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Proposals for FAA Regulation

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by phoby3, May 6, 2014.

  1. phoby3

    Apr 17, 2014
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    Metro Philadelphia
    It seems that most UAV flyers are taking a wait and see attitude regarding the FAA's rule making regarding the use of UAV's particularly when it comes to commercial flying. But, I'm not a big believer of waiting because it is much easier to be a part of shaping regs than amending them. So, I'm asking as UAV's pilots what regs, if any, would you like to see coming out of the FAA regarding both hobbyist and commercial flyers of light UAV's like the Phantoms?
  2. SilentAV8R

    Apr 2, 2014
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    Orange County, CA - USA
    I understand the thought behind your post, however, the reality is that we will have very little to say overall. The effort to both write and help shape potential rules is well underway.

    The AMA is already working with the FAA to protect our hobby uses and they were successful in getting Section 336 of the FAA Modernization and Reauthorization Act (Public Law 112-95) put in place.

    That defines what a hobby operation/aircraft is:


    That section goes on to prohibit the FAA from coming up with new regulations regarding model aircraft as long as those model aircraft (as defined in the section) are operated as follows in accordance with the rest of Section 336.

    The FAA will certainly write rules governing those hobby operators that choose not to operate in accordance with the rest of the Section 336. They are already well along that road. If you want a peek into what they might be thinking, look at the summary of the Aviation Rule Making Committee from 2009:


    Notice that this document also spends a lot of time on commercial and public use operators.

    As individuals we will all have an opportunity to comment once the FAA FINALLY issues a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) which is now 2.25 years past their original target time. At any rate, Congress gave them until September 2015 to have final rules in place, so I suspect the NPRM will show up sometime in early 2015.

    Being an AMA member is one way to get your voice heard as a hobbyist: http://www.modelaircraft.org/

    RCAPA is another that leans more towards the commercial end: http://rcapa.net/

    AVUSI is another organization which is focused more on commercial use: http://www.auvsi.org/home

    I'd join one of these that most closely aligns with your intended use (hobby/commercial) since they will all have well organized methods for their member's voices to be heard by the FAA.