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I think its bad that the an individual decided to finally sure the FAA before the AMA. I'm glad my dues are going to good use…..
FAA Sued In Federal Court Over Drone Registration Rules
As I understand it, a federal rule used in this sense is meant to codify legislation. In essence, an agency attempts to take all the laws under which they operate and write regulations that are contained in a CFR (code of federal regulations). The intent of those regulations/rules is to make it clear how the agency will conduct itself in order to obey the law. I think CFR 14 contains the rules and regulations that the FAA must follow during all its operations. Title 14 may not be the only CFR that outlines the operational responsibilities of the FAA.
As for AMA suing the government over the proposed rule on drones; at the very least it would be very bad form for AMA to take that path. As a member of the group of agencies and other entities working to create a draft rule, filing suit would have placed AMA in an adversarial position and totally undermined any potential for AMA to be effective as a member of the committee. My memory on this is a little foggy, but it may also be illegal for a member of such a committee to file suit over the very rule they are trying to help create.
I believe that AMA was in fact doing exactly what we should want them to do in order to protect our interests. The dust has not settled yet, and AMA may still manage to gain the concessions outlined in the AMA announcement shown above. It was always highly unlikely that they would come away with everything they (we) would like to see. This effort to gain some control over UAS is not unique to the United States, nor is it unique for a community based organization like AMA to work with their national government. Unfortunately, as we try to cram more and more people and an increasing number of activities into the same space, constraints or limits on what is acceptable or legal are inevitable. BTW: In Canada Certain UAVs are required to obtain a Special Flight Operations Certificate, and their airspace is probably much less crowded than ours. Those model aircraft used for recreation may weigh up to 35 kilograms (77 pounds), but they are limited to 90 meters (295 feet). The latter may only be a recommendation. Recreational model aircraft are exempt from the requirement to obtain a Special Flight Operations Certificate. See: http://www.tc.gc.ca/eng/civilaviation/standards/general-recavi-uav-2265.htm?WT.mc_id=21zwi
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