There are still many questions to be answered in the coming days and weeks with the passage of the FAA Modernization and Reform Act. Here is a question and answer that will be added to the FAQ section of this blog.
Q. Now that Congress has enacted a provision to protect model aviation from regulation in the FAA Modernization and Reform Act, what does this mean in terms of the proposed sUAS rule and FAA’s intent to regulate model aircraft?
A. To be honest… At this point we really don’t know.This is truly uncharted waters; however, it is clear that this Act expresses Congress’ view that aeromodeling is a relatively harmless activity and recognition of the level of safety the community has achieved over the past 75 years through voluntary compliance with a community-based set of safety guidelines. In the weeks to come AMA will be working with the congressional leadership and the FAA administration in an effort to clarify the congressional intent and develop a viable means of enacting this legislative provision. AMA will continue to update its members as additional information becomes available.
Check back frequently for additional answers.