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Dear Members,

As you know, we have been working with our legal counsel and the FAA to find a solution for our members on the registration rule. To date, FAA has agreed in principle to several proposed initiatives that will help ease this process for our members. Specifically, they are:


  • AMA and the FAA are working to streamline the registration process for AMA members whereby those who register with the FAA will be able to use their AMA number as the primary identification on their model aircraft, as opposed to adding a new federal registration number.
  • In addition, AMA members' federal registration will automatically renew provided membership remains active and current. We are working with FAA in negotiating the renewal fee, but in any case it is envisioned the renewal process will be provided as a member benefit.
  • In the future, federal registration will automatically be accomplished upon joining the AMA, eliminating the need to register with both AMA and the FAA.


These initiatives are a step in the right direction. However, we want to emphasize that this is not the end of our efforts to protect AMA members from this overreaching regulation. We are continuing to explore all legal and political options available, but these conversations may take time and a definitive solution is unlikely before the February 19 registration deadline.

Currently, registration is free of charge until January 19. If you would like to take advantage of this free period, you may want to register before that day. But please note that you have until February 19 to register in order to avoid violating the federal rule.

We also want to encourage our members to submit comments to the FAA about the registration rule. It is critical that all AMA members are heard loud and clear on this issue. The deadline for submitting comments is Friday, January 15. Additional instruction is available here.

Thank you for your patience as we work to find the best path forward on registration. We are committed to doing everything possible to protect our hobby and ensure that future generations have the opportunity to fly.





MMAA President
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I tried to find the definition of a "Federal Rule" but really didn't find anything. I'm sure its different than a law since it hasn't been passed by legislative.

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
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I put in my comments to the FAA on their UAS comment forum. I hope it gets read.  O_o

Onward and Upward.
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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:


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Thermals---I need thermals!
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