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AMA Announces New Rules on Model Aircraft

Discussion in 'Pro/Adv Discussion' started by JerEl, Mar 7, 2016.

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  1. JerEl

    Oct 8, 2014
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    On Thursday, February 11, 2016, the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee in the House of Representatives passed the Aviation Innovation, Reform, and Reauthorization (AIRR) Act, which preserves and strengthens the Special Rule for Model Aircraft. The AIRR Act is a strong bill that we are proud to support.

    Here is the section on model aircraft (underlining is by me):

    21 ‘‘§ 45507. Special rules for model aircraft
    22 ‘‘(a) IN GENERAL.—Notwithstanding any other pro
    23 vision of law relating to the incorporation of unmanned
    24 aircraft systems into Federal Aviation Administration
    25 plans and policies, including this subtitle, the Adminis-
    1 trator of the Federal Aviation Administration may not
    2 promulgate any rule or regulation regarding a model air
    3 craft, or an aircraft being developed as a model aircraft,
    4 if—
    5 ‘‘(1) the aircraft is flown strictly for hobby or
    6 recreational use;
    7 ‘‘(2) the aircraft is operated in accordance with
    8 a community-based set of safety guidelines and with
    9 in the programming of a community-based organiza
    10 tion;
    11 ‘‘(3) the aircraft is limited to not more than 55
    12 pounds unless otherwise certified through a design,
    13 construction, inspection, flight test, and operational
    14 safety program administered by a community-based
    15 organization;
    16 ‘‘(4) the aircraft is operated in a manner that
    17 does not interfere with and gives way to any manned
    18 aircraft; and
    19 ‘‘(5) when flown within 5 miles of an airport,
    20 the operator of the aircraft provides the airport op
    21 erator and the airport air traffic control tower (when
    22 an air traffic facility is located at the airport) with
    23 prior notice of the operation (model aircraft opera
    24 tors flying from a permanent location within 5 miles
    25 of an airport should establish a mutually agreed
    1 upon operating procedure with the airport operator
    2 and the airport air traffic control tower (when an air
    3 traffic facility is located at the airport)).
    5 OR EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES.—A flight of an unmanned
    6 aircraft shall be treated as a flight of a model aircraft
    7 for purposes of subsection (a) (regardless of any com
    8 pensation, reimbursement, or other consideration ex
    9 changed or incidental economic benefit gained in the
    10 course of planning, operating, or supervising the flight),
    11 if the flight is—
    12 ‘‘(1) conducted for instructional or educational
    13 purposes; and
    14 ‘‘(2) operated or supervised by an eligible not
    15 for-profit organization.
    16 ‘‘(c) STATUTORY CONSTRUCTION.—Nothing in this
    17 section may be construed to limit the authority of the Ad
    18 ministrator to pursue enforcement action against persons
    19 operating model aircraft who endanger the safety of the
    20 national airspace system.
    22 DEFINED.—In this section, the term ‘eligible not-for-prof
    23 it organization’ means an entity that—
    24 ‘‘(1) is described in section 501(c)(3) of the In
    25 ternal Revenue Code of 1986;
    VerDate Sep 11 2014
  2. Mark The Droner

    Aug 26, 2015
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    Here is a link to the Special Rule for Model Aircraft document: https://www.faa.gov/uas/media/model_aircraft_spec_rule.pdf

    Here is what I thought was an interesting interview with AMA's Rich Hanson discussing flying a UAS above 400 ft. (skip ahead to the 5 min mark):

    Here is a guy who received a phone call from the FAA due to a youtube drone video he posted:

  3. BigAl07

    BigAl07 Moderator
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    Jan 5, 2015
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    This guy is a HOOT and best of all.. he NAILED IT! *BOOM* (inset Mic drop here)
  4. ianwood

    ianwood Taco Wrangler
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    Jan 7, 2014
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    Lost Angeles
    This is old news. The bill is dead. Furthermore, AMA has little to do with it.

    This topic is not about the P3 and it has been covered in other threads posted in the correct sections. Please search. Thread closed.
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