April 16, 2018
AMA club leaders,
of you have probably read our recent letter to AMA members, requesting help
to protect the Special Rule for Model Aircraft (Section 336). We are
requesting our clubs' assistance to reach as many model aircraft
enthusiasts as possible and amplify our message.
has begun drafting language to address Section 336. During this
process, some are asking for the repeal of Section 336 – which has allowed
AMA to manage our members and fly safely and responsibly, as we have for
over 80 years. Losing the Special Rule would be an enormous burden for our
are currently two paths to fly legally in the U.S. – either under Section
336 or under the FAA's Small UAS Rule (Part 107). If Section 336 is
repealed, everyone will have to take an in person test, pay for a remote
pilot's certificate, and fly under Part 107 rules. Under Part 107, an
individual must be at least 16 years of age to obtain the remote pilot's
certificate, so this path leaves AMA's 50,000 youth members unable to fly.
is a critical moment to let your elected representatives know the
importance of Section 336 to education, innovation, and hobbyists. You can
help by doing the following:
AMA's Facebook and Twitter posts to contact their
this email (or the original email request) to your club member list, in
case our membership records do not contain a person's most current email
address or as a reminder to those that have not yet contacted their
this campaign at the flying site and during your next meeting to your
members that may not utilize email or social media.
everyone to click here to send a letter to your elected representatives in
support of the Special Rule for Model Aircraft. In addition to sending a letter,
you will also have an opportunity to call your representatives. We
encourage everyone to take the time for this as well.
need your help to demonstrate the value of the Special Rule for Model
Aircraft for our community and future generations of hobbyists. We
appreciate your assistance in protecting Section 336 and promoting the safe
integration of model aircraft into the national airspace system.
AMA Government Affairs