AMA Member Call to Action
Dear AMA members,
The U.S. Senate is
currently considering amendments to the Federal Aviation
Administration (FAA) Reauthorization Act of 2016. We need your help
today to ensure this proposed legislation fully protects the model
here now to urge your Senators to support Senator Inhofe's amendment
number 3596 to the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2016.
As you know, we are
pleased that the Senate's proposed legislation preserves a
community-based approach to managing the recreational community by
maintaining the Special Rule for Model Aircraft. However, at the
same time, we are concerned with additional provisions in this bill
that could detrimentally impact our community.
These new provisions
would require all UAS, including model aircraft, to meet new FAA
design and production standards and impose unnecessary regulation
on hobbyists who often build their own models at home. The bill
also requires modelers to obtain permission from air traffic
control when flying within 5 miles of towered airports which could
jeopardize hundreds of existing flying sites. And if passed, the
bill would require model aircraft enthusiasts to take an online FAA
safety test and carry proof of passing the test when flying. These
new directives would undermine the model aircraft activity and
detract from the creativity, innovation and enjoyment of the hobby.
By supporting Senator
Inhofe's amendment number 3596, you can help stop this from
happening. This critical amendment would maintain the basic intent
of the Senate's proposed legislation, while lessening the negative
impact on the model aircraft community.
As always, thank you for
your support of AMA and your efforts to protect our community.
AMA Government Affairs