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AMA Works to Amend Reauthorization Bill Providing Relief for Model Aviation from sUAS Rules

M U N C I E, I N – Sen. James Inhofe, OK, successfully sponsored S.223 in the Senate yesterday with an amendment specifying a “Special Rule For Model Aircraft” that provides an exemption from regulation for model aircraft operating within the following parameters:

Flown specifically for recreational, sport, competition, or academic purposes;

Operated in accordance with a community-based set of safety guidelines within the programming of a nationwide community-based organization;

Limited to 55 pounds or less unless certified through a design, construction, inspection, flight test, and operational safety program currently administered by a community-based organization.
“On behalf of our 140,000 members I want to thank Senator Inhofe, Chairman Jay Rockefeller and Ranking Republican Kay Bailey Hutchinson for their leadership in shepherding the FAA reauthorization bill through the U.S. Senate,” said Academy of Model Aeronautics President Dave Mathewson. “Aeromodeling is an exceptional family recreational and education activity that has traditionally been a stepping stone for our children to careers in aviation and aerospace. With the Senators’ help we hope model aviation will continue to help provide that impetus for future generations of engineers, pilots and astronauts.”

The bill now moves to the House of Representatives, which is expected to rule on the matter in the very near future.

AMA has contended that the purpose and operation of model aircraft flown for recreational purposes is uniquely different from the operation of the growing number of commercial small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS) for which the FAA is drafting regulation. Aeromodelers operating under

AMA’s guidelines have earned a reputation of being one of the safest, if not the safest users of the National Airspace System. This exemplary safety record spans more than 75 years.

The Academy of Aeronautics, founded in 1936, charters 2,400 clubs across the country, sanctioning more than 2,000 events and competitions as a member of the National Aeronautic Association. It is dedicated to promoting aeromodeling as a recreational, competitive and academic pursuit.

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4 thoughts on “AMA Works to Amend Reauthorization Bill Providing Relief for Model Aviation from sUAS Rules
  1. This ammendment does not exempt model aircraft from regulations. It will only exempt AMA members. Seems the AMA is getting resistance from the FAA in the proper rulemaking procedures and is trying to use Congress bypass the FAA and proper channels to make themselves the sole regulatory body for model aviation. This ammendment would also ban any recreational aviation except for AMA members.
    Read the text of the ammendment. Only “national” CBO’s are exempt from FAA supervision. This ammendment is just another money grab attempt by a failing organization.

  2. So what you’re saying is that the amendment will push more modelers to join AMA so they won’t be impacted by the FAA rules? That’s the mony grab? That’s funny! This amendment, if it stands after all of the rulemaking is done, won’t change a thing. AMA will be allowed to operate with a set of rules that’s accepted by the adminstrator. Joe Blow, non-AMA, back-yard-modeler is still gonna fly his model as he see fit…rules or no rule.

  3. So all it will do is make millions of people criminals and that is no concern to you.
    Going by that logic, people should just ignore all laws and do what ever they want.
    Kind of puts parkflyers in the same boat with drug addicts.

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