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Comments Due on Proposed FAA UAS Rules that Could Impact Model Aviation

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Comments Due on Proposed FAA UAS Rules that Could Impact Model Aviation

For those of you who have not seen it, on February 23, the FAA published its proposed rules for regulating small unmanned aerial systems. Portions of those rules have the potential to directly impact our hobby. Below is a link to an AMA notice about the proposed rules and how to comment. Based on my experience with these things it is important to state exactly what you do not agree with and explain why. It is of no value at all to simply state you don't like something. The folks who review the comments are not counting votes. They must know specifically what and why. AMA has some suggested responses included in their notice. It is best if your comment letter is not a canned response obviously prepared by someone else and signed by you. However, that type of response is certainly preferable to no response. Please take a little time to comment. Here's the link to AMA's notice about this: http://view.exacttarget.com/?j=fe5011737d60037a7c10&m=fec815777563057a&ls=fdd015737562017b7414727761&l=fe8f1377766c047877&s=fe2917767567027b7c1772&jb=ffcf14&ju=fe24107673600674741374&r=0 If for some reason that does not work for you, I'm sure there is something posted on the AMA website. www.modelaircraft.org

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Comments Due on Proposed FAA UAS Rules that Could Impact Model Aviation

15 reviews and no replies. Well, I'll step up. This shouldn't be a worry. The AMA most definitely has befuddled the wording to make it absolutely unclear as to what the FAA is going to do. The problem is, even they do not know what they are going to do. Luckily, there are still some FAA employees that are modelers. Some of us started our aviation careers this way so there are still strong roots against the restriction of model aviation as we know it today. Until the heinous regulations have been imposed on this highly terrorist and unsafe activity, we love and enjoy, we should pursue it to the fullest extent. I have talked with the Denver FSDO (Flight Standards District Office), with an operations officer, who was also a model airplane enthusiast by the way and he said, "at this time, there are no restrictions in Class G, uncontrolled airspace the Centennial field is currently under, that we have to observe. We still have to have line of sight on the model and we MUST avoid other full scale aircraft. That's it. That means we can currently fly to the limits of our sight, avoiding other full size aircraft at our model field.

Onward and Upward.
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Comments Due on Proposed FAA UAS Rules that Could Impact Model Aviation

The actual proposed rules are online and they really are not that hard to read. Take a look for yourself. Trust me, from being a federal employee I know that the comments received on things like this are indeed read (every one of them), and considered. Obviously canned versions are put into one pile. With the negative press concerning drones and a public propensity to lump things like drones in with model aviation, they may also be sending in comment letters. Don't forget, we are a very small slice of the American population so don't be complacent. BTW on a recent NCIS Los Angeles program they featured an RC airplane delivering a bomb, called it a drone. This was a fixed wing airplane not a quad copter. Also don't forget the stupid ass stuff people post on Youtube that most likely sways the uninitiated in a way that isn't in our favor. Be glad that we have our community based organization, AMA, to help protect our hobby.

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Comments Due on Proposed FAA UAS Rules that Could Impact Model Aviation

I just looked up the faa proposal for exact wording and found a section called Summary of major provisions of proposed part 103. Under this list is model aircraft. It says model aircraft which follows public law 112-95 are exempt from the proposed part 107. From what I can see the only way the new faa proposal can effect us is in the R&D of model plane manufacturers. If I understand correctly it should not effect AMA flying , fields or competitions at all. I may be missing something somewhere and If so someone please let me know. This is just what I have found so far.
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