AMA Call to action 4-12-16

Discussion in 'Safety & Regulation' started by GJH105775, Apr 12, 2016.

  1. GJH105775

    GJH105775 Avid Linux User, and U.S. Air Force 1C6 Moderator

    [​IMG]Received this message today, and I'm sure many of you have but I just wanted to bring it to your attention if you live in the US and are not a member of the AMA.

    AMA Member Call to Action

    Dear AMA members,

    The U.S. Senate is currently considering amendments to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization Act of 2016. We need your help today to ensure this proposed legislation fully protects the model aircraft community.

    Click here now to urge your Senators to support Senator Inhofe's amendment number 3596 to the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2016.

    As you know, we are pleased that the Senate's proposed legislation preserves a community-based approach to managing the recreational community by maintaining the Special Rule for Model Aircraft. However, at the same time, we are concerned with additional provisions in this bill that could detrimentally impact our community.

    These new provisions would require all UAS, including model aircraft, to meet new FAA design and production standards and impose unnecessary regulation on hobbyists who often build their own models at home. The bill also requires modelers to obtain permission from air traffic control when flying within 5 miles of towered airports which could jeopardize hundreds of existing flying sites. And if passed, the bill would require model aircraft enthusiasts to take an online FAA safety test and carry proof of passing the test when flying. These new directives would undermine the model aircraft activity and detract from the creativity, innovation and enjoyment of the hobby.

    By supporting Senator Inhofe's amendment number 3596, you can help stop this from happening. This critical amendment would maintain the basic intent of the Senate's proposed legislation, while lessening the negative impact on the model aircraft community.

    As always, thank you for your support of AMA and your efforts to protect our community.

    AMA Government Affairs
  2. RENOV8R

    RENOV8R Well-Known Member

    We're a little behind you here in Canada as far as this type of legislation however I saw on the news a couple of days ago that they have passed a bill regarding any multicopter over 2000 grams. Similar as to restrictions of use in fly zones, and if used for commercial purposes (video of houses for real estate agents, etc.) you must be insured. Better call Geico
  3. GJH105775

    GJH105775 Avid Linux User, and U.S. Air Force 1C6 Moderator

    That would become a pain for anyone running such a business as you have to ask yourself how likely it is that you have a failure do any damage to anyone/thing accept your equipment.

    I also don't see the point of a mandatory 5 mile radius as airspace restrictions are already there, why should we try to dumb it down and inconveniences people who are posing a safety hazard.
    At this point a lot of things could go downhill fast for either of our countries as the less informed public overestimate the capabilities of our hobby and just general fear.

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