AC 91-57 (Cancelled) – Model Aircraft Operating Standards


Cancellation Notes AJV-11 Memo from Gary Norek

Date Cancelled October 10, 2014

Date Issued June 09, 1981

Responsible Office AJV-8,  Air Traffic Procedures Description

Outlines, and encourages voluntary compliance with, safety standards for model aircraft operators.

This memorandum is to request cancellation. of AC 91-57 Model Aircraft Operating Standards.

This AC is superseded by statutory language in the FAA Modernization and Reform. Act of 2012,  Section 336. The FAA has issued an interpretation regarding the scope of the special rule and the FAA’s enforcement authority over model aircraft as affirmed by the statute. The new interpretation also provides guidance to the model aircraft industry. Therefore the guidance in this AC is no longer applicable. A new AC is under development and will be coordinated with the appropriate offices.

A copy will be provided to your office for posting to your database.

If you have any questions regarding this request please contact Jackie Jackson. AJV-115 at 202 267 8177.

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