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Support the House AIRR Act (HR 2997)

Support the House AIRR Act (HR 2997)

AMA is strongly supporting the House version of the FAA reauthorization bill (HR 2997), formally known as the 21st Century Aviation Innovation Reform & Reauthorization (AIRR) Act, and we need your help to get it across the finish line. The House is finalizing this legislation now and is expected to have a floor vote soon. Read more and click this link to see how you can...
Utah to consider flights over 400 feet as a misdemeanor

Utah to consider flights over 400 feet as a misdemeanor

This is very very important tasking. Please follow the link below and send a message to UTAH. http://amablog.modelaircraft.org/amagov/2017/03/01/utah-to-consider-flights-over-400-feet-as-a-misdemeanor/ Utah to consider flights over 400 feet as a misdemeanor Utah is pushing through legislation that is harmful to the operation of model aircraft and violates federal authority. So far AMA’s government relations team was successful in removing language such as restrictions on nighttime operations, but now we need your help to stop other unjust restrictions. The bill, S.B. 111 is currently under reveiw by the governor. The bill mandates that modelers must operate below 400 feet. While that altitude limit is appropriate for many modelers, this bill prohibits safe and federally-approved operations over 400 feet. AMA members could unjustly face misdemeanors for following AMA’s safety programming to operate sailplanes, turbine aircraft, large model aircraft, and other disciplines above 400 feet. S.B. 111 also penalizes model pilots with approval from the FAA from conducting commercial operations over 400 feet. The bill’s airport notification requirement is not consistent with federal guidelines and could be problematic. We have created a letter on your behalf at www.modelaircraft.org/gov/sb111. Please act now to stop this problematic...
Connor Barnes receives 2016 AMA Scholarship Award at Joe Nall

Connor Barnes receives 2016 AMA Scholarship Award at Joe Nall

Connor Barnes, from Mooresville, NC was awarded a 2016 AMA Scholorship.  Jay Marsh, District IV VP made the award at the 2016 Joe Nall event. Connor attends the University of North Dakota, and is pursuing a double major - Unmanned Aerial Systems and Commercial Aviation. He began flying model aircraft at a young age with his father, eventually moving to IMAC competition, winning Southeast Region’s Basic Pilot division at age 13; competed at the NATs twice, awarded the Best Senior Open Pilot award and 3rd place in the Advanced Division. His school activities and community service include,  playing competitive soccer from ages 8 to 15.  Connor then had to make a choice between soccer and flying, choosing the latter.  He volunteers once month to organize athletic activities for younger children at a local community center, as well as assisting a local recycling program. Connor volunteered as a youth referee for the local soccer, baseball and basketball seasons; coached the 9 year-old girls soccer team; presently selected for a paid internship operating a CNC router. District IV is proud to have such an outstanding young man receive an AMA scholorship award....