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Tuesday, November 25, 2014
The Academy of Model Aeronautics has a long and successful history in advocating for the flying privileges of the aeromodeling community. It is one of the top reasons why modelers join the AMA and renew their membership year after year. Congress has recently passed legislation intended to prevent model aviation from being swept up in the effort to enable the operation of commercial and public use unmanned aircraft and to protect the aeromodeler from overreaching and burdensome regulation.
While this was a positive step, the FAA has recently released an Interpretive Rule that in essences diminishes the protection provided by Congress in the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 and arguably negates the Special Rule. The Interpretive Rule has the potential of significantly impacting the aeromodeling community and as such we need to be vigilant in responding to FAA's request for comments. It is also important to keep in mind that the FAA will likely release its Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for small Unmanned Aircraft Systems by the end of the year, 2014. Please visit these pages regularly for the latest developments. To contact the AMA Government Relations team, email email@example.com.
Rich Hanson, AMA Government and Regulatory Affairs
sUAS/Drone Prerecorded Broadcast
On Tuesday, November 25 AMA's Rich Hanson and Dave Mathewson answered your most commonly asked questions regarding the FAA and sUAS (Drone) legislative & regulatory issues.
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
14th July 2014
The world of FPV is an exciting area of the hobby. With technical innovations and more affordable equipment, it is one of the fastest growing areas of the hobby that thousands of modellers worldwide love.
However, FPV as we know it is in jeopardy.
The FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) in the USA have announced that they are modifying the way that they interpret legislation relating to model aircraft flying. This announcement has many implications, but the two points of note that many of our customers will object to is that:
1) Flying a model FPV using goggles will become illegal
2) The FAA are able to further regulate all forms of model aircraft flying.
As the hobby has come into the mainstream over the last few years, the FAA have come under pressure from community groups and the media to address safety concerns. This is their solution.
These changes however are simply a knee-jerk reaction that is flawed and doesn’t address the issue of safety. The AMA (Academy of Model Aeronautics) have been setting rules and regulations regarding to safety of model aviation for decades and have been doing it extremely well for all parties involved. Members are required to follow these safety rules as a part of membership. Non-members who were not following rules will continue to do so, largely unpoliced, and those who were doing the right thing will no-longer be able to fly FPV legally.
What can you do to stop this?
The easiest (but still effective) method to make your voice heard is to submit a comment to the FAA through regulations.gov showing your opposition to this change and let them know why you think these changes are flawed.
If you are in the US, we would also suggest you show support to the AMA, by becoming a member if you have not already signed up. They are on the side of the hobbyist as well as being large advocates for safety. This is the group you want representing your interests.
Not a US citizen so you think this doesn’t affect you?
Think again. There is a chance these changes could become a model that other nations will adopt.
Not an FPV flyer so you don’t really mind?
You should. This change sets a precedent that could very quickly expand to other areas of the hobby.
Please get your thoughts heard now, this stuff matters.
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If you live outside of the United States, there is a good chance you aren’t even thinking about this issue anymore, but here in America, the use of drones, UAVs, UASs, quadcopters, or whatever name you prefer (depending on what kind of flying vehicle it is), have been illegal for commercial usage — though that hasn’t stopped many from using them in that way. Right now they are legal for any non-commercial usage, but new rules coming this fall could expedite their legality for those wanting to use them on paid projects.
Here is a snippet from The Verge on this:
The new rule, which will be proposed in November, would allow commercial drones less than 55 pounds to be used in such activities as long as they were considered low risk to humans, structures, and other aircraft. Those approvals could come ahead of a larger reevaluation of FAA regulations covering small unmanned aircraft, expected sometime next year.
This issue has only gotten more heated as cheap UAVs have taken the industry by storm. The FAA was already planning on making rules for the use of smaller unmanned aerial vehicles by 2015, as it released this roadmap late last year, even though technically they were given permission by Congress to grant permits for commercial use back in 2012. This decision was bound to happen sooner or later, especially as the issue has been contested in court. Earlier this year, a federal administrative judge struck down a $10,000 fine from the FAA for drone usage, and stated that they were already legal because they should be considered “model aircraft.”
It will be interesting to see how this permit process will work, and how long it will take to come into effect — though the hope is that they have something in place by the end of the year. The hesitancy from the FAA is partially understandable, especially as people begin to use them more and more in populated areas. There is no question they can be extremely dangerous to both people on the ground, and other aircraft in the air, and as their popularity continues to increase, so will the accidents. The decision is certainly a step forward. Considering how much they can bring up the production values of a video for relatively little cost, it’s great that we will finally have some solid rules about the legality of UAVs for commercial use.
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