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Good News! House of Representatives Passes FAA Reauthorization Act!

We have some good news for Friday! Thanks to everyone that did their part and told the govt. that the RC pilots of the US support section 336. It was included in the Reauthorization Act!

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FAA Reauthorization Act

From the AMA

Today, the House of Representatives passed the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018 (H.R.4), a long-term reauthorization of the FAA. We are happy to share that Section 336, also known as the Special Rule for Model Aircraft, is included in this bill with meaningful refinements that we supported to help make it stronger. We especially want to thank the thousands of members who participated in our Call to Action in the last few weeks to let Congress know the importance of protecting our hobby. Your efforts during this critical time have made a significant impact.

While much of what we fought for was included in this bill, there are also some provisions that concern us. Rest assured – we will continue to work on improving FAA Reauthorization moving forward. Protecting our hobby is AMA’s top priority and we will do everything possible to ensure your ability and freedom to fly.

Please remember there are several more steps in the process before FAA Reauthorization becomes law. The next step is for the Senate to consider its own version of FAA Reauthorization, and then both the House and Senate bills will be sent to a Joint Committee to hash out a final version of the legislation. This process could take months and we may ask for your help again during this time.

Again, we cannot thank you enough for your unwavering support. Please continue to monitor your emails, social media, and www.modelaircraft.org/gov for new information and ways you can help.

As always, thank you for your support.

AMA Government Affairs

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Apr 27, 2018, 04:23 PM
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Umm, Jim, FAA doesn't make laws and only the House part of the Congress has acted on this one.
Apr 27, 2018, 04:55 PM
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That's excellent news Jim. Here's hoping the bill fares well and as it moves through congress...
Apr 27, 2018, 07:02 PM
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Two thumbs up
Apr 27, 2018, 07:27 PM
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AMA :" ... there are also some provisions that concern us. "

One of those might be the DeFazio amendment. It also passed.

https://repcloakroom.house.gov/news/...umentID=396645

I haven't closely read it but the gist of it appears to remove the prohibition on the FAA
from creating model aircraft rules:

" ``(f) Exceptions.--Nothing in this section prohibits the
Administrator from promulgating rules generally applicable to
unmanned aircraft, including those unmanned aircraft eligible
for the exception set forth in this section, relating to--

``(1) updates to the operational parameters for unmanned
aircraft in subsection (a);

``(2) the registration and marking of unmanned aircraft;

``(3) the standards for remotely identifying owners and
operators of unmanned aircraft systems and associated
unmanned aircraft; and

``(4) other standards consistent with maintaining the
safety and security of the National Airspace System.

``(g) Aeronautical Knowledge and Safety Test.--"

"Security of the National Airspace System" gives the FAA carte blanche authority
to do anything they want.
Apr 27, 2018, 07:35 PM
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The Sanford Amendment was also passed.
Apr 27, 2018, 07:56 PM
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The Sanford Amendment was also passed.
The BVLOS crowd isn't going to like that.
Apr 28, 2018, 07:21 AM
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What happened to "Good News!"?

This pretty much ends the AMA dream of being lord and master over all RC flyers. It passed with almost no opposition, 393 to 13.
Apr 28, 2018, 08:00 AM
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Originally Posted by SFBC
The Sanford Amendment was also passed.
Where did you find that?
Apr 28, 2018, 03:43 PM
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Where did you find that?
https://repcloakroom.house.gov/news/...umentID=396645
Apr 28, 2018, 08:18 PM
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Wonder what this is:

Lewis, Jason (R-MN) – Amendment No. 28 - Codifies the Department of Transportation’s Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration Pilot Program
Apr 28, 2018, 08:19 PM
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These also seem a bit contradictory -- FAA can make rules but also is prohibited from doing so in certain cases?

Sanford (R-SC), Davis, Rodney (R-IL) – Amendment No. 25 - Clarifies and tightens the 336 modelers exemption to ensure that those utilizing the exemption are following an appropriate course of safety, and allows the FAA to create rules for recreational UAS.

DeFazio (D-OR) – Amendment No. 26 - Modifies existing prohibition in regard to FAA issuing any regulation on model aircraft flown for hobby/recreational purposes and provides FAA flexibility to collaborate with industry to update operational parameters needed for unmanned aircraft flown for hobby/recreational purposes, to mitigate risks to aviation safety and national security.
Apr 28, 2018, 08:20 PM
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This is neat:

Grothman (R-WI) – Amendment No. 30 - Requires the Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration to issue regulations necessary to authorize the use of certain actively tethered public unmanned aircraft systems by government public safety agencies without any requirement to obtain a certification of waiver, certificate of authorization, or other approval by the Federal Aviation Administration.
Apr 28, 2018, 08:22 PM
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Originally Posted by Scratchbuildrc
Wonder what this is:

Lewis, Jason (R-MN) – Amendment No. 28 - Codifies the Department of Transportation’s Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration Pilot Program
-The legislation supports one of the Commercial Drone Alliance policy objectives.
The UAS Integration Pilot Program is an opportunity for state, local, and tribal governments to partner with private sector entities, such as UAS operators or manufacturers, to accelerate safe UAS integration.
https://www.faa.gov/uas/programs_par...rogram/splash/
Apr 28, 2018, 08:22 PM
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Here it is.


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