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FAA seeks comments on Safe & Secure Operations of UAS

FAA seeks comments on Safe & Secure Operations of UAS

Source: AMA GOVERNMENT RELATIONS BLOG Model aviation needs your help to ensure future regulations do not place unnecessary burdens on our community.  Last month, the FAA issued an advanced notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPRM) regarding the safe and secure operations of small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). In this ANPRM, the FAA is currently seeking comments on potential new rulemaking for operational and performance restrictions on UAS, including model aircraft. Some of the parameters being considered include altitude, airspeed, stand-off distances and unmanned aircraft traffic management.AMA has long held that the hobby of model aviation has introduced no new risk into the airspace, and therefore should not be subject to any new regulations. AMA is in the process of submitting comments to the FAA to this effect, urging the agency to take into consideration the existing safety guidelines for modelers and the differences between model aircraft and commercial drones – the FAA cannot and should not take a one-size-fits-all approach to regulating them. It is critical that we voice our support for the hobby by submitting a comment to the Federal Register regarding this ANPRM. Click here to submit a comment or visit www.regulations.gov and search for Docket No. FAA – 2018 – 1086; Notice No. 18-08. Below you’ll find a suggested template for comments, which you can customize with your personal story and then copy and paste into the comment field on the Federal Register website. The current deadline for submitting comments is 11:59 pm on April 15, 2019. Rulemaking is a lengthy process but rest assured that AMA will continue to advocate for our members and keep you informed as it progresses.  You can read FAQs...
AMA Members need to contact their representatives in congress

AMA Members need to contact their representatives in congress

We just received this communication from AMA Government Regulations Committee, and wanted to make sure everyone gets the word and takes action.  It only takes a couple of minutes, and this is how our government process works.  They need to hear from us. Friday, April 13, 2018 Dear members,   We need your help.   There is talk that the next re authorization bill for the Federal Aviation Administration will eliminate the Special Rule for Model Aircraft – also known as Section 336 – which has allowed AMA to manage our members and fly safely and responsibly, as we have for over 80 years. Losing the Special Rule would be a devastating blow to our hobby.   Please click here to send a letter to your elected representatives in support of the Special Rule for Model Aircraft.   This is a critical moment to let your elected representatives know the importance of the Special Rule for Model Aircraft and the role of community-based organizations such as AMA.   Our community has operated safely for decades – long before the recent advent of drones. Model aviation has played a critical role in the innovations of new technology and encouraging young people to pursue an interest in science and technology fields. More than that, this long-standing hobby has been passed down from generation to generation and is a tradition for many American families.   We need your help to demonstrate the value of the Special Rule for Model Aircraft not only for our community, but everyone. Please make your voices heard by contacting your elected representatives today.   Sincerely, AMA Government...
AMA DISTRICT IV NEWSLETTER, EDITION 3

AMA DISTRICT IV NEWSLETTER, EDITION 3

AMA DISTRICT IV NEWSLETTER Volume 3, 2015 Hello District IV Members, It’s alive! The New District IV Website is up and running. The announcement was made at the Joe Nall last week during the National Membership Meeting that the new District IV website is live. You can get to it directly using either, www.amadistrict-iv.org or www.ama-d4.org. It was explained to everyone after the announcement, the website is like a child that will continue to grow and mature over time and currently with 18 authors feeding the posts, it will never get stale but have new and fun information added continually. We also have plans for additional features such as club newsletters and an event calendar which links to the club, field, GPS, and weather even on your smart phone. If you want to see an activity or offering not currently on the site just ask our Webmaster Jack Upchurch, webmaster@ama-d4.org. Also see the Contact Us page or use the Blog Authors email address on each page to contact us. Don’t forget about our Facebook page, www.facebook.com/amadistrictiv. It is growing and being used more and more and will focus on what’s happening right now with district, national, and activity news through timely postings. Come visit and Like Us so you will know when there is something new happening. I am pleased to introduce Rick Cawley, our newest Associate Vice President who lives in Fuquay Varina, NC (racbgc@embarqmail.com). He will be serving central North Carolina replacing Josh Bunn who has stepped down to enjoy and experience his growing family. We thank you Josh for the many years of service you have given the district and AMA. The Associate...

AMA DISTRICT IV NEWSLETTER edition 2

The long awaited release of the FAA NPRM with rules for the use of sUAS, was presented at a press conference Sunday February 15th at 10:30am EST. Initially it looks to be very favorable toward hobby and recreation. Below is an email from Dave Mathewson, the Executive Director of AMA, and a link to the response to members by AMA. Big thanks to Rich Hanson, Dave Mathewson and the AMA staff for the fine and hard work they have put in representing you, the member’s right to fly. DISTRICT IV is on FACEBOOK! Look us up and Like us at Academy of Model Aeronautics,District IV,  https://www.facebook.com/amadistrictIV,  and then stay up to date on what’s happening in the district and nationally. The New District Website is taking shape and we have a new Webmaster. Welcome Jack Upchurch, who can be reached at webmaster@ama-d4.org . We are in need of some volunteers in the areas of RC and others to create and maintain pages on the new site. If you think it would be something that you would like to do and have some knowledge about websites then let me know. Thanks go out to Steve Moulton, who has hung in there for a long, long time as our current Webmaster and is still maintaining our old website at www.amadistrictiv.org It’s too COLD outside to go fly so I hope everyone is getting their projects done so we can go have some fun when the weather breaks. Look on our Facebook page for events happening this year and post your own. The district is pushing for bigger and more events so...