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There is a good deal of information floating around concerning the existing and proposed FAA regulations and how they may impact our hobby. This is particularly true on places like RCGroups and RCUniverse. I've also come across some bad information being passed out by at least one person in AMA region IX who should know better. First of all, if you read the AMA Safety Guidelines they clearly state that we must not fly over 400 feet above ground level when flying within 3 miles of an airport. Seems clear enough, but it differs somewhat from the "guidance" provided by FAA. The FAA says that you (SHOULD) not fly above 400 feet above ground level (AGL) in uncontrolled airspace such as that above MMAA's Olathe Centennial Field. You MUST fly below 400 AGL within 3 nautical miles, 4 statute miles from an airport. FAA Advisory Circular 91-157 (note the word "advisory") requests voluntary compliance with operating standards that include keeping all model aircraft below 400 foot AGL. This is not law, at least not at this time. As most of you know, 400 feet is not very high for a model airplane. Remember that our cross runway is 450 feet long, and it will give you a pretty good idea how large your airplane will look at that distance. Those of us flying sailplanes easily attain altitudes much more than twice that. Both FAA and AMA require model aircraft to see and avoid all human carrying aircraft. Here is a little something from the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association which has more information that you may find enlightening. FAA reasserts enforcement authority over model aircraft - AOPA By all means go to the best source, not some guy who "heard" something. Some folks speak as though they are great authorities, so be careful what you believe. Also, there was a rumor circulating that the FAA would ban any RC models over 55 pounds. This is also incorrect. Currently RC models over 55 pounds must undergo a safety check as required under the AMA Large Model Airplane program. (AMA Document 520-A.) This would remain unchanged. More later as we continue to digest things.

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For those who fly the now popular "Drones" or Quadcopters, as they are correctly called, here is the latest media info on them about the new regulations as imposed by the FAA. FAA releases proposed rules for commercial unmanned aircraft - San Jose Mercury News

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Note that these proposed regulations apply to commercial uses only. AMA's response to the Feb 15 FAA announcement can be seen here: DOT/FAA Announce proposed rule for sUAS | AMA Government Relations Blog I'm not surprised that AMA has been careful to distance itself somewhat from commercial vs. hobby activities which complies with Sec. 336 of Public Law 112-95 (Special Rule for Model Aircraft), including the stipulation that they be operated only for hobby or recreational purposes.€ Under the Community Based Organization approach to managing model aircraft that fit into the hobby category, it does not appear that we'll be regulated to an extent that differs from the AMA safety guidelines we've been using for years. When the dust settles I'd be surprised if the discrepancy between the AMA guideline for 400' altitude within 3 miles of an airport and the FAA 5 mile rule will be resolved. Neither situation would apply to the MMAA flying site.

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We are go for throttle up! Seriously folks, as it appears at this time, the regulations stipulate that we MMAA modelers are limited to 17,999 feet above ground level (AGL). Above that, one MUST be on an Instrument Flight Plan. No worries! Just keep looking out for those enemy aircraft!

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