11 Model Aviation DECEMBER 2015
<< April 2009 FAA began its internal rule development
and review process, still ongoing.
<< May 2009 AMA formed its Model Aviation Standards
Development Workgroup, meeting weekly for several
<< February 2011 AMA letter-writing campaign
commenced, achieving 90,000 responses.
<< June 2011 FAA pushed back its sUAS Notice of
Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to December 2011.
<< July 2011 Initial target date for release of sUAS NPRM.
<< September 12, 2012 Inaugural meeting held
between AMA as a community-based organization and
the UAS Integration Office management.
<< January 2013 Formal request submitted to the FAA to
be recognized as a community-based organization.
<< May 2014 At the Association for Unmanned Vehicle
Systems International (AUVSI) Expo in Orlando, Florida,
discussion on the enactment process for Public Law 112-
95 FAA took place.
<< July 2014 Meetings with FAA senior management on
community-based organization recognition, enactment
of Public Law 112-95, and FAA’s interpretive rule.
<< August 2014 The FAA granted comment extension at
the request of AMA.
<< August 2014 Filed a petition with the Federal Court
to review the FAA Interpretive Rule (currently being held
in abeyance). AMA members submitted approximately
33,000 comments to the FAA regarding the interpretation
of the Special Rule for Model Aircraft.
<< November 2014 Latest sUAS NPRM’s expected
<< December 2014 AMA partnered with AUVSI and the
Small UAV Coalition to develop a safety campaign for
sUAS, Know Before You Fly, www.knowbeforeyoufly.org.
<< February 2015 The FAA published its NPRM for
sUAS. (April 2015, AMA members submitted more than
3,000 comments in response to proposed rules.)
<< September 2015 Congressional deadline for
implementation of sUAS rules.
<< September 2015 Congressional Reauthorization
Bill passed in February 2012 granting “special provision”
to protect aeromodeling, set to expire. AMA leaders
submitted suggested text for revision in March 2015
<< October 2015 AMA joins the Department of
Transportation task force on UAS registration.
AMA joins DOT
task force on UAS
No matter when you joined AMA, we hope it has been and will continue to be apparent that advocating on your behalf is one of AMA’s principal concerns. AMA has
worked zealously to ensure that we are part of the conversation
with matters involving any type of regulation of sUAS. Our
members have helped us by submitting comments to congress
and legislative leaders, following and adhering to AMA’s
safety guidelines, and by continuing to provide training and a
community to those interested in flying safely and responsibly.
As you might be aware, in a press conference on Monday
October 19, 2015, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT)
announced its intent to require registration for certain sUAS.
AMA was asked to join the task force developed to provide
recommendations for registration requirements and processing.
AMA’s Government and Regulatory Affairs Director Rich
Hanson will represent the AMA in this effort. His standing was
clear throughout the meetings—AMA agrees that registration
might be appropriate at some level; however, before the process
can be established, AMA believes that a threshold must be
identified that will appropriately determine which platforms and
what aircraft with what capabilities will require registration and
which ones will not.
AMA will provide its members with a summary of the
meetings in upcoming issues of AMA Today and AMA Air
when the task force has completed its work. November 20,
2015, is the established deadline for the task force to submit its
AMA believes that traditional model aircraft, as well as the
“toy-type” drones with minimal capability should and will fall
below the threshold and not be subject to the registration process.
AMA has been clear in its position that any required registration
process “should not become a prohibitive burden for recreational
users who fly for fun and educational purposes and who have
operated harmoniously within our communities for decades.”
AMA will not support any proposal that calls for the
registration of any sUAS that falls below an established threshold
and is resolute in its position that all forms of traditional model
aircraft must remain exempt from the registration process.
The timetable at the right provides a summary of the
actions related to sUAS rulemaking and AMA’s actions. For
additional information, visit www.modelaircraft.org/gov. If
you are interested in assisting the AMA with these efforts, visit
amafoundation.modelaircraft.org/donate to make a contribution
to the cause.