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  • AMA Meets With White House to Discuss Remote ID and Foreign-Made UAS September 13, 2020
    AMA recently met with the White House National Economic Council regarding a proposed executive order on foreign-made UAS and the FAA’s proposed rule on Remote ID.  The proposed executive order that has been drafted by President Trump’s administration, if signed, would ban the federal government’s use of foreign-made UAS, including model aircraft. The executive order would bar federal […]
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  • AMA, AOPA, EAA and Google’s sister company, Wing, urge FAA to Make Essential Changes to Remote ID Rule September 11, 2020
    The Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) joined with the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA), and the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA), and Google’s sister company, Wing, to send a letter today urging the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to make essential changes to the proposed rule for Remote Identification (remote ID) of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS). […]
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  • Airspace Classification July 15, 2020
    There are two broad classifications of airspace: controlled and uncontrolled. Class A, B, C, D, and E are categorized as controlled airspace. Class G is uncontrolled airspace. Class G airspace extends from the surface to the base of the overlying Class E airspace. New recreational UAS operating requirements state that to operate in controlled airspace, an operator must obtain […]
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  • FAA Regulation Timeline July 1, 2020
    In recent years, the AMA Government Affairs team has been working diligently with Congress and the FAA to advocate for our hobby in the face of new federal regulations and continuing threats at the state-level. We have pushed back on overly burdensome proposals while working cooperatively with policymakers to protect the ability of our members […]
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  • FAA Registration Renewal Notice June 22, 2020
    You may have received an email from the FAA regarding recreational flyer registration renewals on Friday, June 19. You could have received this email even if you are not eligible to renew at this time. You are eligible to renew your FAA Registration within 180 days of your expiration date. You may now renew your […]
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  • AMA Communication Efforts with the FAA June 19, 2020
    In order to maintain an open communication flow between AMA and various departments within the FAA, the AMA Government Affairs team meets regularly with the FAA. We have daily contact with the FAA and a weekly scheduled teleconference that involves leadership from multiple departments. The call involves representatives from Flight Standards, the Air Traffic Organization, the Integration Office, the UAS Policy Team, and others.   The purpose of these calls is to discuss developments […]
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  • FAA Registration 101 June 12, 2020
    FAA Registration is required for all recreational flyers. To register with the FAA, visit the FAADroneZone. Recreational operators can use the same registration number for all their UAS which includes model aircraft. FAA Registration for recreational flyers is $5 for a 3-year term from the day you originally registered. The National Defense Authorization Act of 2018 restored the FAA’s registration rule with respect to model aircraft and recreational flying.  It […]
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  • Remote ID Progress June 5, 2020
    The AMA Government Affairs team continues to work toward advocating for a more-inclusive solution to Remote ID. AMA has been providing sensible recommendations for the hobbyist community to comply with Remote ID since this process started in 2017. The FAA is currently in the process of reviewing more than 50,000 comments that were submitted to the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM). We were told that the recreational community had a […]
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  • Safety Risk Management Process for Controlled Airspace May 29, 2020
    The AMA Government Affairs team has been working with clubs that are in controlled airspace to secure Letters of Agreement (LOA) for their flying sites. The FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018 requires all flying sites within controlled airspace to have a LOA with air traffic control (ATC) facilities. Throughout the past year, AMA has been working with a team within the FAA to obtain agreements for approximately 350 […]
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  • AMA Government Affairs Update 5/22/2020 May 22, 2020
    The AMA Government Affairs team continues to work with Congress and the FAA despite the ongoing pandemic.We have been able to conduct telephone meetings and participate in virtual video conferencing in order to continue our efforts to advocate for the hobby. In the past few weeks, we have seen developments that will impact our hobbyist […]
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