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Posted by danamania | Mar 22, 2011 @ 07:47 PM | 25,170 Views
NEW Congress Reconvenes to Complete the FAA Re-Authorization Act

In the beginning, 6/09/1981, there was Advisory Circular 91-57, the Model Aircraft Operating Standards:

To make a very long story short, WAY BEFORE THE FPV FOLLIES, commercial operators were flying RC models under AC 91-57 which the FAA later ruled against. This left commercial sUAV pioneers without a rule to fly under and without the ability to tell the feds "we were just flying our model airplanes." I started an AC 91-57 thread on RCG that nobody really cares about so you can read more here: https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show....php?t=1402772

Here is the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) Regulatory Brief: Unmanned Aircraft Systems: http://www.aopa.org/whatsnew/regulatory/unmanned.html

SOMETHING HAD TO BE DONE ABOUT ALL THIS THOUGHT THE REGULATOR (and a lot of other special interest groups with deep pockets and big agendas) and so the ARC was convened. Read it and weep: Small Unmanned Aircraft System, Aviation Rulemaking Committee, Comprehensive Set of Recommendations for sUAS Regulatory Development: http://www.modelaircraft.org/faa/recommendations.pdf

Enter the FAA’s Unmanned Aircraft Program Office (UAPO) and their ”FACT SHEET for Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS)” http://www.faa.gov/about/initiatives...FACT_Sheet.pdf

From where I sit, AC 91-57 is the...Continue Reading
Posted by danamania | Jan 05, 2011 @ 07:03 PM | 25,714 Views
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NPRM: In the rulemaking process http://www.reginfo.gov/public/do/eAg...&RIN=2120-AJ60

Operation and Certification of Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS)

Popular Title:Small Unmanned Aircraft
RIN 2120-AJ60
Stage: NPRM
Previous Stage:None
Abstract: This rulemaking would enable small unmanned aircraft to safely operate in limited portions of the national airspace system (NAS). This action is necessary because it addresses the novel legal or policy issues about the minimum safety parameters for operating recreational remote control model and toy aircraft in the NAS. The intended effect of this action is to develop requirements and standards to ensure that risks are adequately mitigated, such that safety is maintained for the entire aviation community.


The AMA's Government Relations website:


AMA Works to Amend Reauthorization Bill Providing Relief for Model Aviation from sUAS Rules

The SFAR Part 107 Shades of Things to Come…