The AMA and FPV...Supplement Code 550
Today the AMA has officially released its stance on FPV. This wouldn't of been possible without the countless efforts of our community. Many thanks to the RCG folks, The AMA and members of the EC that made it happen.
Yesterday I updated our US Guidelines for FPV
in preparation. These guidelines include use of FPV craft at AMA fields. The AMA has narrowed it down to 4 of their own guidelines. This can be found as Supplement Code 550
. You can find all the codes in PDF format on the AMA's web page.
This information is new and word trickles down slowly. I'd highly suggest working with your safety coordinator at your local AMA field regarding FPV. The new code will allow FPV at AMA fields, however 'No Fly Zone' restrictions may apply at certain fields. Usually these restrictions are due to a lease agreement stating where activity at the field will happen. Once again work with your fields safety officer!
During this trial period of these new rules FPV will be under the microscope. Keep this in mind and be on your best behavior when flying FPV at AMA fields. This trial period can, and probably will, be observed by the AMA, FAA and ARC committee! Once data has been collected on the safety and impact of FPV at AMA fields we can revisit the rules, and revise them, in the future.
FLIGHTS AT AMA SANCTIONED AIRFIELDS
Preface: Some AMA fields are located within congested or populated areas. Furthermore these sites may have contractual agreements with land owners restricting activity within a limited flight zone. These areas do not have the space requirements for FPV flying and should not be used. The AMA model aircraft Safety Code will apply at all times!
Always keep in mind:
Flying FPV at a AMA field is a privilege and not a right! Please do not get into arguments regarding FPV at AMA fields. Arguing if you can fly FPV will only give FPV'ers a bad name!
1. An FPV-equipped model must be flown by two AMA members utilizing a buddy-box system. The pilot in command must be on the primary transmitter, maintain visual contact, and be prepared to assume control in the event of a problem
2. The operational range of the model is limited to the pilot in commandís visual line of sight as defined in the Official AMA Safety Code (see Radio Control, item 10).
3. The flight path of model operations shall be limited to the designated flying site and approved overfly area.
4. The model weight and speed shall be limited to a maximum of 10 pounds and 60 miles per hour.
So there you have it folks. That being said.. Who's wants to host the first FPV fun fly?