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Not sure if you've seen the latest on the 400' rule...

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Othan1, Jul 20, 2016.

  1. Othan1

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    If you're an AMA member, it is no longer a rule, guideline or even a nice suggestion. Email excerpt from AMA today:

    In this letter, dated July 7, 2016, the FAA states:

    "...model aircraft may be flow consistently with Section 336 and agency guidelines at altitudes above 400 feet when following a community-based organization's safety guidelines."

    "Community-based organizations, such as the Academy of Model Aeronautics, may establish altitude limitations in their safety guidelines that exceed the FAA's 400 AGL altitude recommendation."

    Essentially, this letter confirms that sailplanes, large model aircraft, turbines, and other disciplines can responsibly operate above 400 feet if the AMA member is operating within our safety programming. Equally important, the FAA again acknowledges AMA as a community-based organization.
     
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  2. Dazzauk

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    What country's does this apply to?
     
  3. mdowney58

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    Well the AMA is in the USA, and the FAA is USA so I'm gonna go out on a limb here and guess USA!
     
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  4. Dazzauk

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    Oh I didn't know that. Seen as I live in the u.k.
     
  5. mdowney58

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    @Dazzauk, I hope that you recognized that I was just being a smart alec....
     
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    It's no longer a 'rule' even if you are not an AMA member! All the FAA requires is that you follow the guidelines of a national CBO such as the AMA. The FAA never has nor will they ever require membership as that would constitute an endorsement (check out the AOPA).
     
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