The leadership of the AMA has
continued to stand up for our
hobby by attending several events
focusing on the advances in
technology involving Unmanned
Aerial Systems (UAS).
In June 2015, AMA President
Bob Brown was invited to
attend a meeting at the Google
Headquarters in San Francisco.
This gathering brought together
industry leaders and regulators
for preliminary discussion and
collaboration of low-altitude
airspace management for UAS.
In July 2015, Rich Hanson
represented AMA at the NASA
UAS Traffic Management
Convention at the NASA Ames
Research Center at Moffett
Field, California. These are two
examples of AMA’s involvement
in providing experience and
expertise about the UAS industry.
Because of the substantial rise in
media inquiries regarding UAS and
new technology, AMA has hired a
public relations firm to increase the
number of positive stories of UAS
and model flying in the media. The
public relations firm is extremely
proactive about issues regarding
UAS technology and AMA’s
involvement within this growing
segment of the hobby.
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FAA begins its internal rule
development and review process,
AMA letter-writing campaign
September 12, 2012
Inaugural meeting held between
AMA as a community-based
organization (CBO) and the UAS
Integration Office management.
The Association for Unmanned
Vehicle Systems International Expo
in Orlando FL, CBO, and enactment
process for Public Law 112-95 FAA
Latest sUAS NPRM’s
expected release date.
Initial target date for
release of sUAS NPRM.
The FAA published its NPRM
for small UAS. (April 2015, AMA
members submitted more than
3,000 comments in response to
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 (ongoing).
AMA formed its Model Aviation
Standards Development Workgroup,
meeting for several hours weekly.
FAA pushes back its
sUAS Notice of Proposed
Rulemaking (NPRM) to
Formal request submitted to the
FAA to be recognized as a CBO.
Meetings with FAA senior
management on CBO recognition,
enactment of Public Law 112-95, and
FAA’s interpretive rule.
The FAA grants comment
extension at the request of AMA.
AMA partners with AUVSI and Small
UAV Coalition to develop safety
campaign for sUAS, Know Before You
Congressional deadline for
implementation of sUAS rules.
Representing AMA and
the rights of aeromodelers
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.