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  • FAA Memorandum for Air Traffic Control Education May 14, 2019
    Recently an FAA Memorandum that addressed altitude and flying restrictions in controlled airspace was circulated around the internet. This memorandum was intended as FAA guidance to educate air traffic control facilities (ATC) on best methods to respond to recreational flyers seeking authorization, not as guidance to recreational operators. Recent legislation under Section 349 (c) states […]
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  • AMA, CTA Lead First Stakeholder Meeting on Recreational UAS Regulations April 26, 2019
    We are pleased to share with you that earlier this week, AMA led the first stakeholder meeting on recreational UAS regulations in conjunction with the Consumer Technology Association (CTA). In the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018, Congress directed the FAA to work with industry stakeholders to implement the new provisions. This week’s meeting was an important […]
    Angela
  • Letters of Agreement Between Clubs and Air Traffic Control April 25, 2019
    In the near future, hobbyists and drone operators will no longer have to notify every airport within a five mile radius before an operation.  When this provision is removed, it will be replaced by a new requirement that operators in controlled airspace will be required to seek authorization from towered airports, unless flying from a […]
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  • Utah Legislature Passes Resolution in Support of “Know Before You Fly” April 11, 2019
    SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Know Before You Fly, an initiative to promote the safe and responsible use of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), praises passage by the Utah Legislature of SJR 20, which recognizes the campaign as an official source of safety information for UAS operators in the Beehive State. The joint resolution, sponsored by […]
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  • Farmers Insurance Commmercial April 1, 2019
    Recently Farmers Insurance Group aired a commercial which highlighted a drone crashing into a windshield of a moving vehicle.  While AMA appreciates that Farmers Insurance commercials typically focus on unusual accidents outside of the norm, we did take issue with the negative attention this gives our hobby.  Companies and organizations are free market how they […]
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  • FAA seeks comments on Safe & Secure Operations of UAS March 28, 2019
    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 […]
    Angela
  • Government Affairs Update, March 20, 2019 March 20, 2019
    Federal Issues Earlier this month, the AMA Government Affairs team met with Congressional members and staff from Indiana, Texas, Alaska, Louisiana, Virginia, Oregon, Massachusetts, Arizona, Missouri, and Washington.  We also had meetings with the House Transportation Committee, Senate Commerce Committee, the FAA, and various media outlets who wanted to sit down with AMA to discuss […]
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  • External Marking Requirement for FAA Registration March 18, 2019
    On February 15, 2019 the FAA posted a rule in the Federal Register requiring all unmanned aircraft owners to display their FAA registration number on an outside of the aircraft. UAS operators may no longer place registration numbers in an interior compartment of the aircraft. The rule went into effect on February 25, 2019. In […]
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  • FAA Registration, Renewal, and Marking Your Aircraft February 27, 2019
    As of Monday February 25, 2019, the FAA’s Interim Final Rule requires drone pilots and model aircraft pilots to display their FAA-issued registration number on the outside surface of their aircraft. Many of our members have reached out with questions on how to comply with this new requirement, so we would like to provide additional guidance […]
    Angela
  • FAA Establishes Additional Restrictions on UAS Operations over DOJ and DOD Facilities February 15, 2019
    The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), at the request of security partners, recently announced additional airspace restrictions over certain facilities to address national security concerns. These new restrictions, outlined in NOTAM FDC 9/2586, apply to all model aircraft, sometimes referred to as drones or unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). The restrictions begin Tuesday, February 26, 2019 and will remain in […]
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