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  • AMA Meets with the Office of Management and Budget May 7, 2021
    AMA recently met with the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), an agency within the White House that assists the President in meeting policy, budget, management, and regulatory objectives, to discuss the importance of Advisory Circular (AC) 91-57C and its release.
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  • Academy of Model Aeronautics and UASidekick Partner to Provide Free LAANC Flight Planning Software to AMA Members May 4, 2021
    The Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) and UASidekick announced a new partnership today to disseminate free recreational Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability (LAANC) flight planning to nearly 175,000 UAS hobbyists who are members of AMA.
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  • AMA Meets with Congressional Committees on Behalf of Model Aircraft Community April 22, 2021
    AMA continues to meet with congressional committees to advocate on behalf of the model aircraft community. Recently, AMA had meetings with the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, the Senate Commerce Committee, and the Chair of the Subcommittee on Aviation and Space, Senator Kyrsten Sinema. These meetings included updates on the […]
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  • Behind the Scenes of the Government Affairs Department March 30, 2021
    AMA is committed to consistently advocating for the model aircraft community. In addition to working with the FAA and Congress, the Government Affairs department focuses on a number of other tasks. AMA works with the FAA daily on a host of issues, including securing Letters of Agreement for AMA clubs […]
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  • Representative John Cyrier Proposes New Bill in Texas March 26, 2021
    On March 9, 2021, Representative John Cyrier (R-Texas) introduced House Bill No. 3403. The bill proposes that it be a criminal offense to fly any unmanned aircraft outside of the direct line of sight of the operator, above unauthorized private property, attempts to set altitude restrictions, and imposes a fee […]
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  • FAA Experiences 50% Decline In New Registrations and Renewals March 15, 2021
    The FAA has experienced a 50% decline in new registrations and renewals for UAS via The total number of registrations fell from 1,746,248 to 868,421 between December 2020 and March 2021, comprising 492,492 recreational fliers and 375,929 commercially registered drones. The FAA attributes this drop to registrations to reaching […]
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  • Remote ID Effective Date Delayed March 10, 2021
    Because of President Joseph Biden’s regulatory freeze and review process, the FAA is delaying the effective date of the final rule for Remote ID until April 21, 2021. The original effective date was March 16, 2021. As a result of the delay in the effective date, the compliance date for […]
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  • Senator Mike Lee Reintroduces Drone Integration and Zoning Act March 8, 2021
    Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) reintroduced the Drone Integration and Zoning Act, a bill that would give states, counties, cities, and local tribal governments the right to manage low altitude airspace. Specifically, the legislation would preclude the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) from authorizing UAS operations under 200 feet when flying above […]
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  • Club Resources for Remote ID March 2, 2021
    Many clubs have been hosting meetings to update their members on the new rule for Remote ID. AMA has several resources for clubs and members to reference for Remote ID that will hopefully make the upcoming requirements easier to understand. Here is a PowerPoint presentation that details the new rule, […]
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  • The Recreational UAS Safety Test (TRUST) FAQ February 24, 2021
    On February 22, 2021, the FAA released information regarding the next step of implementation of the Recreational Knowledge and Safety Test. This step includes the application process for organizations interested in serving as test administrators for The Recreational UAS Safety Test (TRUST). See below for FAQs regarding the test: Q: […]
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