On June 23, 2014, the Federal Aviation Administration published an Interpretive Rule that establishes the agency’s interpretation of the Special Rule for Model Aircraft provided by Congress as part of the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012. This interpretation significantly alters the congressional intent of the Special Rule that was designed to protect model aircraft from onerous regulation, and it dramatically impacts the aeromodeling community by establishing new criteria and operating standards that model airplanes have never been subject to in the past.
AMA believes that the Interpretive Rule is contrary to Congress’ stated prohibition from creating ANY new rule or regulation regarding model aircraft. And, by creating new standards and operating criteria, the Rule is effectively a legislative rule and is not in compliance with the rulemaking procedures mandated by Congress in the Administrative Procedure Act.
To date thousands of AMA members, concerned modelers and members of the aeromodeling community have submitted comments to the Interpretive Rule, and we thank you for making your views known and for participating in this important process.
For those that have not yet commented, the deadline for doing so is rapidly approaching. If you’re still undecided as to whether or not you should make comment, consider asking yourself the following:
• Are you a modeling enthusiast?
• Do you enjoy flying First Person View?
• Are you a sponsored pilot, fly in competitive events, or enjoy watching companies demonstrate product?
• Do you fly within 5 miles of one of the more than 17,000 airports in the US?
• Does your club manage its own flying site in a safe and responsible manner?
• Do you or your club fly in “controlled airspace”?
• Do you know every rule and regulation pertaining to the National Airspace System?
This is a complex issue and many of our members have asked that we provide a simplified explanation, and suggested comments to the Interpretive Rule. Click the link below to find a simplified explanation as to just what this rule means to the average modeler. Also included are AMA’s viewpoints and an explanation of the commenting process.
The administrative rulemaking notice and comment process is the means by which the FAA can address these concerns and make any definitive changes to the rule. Your comments need to be detailed, meaningful and constructive.
We are asking all of our members and everyone who has an interest in the future of model aviation to participate in this process.Go here to read the simplified explanation of the Interpretive Rule and to follow the guide to submitting your comments.