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Mark Udall's return letter

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Mark Udall's return letter

Here is a copy of Mark Udall's return letter on the discussion of the new FAA regulations concerning Model Aviation. Randy[br]File: dear_randolph.pdf

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Mark Udall's return letter

"should they meet certain weight requirements" What are the requirements?
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Mark Udall's return letter

I got one too. Identical, even though my letter to him was not the canned one.

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Mark Udall's return letter

Dear Randolph: Thank you for contacting me to express your concerns regarding model aviation. I appreciate hearing from you. As you mention in your letter, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is considering new rules and regulations for small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS). The FAA is taking action as the use of sUAS continues to grow in the commercial sector. Different industries are discovering new uses for this technology, which is increasing the amount of air traffic in the national airspace system. The FAA has a responsibility to carefully manage these aircraft to ensure the safety of both piloted and unmanned aircraft. Hundreds of Coloradans contacted my office to inform me of their concerns about how these new rules could affect model aviation enthusiasts. These Coloradans enjoy flying their model planes as a recreational activity with their families and friends. As a result of the letters and phone calls I received, I wrote a letter to FAA Administrator J. Randolph Babbitt asking him to take special consideration of how these new rules may hinder the ability of enthusiasts like you to continue enjoying this pastime. You can view a copy of the letter I sent at http://bennet.senate.gov/download/?id=1d3c38d2-2978-4117-aeba-4e57d51b0d5a. The federal government must be careful when drafting new rules and regulations to ensure that they do not create unnecessary red tape or impose unintended consequences on Americans. Rest assured that I will be closely monitoring the FAA‚€™s work on this issue in the coming months. I value the input of fellow Coloradans in considering the wide variety of important issues and legislative initiatives that come before the Senate. I hope you will continue to inform me of your thoughts and concerns. For more information about my priorities as a U.S. Senator, I invite you to visit my website at Michael Bennet | U.S. Senator for Colorado. Again, thank you for contacting me. Sincerely, Michael Bennet United States Senator Please do not respond to this email. To send another message please visit my website at Michael Bennet | U.S. Senator for Colorado and fill out the webform for a prompt response. Thank you.

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Yeah, it seems they don't have "time" for "Real" people. I guess I should be surprised I got a response at all. I couldn't even copy the letter, The software they used wouldn't allow it. Brenda had to fiddle with it for a while. Not very encouraging, to say the least. Randy

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I received that Bennet email as well. The letter he linked is a PDF. Seems like he has done more than most by directly contacting the FAA. BTW, Congress passed their version of the FAA bill, but theirs did not have the amendment that exempts model aircraft, so now it goes back for reconcilement between the senate and congress.
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It will be interesting to see how it turns out.

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There is a good review in this month's MA. Basically the amendment passed in the Senate bill but not the House bill. Both are in conference now but there seems to be support to exempt modlers from the new regs.
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