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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...

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...

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...