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  • 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 […]
    Angela
  • 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 […]
    AMA staff
  • 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 […]
    Angela
  • FAA Issues Interim Final Rule for External Marking Requirement February 13, 2019
    The FAA issued an Interim Final Rule today that will require drone pilots and model aircraft pilots to display their FAA-issued registration number on the outside surface of their aircraft. The rule will take effect on Monday, February 25, which means the markings must be in place for any outdoor flight beginning on that date. […]
    Angela
  • New Rules for Drones in Canada January 17, 2019
    Canada’s civil aviation authority, Transport Canada (TC), published new regulations for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) on January 9, 2019. UAS are typically referred to as remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS) or drones. The new regulations go into effect June 1, 2019 and require operators to pass a mandatory knowledge exam and a practical flight review […]
    Angela
  • AMA Response to FAA Proposed Rulemaking January 15, 2019
    On January 14, 2019, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) published a notice of proposed rulemaking on the Operation of Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems over People and an advance notice of proposed rulemaking on Safe and Secure Operations of Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems. AMA’s executive director, Chad Budreau, issued the following statement: “The proposed rulemakings on […]
    Angela
  • Government Affairs Update, January 4, 2019 January 4, 2019
    Federal Issues As you are aware, the federal government has been partially shut down until funding legislation is passed.  At this time, there does not appear to be a compromise in sight, as congressional leaders for both parties have taken a firm stance on key issues. The AMA government affairs team has been working with […]
    Angela
  • Remote ID rules for model aircraft should be flexible December 4, 2018
    The FAA Reauthorization Act was signed on October 5, 2018, and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has been assessing the requirements of this new law and meeting with the AMA to collaborate on how to implement the provisions. During this transitional period, the FAA has informed us that our members should continue to follow the […]
    Angela
  • FAA Registration Renewal November 13, 2018
    On December 12, 2017, Congress reinstated FAA registration for all unmanned aircraft weighing between .55 lbs. and 55 lbs. Many of us had received our registration number before this December 12th date and we expected that the time to renew was coming soon. However, due to the ruling in the US Court of Appeals, those […]
    AMA staff