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From the AMA

Congress just released a new Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reauthorization bill, the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018. This bill is the result of closed-door negotiations between the leadership of the House and Senate and includes significant modifications to the Special Rule for Model Aircraft, also known as Section 336. While some of the changes are positive and include provisions that AMA has championed, overall the bill is problematic. On the whole, it will put even more restrictions on our community in the coming months and years.

Given these additional, burdensome restrictions, we are asking AMA members to contact their members of Congress to express opposition to the bill.

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 could potentially 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.

Vote No on the FAA Reauthorization (3 min 1 sec)

Through AMA’s persistence and advocacy, there are some helpful elements included in this bill. There are provisions that clear up the previous ambiguity for those flying first-person view (FPV), allowing FPV under the guidelines of a community-based organization (CBO). It would also allow the FAA to designate CBOs and provides a clear definition of a CBO. Lastly, there is no explicit requirement for remote identification and tracking in this bill. 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.

Please make your voice heard by contacting your elected representatives today.

Regardless of the outcome of the reauthorization process, AMA will continue to work with Congress and the FAA to fight for relief from onerous regulations for our members.

Thank you, AMA Government Relations

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Sep 24, 2018, 11:13 AM
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Sent the email and then followed up with a phone call.

Got voicemail for Todd Young and Luke Messer, spoke with an actual person when I called Joe Donnelly
Sep 24, 2018, 11:30 AM
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Done. This is what we pay our dues for folks. Time for the AMA to do their part to protect our hobby.
Sep 24, 2018, 01:43 PM
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Sent, but I don't believe it will stop it. I hope they can get them to listen and revise things soon though. It sounds like we might not be able to fly at all for a while.
Sep 24, 2018, 02:11 PM
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Sent, but I don't believe it will stop it. I hope they can get them to listen and revise things soon though. It sounds like we might not be able to fly at all for a while.
Speak for yourself, I'm continuing to fly safely and responsibly. No need to paste links or anything, I know what's going on and respect your opinion.

It will be interesting how the industry and sales respond.

I do wonder if the general public really knew what the commercial drone alliance is all about there might be some pushback. Most of the population could care less about this hobby but might care about drones flying all over the place at low level, including their property.
Sep 24, 2018, 03:23 PM
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Just got a return phone call from Rep. Luke Messer's office. The staff member I spoke to said they are hearing quite a bit from people who share my feelings and they are taking the views into consideration. This may mean nothing and I may be having smoke blown up my keister, but I tried.
Sep 24, 2018, 05:03 PM
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Speak for yourself, I'm continuing to fly safely and responsibly. No need to paste links or anything, I know what's going on and respect your opinion.

It will be interesting how the industry and sales respond.

I do wonder if the general public really knew what the commercial drone alliance is all about there might be some pushback. Most of the population could care less about this hobby but might care about drones flying all over the place at low level, including their property.
Where is this not being able to fly thing coming from? Nowhere has that been said, discussed, or written in the bill. I for one will be flying business as usual.
Sep 24, 2018, 05:15 PM
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Sadly, protecting this hobby is not a priority for many citizens. In fact, we probably look more like a nuisance with so many negative articles popping on the TV because of some idiot drone pilot.

I believe one of our best methods of getting positive attention is to find a strong public figure in the hobby to reach out to the media and explain the idiocy of these new laws and regulations. We've got to turn the media's selling of "dangers of drones" around and show people the history of model aviation and its benefits. These new restrictions will hinder getting more children involved when parents realize they have to register & pass an FAA exam.

And don't get me started on the Commercial Drone Alliance. Their dealings with congress and the FAA are deeply concerning and quite possibly the reason we are being hog tied.

A trip to Capitol Hill with other dedicated R/C pilots, vendors, hobby shops, and media (website, podcasts, etc.) should also be considered. We all need to stick together and halt this bill. We should ask nothing less than for congress to remove the new text and leave the SPECIAL RULE FOR MODEL AVIATION intact. Use existing laws to go after and hold accountable the guilty pilots and leave the true hobbyists alone.

Stay strong and hopeful everyone. #SAVE336.

-Lee / RC Roundtable
Sep 24, 2018, 05:28 PM
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i said it before..


and i'll say it again. The drone thing has killed our hobby and I want to personally thank the AMA for promoting the crap outta these reckless punks who fly these quadcopters all over and have pretty much ruined my airplane hobby. Thanks alot AMA for helping to bring us to this point. Instead of forcing a clear distinction in the minds of the public , we as r/c airplane pilots got lopped into the 'its a toy' mentality and 'its a drone' mentality and now look how bad this has now gotten.
Sep 24, 2018, 05:33 PM
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I strongly believe this is all about money. This is not about safety or roque drones pilots. I think this is a mad dash for large companies like Amazon to own our skies for their theoretical delivery systems.
Sep 24, 2018, 05:35 PM
When in doubt, buzz them...
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Done!
But will AMA really stand by us this time?
Unlike the drone registration that they were supposed to go to bat for us?
But it took and individual, John Taylor, to do it?
Sep 24, 2018, 05:39 PM
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I strongly believe this is all about money. This is not about safety or roque drones pilots. I think this is a mad dash for large companies like Amazon to own our skies for their theoretical delivery systems.
if thats the case, and I lose my hobby because of amazon, guess jamming will become my new hobby.
Sep 24, 2018, 05:47 PM
wish list? MMM EVERY THING!!!
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Done
Sep 24, 2018, 05:47 PM
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Done!
But will AMA really stand by us this time?
Unlike the drone registration that they were supposed to go to bat for us?
But it took and individual, John Taylor, to do it?
I wouldnt think that AMA will do anything other than what has already taken place. There has to be a massive r/c industry push on capitol hill the likes the world has never seen and pilots to fight the FAA. We've already seen a president who vowed to take office and remove an over bloated federal bureaucracy reverse the john taylor decision and turn his back on us because hes all about big business and larger government regulation and isn't ''for the people'' .. contrary to what many espouse.
Sep 24, 2018, 05:53 PM
s'like freakin' NASA in there.
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