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Take Action Now! Tell Congress to Vote “NO” on FAA Reauthorization

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From the AMA

Congress just released a new Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reauthorization bill, the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018. This bill is the result of closed-door negotiations between the leadership of the House and Senate and includes significant modifications to the Special Rule for Model Aircraft, also known as Section 336. While some of the changes are positive and include provisions that AMA has championed, overall the bill is problematic. On the whole, it will put even more restrictions on our community in the coming months and years.

Given these additional, burdensome restrictions, we are asking AMA members to contact their members of Congress to express opposition to the bill.

As written, this bill puts our community under the authority of the FAA, which means the agency can, at any time, impose additional regulations on model aircraft. In addition, the bill specifically imposes a 400’ altitude limit on model aircraft operating within the programming of a community-based organization (CBO), which could potentially curtail long-standing AMA competitions and events that support local charities and non-profits. These and other changes will make it even more difficult to fly and will stifle the broader benefits of model aviation to STEM education and the broader aviation community.

Vote No on the FAA Reauthorization (3 min 1 sec)

Through AMA’s persistence and advocacy, there are some helpful elements included in this bill. There are provisions that clear up the previous ambiguity for those flying first-person view (FPV), allowing FPV under the guidelines of a community-based organization (CBO). It would also allow the FAA to designate CBOs and provides a clear definition of a CBO. Lastly, there is no explicit requirement for remote identification and tracking in this bill. It is important for you to know that this bill has not yet been voted into law. This is a critical moment and Congress needs to hear from our members on the harm this bill would do to our safe, long-standing hobby.

Please make your voice heard by contacting your elected representatives today.

Regardless of the outcome of the reauthorization process, AMA will continue to work with Congress and the FAA to fight for relief from onerous regulations for our members.

Thank you, AMA Government Relations

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Done! That was pretty easy with it being Auto Filled. For those hesitant, All you do is click on the link. Enter your info so it can send the letter to the correct congressmen in your zip, You have the option to add information to the auto-filled letter.
I added info about the restrictions making it harder for our youth to be inspired by aviation, costs are going up, restrictions are burdensome and becoming over regulated.
To remind congress that the need for these rulings started with un-educated FPV drone activities (The problem is lack of education - creating a hidden over-regulated bill to those who are unaware does not support or help a growing industry) not line of sight model aviation at whole and knowing so, the bill should at least be refined to include such language that will not hinder model aircraft line of sight.
Then it prompts you to a list of phone numbers for each congressmen for you to call and gives you a few bullet points to hit. VERY informative and easy!!!


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Unfortunately, I don't think anyone is voting no on a $1.5B spending bill..that also includes funding for Florence disaster relief.
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