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  • Senate Passes FAA Reauthorization Act of 2023 with AMA’s Amendment Included February 9, 2024
    On February 8, 2024, the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation passed the bipartisan Senate Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization Act of 2023. The legislation includes several provisions to strengthen safety standards and oversight at the FAA and responds to safety concerns from recent aviation accidents and near-misses. […]
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  • AMA Submits Public Comment to the FAA January 22, 2024
    The FAA’s Office of Airports is looking to change the definition of “aeronautical activity” and exclude recreational UAS/model aircraft from this definition. This could create an issue with clubs and events that AMA have on airport properties around the country that receive FAA funding because this money is often prohibited […]
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  • How to Use the FAA’s UAS Facility Map to Search for FRIAs January 22, 2024
    AMA has successfully obtained FRIA status for the majority of our chartered clubs’ flying sites. If you’d like to identify where FRIAs are located across the country,  there are a couple of ways you can do that. One option is for members to use AMA’s Club Finder. Click here for […]
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  • Remote ID Compliance and Resources January 17, 2024
    As a reminder, the FAA will be ending its Discretionary Enforcement Policy for Remote ID compliance on March 16, 2024. Radio-controlled operators must then comply with Remote ID requirements through Standard Remote ID, use of a broadcast module, or by flying at a FRIA site. AMA has shared with the […]
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  • AMA Secures Higher Altitudes for Sanctioned Events December 27, 2023
    AMA is happy to share that we have signed a new Letter of Agreement with the FAA to continue to provide higher altitudes for AMA sanctioned events in uncontrolled (Class G) airspace for 2024. The AMA event sanctioning process currently includes an assessment for operations to be approved up to […]
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  • Club Finder Updated for FRIA-Approved Club Sites October 3, 2023
    Many of our clubs have been granted FRIA (FAA-Recognized Identification Area) status for their club’s flying site. We have updated the club finder on our website to reflect which locations have been granted FRIA status, as well as added an option to search for FRIA-approved clubs within a certain mile […]
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  • House Passes Bill Avoiding Government Shutdown October 2, 2023
    On September 30, 2023, the House of Representatives passed HB 335-91, which funds the government for 45 more days. The signing of this bill effectively prevents a government shutdown until November 17, 2023. The bill also extends the FAA’s authorities for another three months, or until December 31, 2023. The […]
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  • FAA Extends Remote ID Enforcement Date Six Months September 13, 2023
    As AMA anticipated, the FAA has announced they are extending the Remote ID enforcement date by six months. Radio Controlled Operators now have until March 16, 2024 before they will have to comply with the rule. This extension provides the FAA more time to approve FRIA applications and manufacturers the […]
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  • FRIA and Remote ID Update August 29, 2023
    Although the deadline to comply with Remote ID requirements is just days away, there are still hundreds of FAA-Recognized Identification Area (FRIA) applications waiting to be reviewed by the FAA and broadcast modules are backordered and overpriced. This leaves AMA members and hobbyists across the country wondering, “How exactly am […]
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  • FAA Reauthorization – What Does It Mean? June 26, 2023
    As we move closer to a new FAA Reauthorization bill, many hobbyists are left wondering what this means for model aircraft operations. Congress authorizes the FAA to create rules, fund and develop initiatives, and implement specific programs. This authorization expires every one to five years and requires Congress to reauthorize […]
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