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Jun 21, 2016, 05:12 PM
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The Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced the final Small UAS Rule this morning. The press release is available at:

Please note that all provisions of the Rule, including all pilot requirements and operating rules, will be effective in August 2016, 60 days after the rule is published in the Federal Register.

Details about the rule are available on the FAA’s UAS website.
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Apr 07, 2017, 01:12 PM
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Restricted Flight Areas - FAA Notice

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The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has established airspace restrictions over 133 military facilities to address national security concerns about unauthorized drone operations. The specific restricted locations are detailed in a Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) – UAS NOTAM FDC 7/7137, and may be viewed online via an interactive map here.

The Agency is using its existing authority under Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) § 99.7 – Special Security Instructions – to establish these restrictions. The relief provided under § 997 is limited to requests from the Department of Defense and U.S. federal security and intelligence agencies based on national security interests.

U.S. military facilities are considered “sensitive” as they are vital to the nation’s security. The FAA and the Department of Defense have agreed to restrict drone flights up to 400 feet within the facility’s lateral boundaries. There are only a few exceptions that permit drone flights within these restrictions, and they must be coordinated with the individual facility and/or the FAA. The restrictions are effective on April 14, 2017.

Operators who violate the airspace restrictions may be subject to enforcement action, including potential civil penalties and criminal charges.

For more information about these restrictions, including frequently asked questions, please visit the FAA’s UAS website.


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May 19, 2017, 02:35 PM
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FAA Model AC Registration System - Violates Section 336

Federal Appeals Court: The FAA's Registration Rule Violates Section 336 - user John A. Taylor beats the FAA in Federal Appeals Court and voids the FAA registration for drones and model aircraft. Click the LINK to learn more!
May 08, 2018, 05:20 PM
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House of Representatives Passes FAA Reauthorization Act!

It's not finished. It has to go through the Senate before it becomes law.

Jun 07, 2018, 09:10 AM
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Homeland warns Congress on risks of drones, seek new powers

This sounds like bad news for us.
Sep 22, 2018, 01:50 PM
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FAA reauthorization bill

Here's the latest. This bill has not been passed and we have a chance to have an impact on it before passage.

Message from the AMA ....

The current bill as sent to the House ....
Sep 24, 2018, 10:45 AM
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OPPOSE FAA Re-Authorization Act

Contact your Congressman and Senators and tell them to vote against this bill. Click the link below.

"Model aviation hobbyists have been flying safely in the skies since before the FAA was even created. We’re not the problem. Yet, this bill will deal a devastating blow to our hobby and the many local communities, charities and educational programs we support.

As written, this bill puts our community under the authority of the FAA, which means the agency can, at any time, impose additional regulations on model aircraft. In addition, the bill specifically imposes a 400’ altitude limit on model aircraft operating within the programming of a community-based organization (CBO), which will curtail long-standing AMA competitions and events that support local charities and non-profits. These and other changes will make it even more difficult to fly and will stifle the broader benefits of model aviation to STEM education and the broader aviation community.

It is important for you to know that this bill has not yet been voted into law. This is a critical moment and Congress needs to hear from our members on the harm this bill would do to our safe, long-standing hobby."
Sep 25, 2018, 02:01 PM
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Wrote and called Kay Granger and our two Senators today via the AMA link.

I hope you everyone does the same.
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Sep 25, 2018, 02:36 PM
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I've written both Senators and my Congressman. Links to the Senator's email .....

John Cornyn, US Senator from Texas

Ted Cruz, US Senator from Texas
Sep 28, 2018, 08:26 PM
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Too late now. The Senate voted it into law.

Here it comes folks. Buckle your seat belt, the bureaucracy is invading and it will likely get ugly. A hard 400 ft ceiling is just a start. Goodby free-flight and sailplanes/gliders

"Dear Mr. Rife:

Thank you for your letter regarding the reauthorization of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). I appreciate having the benefit of your comments on this matter.

I understand your concerns regarding our nation’s aviation system. Infrastructure is the backbone of a strong economy and a high quality of life. Our extensive transportation system reflects both the size of our great nation and the varied needs of the population it serves, and we must ensure we have the resources necessary to keep Texas and the United States moving.

To this end, I supported the FAA Reauthorization Act (H. R. 636), which was included in the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2018 (H. R. 1625; P. L. 115-141). This legislation reauthorizes and reforms agency programs through September 30, 2018. H. R. 636 also requires the FAA to address major challenges to our aviation system and advances important initiatives including: provisions related to aviation safety and training; the use of unmanned aircraft systems, or drones; and infrastructure needs. In addition, it supports the TSA PreCheck program, enhances security measures at foreign points of entry and airport checkpoints, and tightens access controls and employee vetting of airport workers—all without raising taxes on the American people or the travelling public.

As the 115th Congress continues to discuss changes to FAA programs and federal aviation policies, I will keep working to ensure that the federal government remains committed to supporting a safe, efficient, and fiscally responsible aviation network.

I appreciate the opportunity to represent Texas in the United States Senate. Thank you for taking the time to contact me.

United States Senator "
Oct 10, 2018, 03:23 PM
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Bloomberg Article Today

This is the kind of hyperbolic BS that will kill our hobby.

"Civilian drones pose a “steadily escalating threat,” as the devices are likely to be used by terrorists, criminal groups or drug cartels to carry out attacks in the U.S., FBI Director Christopher Wray told a Senate committee."

“The FBI assesses that, given their retail availability, lack of verified identification requirement to procure, general ease of use, ...."

Remember, "drone" is defined as UAS (Unmanned Aircraft Systems) and includes everything that flies by remote or per-programmed control (eg. quads, winged aircraft, and helicopters, etc) and the government gets to define and redefine what fits in that category.

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