Date: March 6, 2013
Contact: Rich Hanson
Members of the Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA), the world’s largest recreational model aviation association with headquarters in Muncie, Indiana, expressed concern over the report by an Alitalia pilot of a drone sighting over Long Island while on approach to JFK International Airport. According to reports, the pilot stated that he observed a multi rotor drone hovering at 1,500 feet, 4 or 5 miles southeast of the airport.
“Although there is no reason to conclude that an AMA member, or even a recreational hobby enthusiast, was involved, AMA is working to assist in identifying the operator of the unmanned aircraft system (UAS),” said AMA president Bob Brown.
AMA members operate under strict safety guidelines that have served as the standard for model aviation safety for more than 75 years. Through AMA’s safety programming, common sense, and a responsible approach to model aircraft operations, the aeromodeling community has achieved a superior safety record, one that meets or exceeds that of any other form of aviation.
AMA standards require that model aircraft not interfere with and remain well clear of manned aircraft and prohibit members from acting in a careless or reckless manner that would endanger the life or property of others. Hovering, from what all indications appears to be, a larger domestic UAS near the approach path to one of the country’s busiest airports is neither safe nor responsible, is a clear violation of AMA’s safety programming, and AMA does not condone the actions of the person or people involved.
For more information, contact Rich Hanson, AMA’s Government and Regulatory Affairs Representative at email@example.com or call (888) 899-3548.
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