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  • The Domestic Counter-Unmanned Aircraft Systems National Action Plan May 9, 2022
    Recently, the Biden administration released the Domestic Counter-Unmanned Aircraft Systems National Action Plan. This plan seeks to safeguard recreational and commercial UAS use in the national airspace while protecting against nefarious and malicious UAS use by allowing more federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies to have enforcement authority over […]
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  • AMA Government Affairs Team Visits Washington D.C. May 4, 2022
    Recently, the AMA Government Affairs team traveled to Washington D.C. The week started off with an FAA workgroup visiting a local club’s flying site to discuss remote ID and the FAA Recognized Identification Area (FRIA) application process. As one of three ways to comply with the Final Rule for Remote […]
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  • AMA Participates in FAA/DOT Listening Session March 25, 2022
    AMA recently participated in an FAA and Department of Transportation (DOT) listening session regarding UAS policy, rulemaking, and implementation. The meeting was hosted by the Association of Uncrewed Vehicles Systems International (AUVSI). Presenters included AMA, AUVSI, Skydio, Wing, Boeing, Amazon, NUAIR, Zipline, Commercial Drone Alliance, and Small UAV Coalition. Attendees […]
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  • FAA Begins Work Toward FRIA Recognition March 23, 2022
    The FAA published the Final Rule for Remote ID on January 15, 2021. One of the three ways to comply to Remote ID is to apply for FAA-Recognized Identification Area (FRIA) status. The process to apply for FRIA status won’t begin until September 2022. Clubs that apply and are granted […]
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  • Flying in Controlled vs. Uncontrolled Airspace March 15, 2022
    For the purpose of recreational UAS operations, airspace can be viewed in two classifications: controlled and uncontrolled. Controlled airspace encompasses different classifications of airspace and defined areas where air traffic control (ATC) services are provided to full-scale aircraft pilots. With proper authorization, recreational UAS operators can fly in the Class […]
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  • AMA Helps Clubs Attain Higher Altitudes March 14, 2022
    Currently, clubs with flying sites in controlled airspace are assigned an altitude to fly at between 0 feet Above Ground Level (AGL) and 400 feet AGL on the FAA UAS Facility Map. Some clubs in controlled airspace might want to fly at a higher altitude than what is assigned to […]
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  • Oregon State Parks Proposes New Rules for Drones and Model Aircraft March 1, 2022
    Oregon State Parks has just released new proposed rules for drones and model aircraft. The proposed rules would enable users to fly freely throughout Oregon State Parks, rather than being restricted to designated “drone zones.” The rules would also create no-fly zones in areas such as campgrounds, wildlife-safe zones, and […]
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  • AMA Opposes Missouri House Bill 1619 February 24, 2022
    The Missouri House of Representatives recently proposed House Bill (HB) 1619, which would essentially criminalize capturing photos and/or videos of an individual in a public setting with a UAS. Although AMA agrees that individual privacy is important, we feel HB 1619 is too restrictive in its attempt to protect said […]
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  • 2021 Government Affairs Report February 2, 2022
    The Academy of Model Aeronautics continues to promote, protect, and preserve model aviation. See a brief summary of these efforts in the 2021 AMA Government Affairs Report.
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  • Quad Grid Update to LAANC October 28, 2021
    The Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability (LAANC) is receiving an enhancement from the FAA called “Quad Grid."
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