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FPV companies unite to protect the model aviation and FPV hobby in the USA.

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Today, a group of leading companies in the first person view (FPV) industry are proud to announce the formation of the FPV Trade Association (FPVTA).

For over a decade, first-person-view control of model aircraft has been an exciting, rewarding, and safe aspect of model aircraft recreation, bringing the experience of aerial-view flight control to hobby clubs and back yards. FPV is now the largest growth area of the entire model aviation hobby.

The FPVTA is a unified and organized group of companies whose goal is to protect this important aspect of model aviation, an effort compelled by the recent FAA Notice of Interpretation of Public Law 112-95 (Section 336) that threatens to restrict or even prohibit FPV operation of model aircraft. Tim Nilson of FPVTA member company GetFPV said, We believe that the FAA is grossly misinterpreting the 2012 statute, which specifically protects model aviation from new FAA regulations. The agency uses a line in the statute concerning model aircraft operational distance to suggest that a hobbyist must always be looking at a model from the ground up. This misinterpretation endangers not only a wonderful hobby but the companies and jobs that service the hobby, and could also prohibit other aspects of recreational model aviation that will emerge in the future, no matter how safe they actually are. Bob Brown, President of the Academy of Model Aeronautics said, FPV is an aspect of the model aviation hobby that has been around for a decade and is increasingly popular among our members. The AMA is committed to the safe operation of FPV as a part of our great hobby and we look forward to working with the FPVTA as an affiliate to ensure that FPV operations can continue to be enjoyed in the United States, free of unnecessary regulation.

FPVTA member companies include retailers, technology, media, and service companies that support the FPV hobby and the hobbyists who enjoy it. These companies and associated jobs will be placed at risk by the FAAs Interpretation were it to be enforced as a permanent and binding regulation in the months to come. The FPVTA is represented by attorney Brendan Schulman of Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP, who successfully won dismissal of the first attempted regulatory penalty sought against a model aircraft operator, and who also represents Texas EquuSearch in its dispute over the use of model aircraft for voluntary search and rescue purposes. Mr. Schulman says, FPV is expressly permitted by the Civil Aviation Authority in the United Kingdom up to 1,000 feet in altitude, in recognition that it is a safe form of model aviation. There is no reason why regulations in the United States, the birthplace of model aviation, should be more restrictive.

The FPVTA hopes it can work cooperatively with the FAA to preserve this important aspect of the hobby, but will explore all legal avenues to challenge the agencys attempt to rewrite the spirit and text of the 2012 statute.

About FPV

FPV is a form of model aviation where hobbyists fly their RC model aircraft with the aid of small cameras and video glasses or screens on the ground. The camera image is sent to the pilot on the ground in real-time and provides an immersive, live pilots-perspective experience. FPV systems typically use light, small, battery- powered model airplanes or helicopters weighing as little as two pounds.

About the FPVTA

The FPVTA was founded in July 2014 and includes a variety of FPV focused companies in retail, product engineering, media, and services. FPVTA Member

FPVTA Member Companies:

  • Hobby Wireless (Retail)
  • ImmersionRC (Equipment)
  • HobbyKing (Retail)
  • GetFPV (Retail)
  • VideoAerialSystems (Equipment)
  • Total3DSolutions (Distribution)
  • Stone Blue Airlines (Retail/Services/Media)
  • Lumenier (Equipment)
  • FPVLab (Media)

FPVTA Supporters:

  • Academy of Model Aeronautics (Community Association)
  • RCGroups (Community Forum)

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For more information visit the web site of the FPVTA.

For media inquiries or to join the FPVTA click here.

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Old Jul 31, 2014, 02:03 PM
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This is HUGE. Some big boys in that list.
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Old Jul 31, 2014, 02:04 PM
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For sure. I love that this is happening.
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Old Jul 31, 2014, 02:11 PM
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Awesome news!
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Old Jul 31, 2014, 02:22 PM
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RCG will be working with the FPVTA to get the word out!
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Old Jul 31, 2014, 02:25 PM
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Now how about forming a SIG under the AMA? Similar to the way other organizations do with their niche of the hobby. At least FPV'ers could give direction to the AMA instead of the AMA just winging it!
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Old Jul 31, 2014, 02:28 PM
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It's a big day today! I am thrilled that GetFPV is a part of this important effort. My hope is that many more companies will join the effort. If you know of companies that you think should participate, please get the word out. I am also thrilled that RCG is a supporter of the FPVTA. Having them on board to get the word out is fantastic. Thank you!!
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Old Jul 31, 2014, 02:34 PM
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As will TheCrashCast!

This list of vendors is quite impressive, and will do a fine job representing our interests!
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Old Jul 31, 2014, 02:59 PM
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Biggest name in FPV needs to get on that list pronto! Readymade, that is you. OK I trust you will, so thanks in advance.

what a great idea

Love what Brown and Shulman have to say too.
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Old Jul 31, 2014, 03:00 PM
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Great news especially since the FPVTA has retained Schulman to represent their (our) interests - someone finally broke the code and realized that this will be resolved in the courts.

There are some big dogs missing i.e. Horizon, RMRC, FatShark, etc. I am going to contact them and the other MIA vendors and suggest they join asap.

Also good to see the AMA grow a backbone.
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Old Jul 31, 2014, 06:34 PM
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It is exciting to see this launch! I think this trade association is exactly what the FPV focused companies and community needed.
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Old Jul 31, 2014, 08:07 PM
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What a huge step for the community. I have already suggested this to the team that RC Logger become involved!

Let us all stand united!

Regards,

Adam & the RC Logger team!
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Old Jul 31, 2014, 08:41 PM
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Fantastic news!
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Old Jul 31, 2014, 10:00 PM
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Great news!

Does this cover specific region or internationally?
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Old Aug 01, 2014, 12:15 AM
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+100 to getting RMRC onboard. C'mon guys, this is too important....

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