Month: February 2011

“Freedom of Flight” Inspirational AMA Member Letter

I would like to thank everyone for the rapid-fire response we’ve seen to our recent Congressional Awareness Campaign. So far we have had over 27,000 individual letters sent to Congress… But don’t stop now. My hope is that each and every modeler and aviation enthusiast with a love for the “Freedom of Flight” will respond to this call to action.

To put it in perspective, I would like to share with you a recent letter received from Ali R. Moshiri, and AMA member. This letter touched my heart and Ali expressed better than I can why our efforts are so important.

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Congressional Awareness Campaign Initiated

On February 17, the US Senate passed S. 223, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Air Transportation Modernization and Safety Improvement Act, sponsored by Senator Jay Rockefeller of West Virginia. Additional help in shepherding the bill came from Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison of Texas, and Senator James Inhofe of Oklahoma was instrumental in including an amendment to the Bill that provides an exemption for aeromodeling activity “conducted in accordance with a community-based set of safety guidelines within the programming of a nationwide community-based organization.” We would like to express our sincere gratitude and appreciation to Senators Rockefeller, Inhofe and Hutchison for their support and efforts on our behalf.

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Tell Congress To Protect Model Aviation

The FAA is developing new regulations that may place onerous and unnecessary restrictions on the hobby, sport and educational pursuit of model aviation. It is extremely important that all aeromodeling enthusiasts stand up and tell Congress to protect model aviation from pending federal regulation by the FAA. Therefore, we have developed a simple, direct way to reach your lawmakers in only a couple clicks. You can begin HERE or by clicking on the ACT NOW button at the bottom of modelaircraft.org/gov page and then CONTACT CONGRESS.

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AMA Works to Amend Reauthorization Bill Providing Relief for Model Aviation from sUAS Rules

Senator James Inhofe, OK, successfully sponsored S.223 in the Senate yesterday with an amendment specifying a “Special Rule For Model Aircraft” that provides an exemption from regulation for model aircraft. Read the latest press release found in our Articles section under the LEARN button at the bottom of the page. We also encourage you to show your support to Senator Inhofe by emailing him directly here on his webform.

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