanction-documents-faa-registration-and-other-helpful-hints/ 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. The Contest Directors Report (Form 10A) has been updated with several changes in the requested information. Form 10B was created by condensing the Flight Safety Declaration and the Event Participation list into one document. Note that it also refers to the new membership categories of Youth and Adult. It is important to review both of these documents when you receive your sanction so that you are aware of what information you need to gather during and after the event. Also, note that you can now scan these into your computer and email them back to AMA! This saves you time and effort. Return these documents to AMA HQ via email to competition@modelaircraft.org. If you have funds from new memberships to return with the forms, please continue to return them via U.S. mail. There have also been questions about the FAA registration number and if it should be checked by contest directors (CDs) or clubs at sanctioned AMA events, or if models should be inspected for the number. The answer is an emphatic no! There is no place on Form 10B to report this information, and that is on purpose! AMA’s position is that everyone should be registered, but it is not AMA’s job to police it. AMA membership...

Tested.com: RC Flying and the Law in 2016

Terry Dunn shares how 2016 is going to be a pivotal year for our hobby in his latest Tested.com article. The current situation is still very fluid as regulations are still being hashed out. The article discusses the community-based organization model, altitude limits, trends in retail, and how some proposed regulations “… potentially scares away people interested in the hobby.” As Dunn suggests, be proactive by monitoring proposed legislation and contact your elected representatives. The AMA is actively involved in the regulation process and may officially mobilize membership in a Congressional letter writing campaign soon. Read the Tested.com article at...

WE ARE RAPIDLY APPROACHING A TIME WHERE DRONE DELIVERY IS A REALITY

THE FIRST URBAN DRONE DELIVERY JUST HAPPENED IN NEVADA - MARCH 10 Source: By Kelsey D. Atherton - Popular Science Hawthorne, Nevada isn’t known for much. The town of roughly 3,000 sits on the western edge of the state, near an Army ammunition depot, and not much else. Announced today, Hawthorne is now the site of what might be a historic precedent: the first urban delivery in the United States by a fully autonomous drone. The drone was flown by drone delivery company Flirtey, which got it’s start in 2013 in Australia, delivering textbooks to universities, before it moved to Nevada. Its six-engine multicopter flew along a predetermined path. When it reached the target house, it lowered a package containing bottled water, emergency food, and a first aid kit. The house was uninhabited, as the flight was a demonstration of what a rescue drone might be able to carry to people in need. Flirtey already conducted a rural delivery test, so it makes sense that urban was next, even if that “urban” is defined as a fairly small town. According to Flirtey CEO Matthew Sweeney, 86% of packages are 5.5 pounds or less, and that the drone is designed to carry payloads that size up to 10 miles away. “Hawthorne is a town with ideal characteristics for us, because you’ve got residential housing lots that have trees, power lines, that are perfect for research and testing precision delivery,” Sweeney told Popular Science, “the kinds of things you have in a regular suburban environment.” After Hawthorne, Sweeney said, the next step is to “do it over an urban populated area, the kind...

GoPro Hero 5: Everything You Need To Know

GoPro will ultimately deliver a completely autonomous drone, requiring absolutely no piloting? Source: Christopher Morris, at ValueWalk. The release of the GoPro Hero 5 will be an extremely important one for the action camera manufacturer, following the desperate slide of its share price. It is essential for the company to impress consumers with this next generation action camera, and it is also widely anticipated that numerous new features will be included. Smaller and lighter The first thing to note about the GoPro Hero 5 is that it will be significantly smaller and lighter than the previous releases in the series. That have been release delays with this camera thus far, and it is believed that this is related to manufacturing challenges in producing the sleekest and most mobile camera possible. GoPro Hero 5 with drone compatibility It has also been suggested that GoPro will ensure that drone compatibility is part of the makeup of the GoPro Hero 5, which would fit in with the other plans of the company. GoPro has reportedly been working on autonomous drones over the last few months, with the company wishing to make a serious investment in this potentially vast marketplace. GoPro will ultimately deliver a completely autonomous drone, requiring absolutely no piloting. Waterproofing Rumors have also indicated that the GoPro Hero 5 will feature outstanding underwater shooting capabilities, as the manufacturers look to widen the scope of this action camera. It is believed that the GoPro Hero 5 will deliver underwater shooting at a depth of 60 meters, which would be a 300 percent improvement over the existing GoPro Hero 4. This would hopefully...

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