MUNCIE, Ind. – Dave Mathewson, executive director of the Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA), today released the following statement that the organization is joining the U.S. Department of Transportation’s task force to develop a streamlined registration process for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS):
“AMA looks forward to working with government and private sector stakeholders on a process for UAS registration. The term UAS has been applied to a broad range of platforms from toys with limited capabilities to large, sophisticated systems that weigh hundreds of pounds. Registration of UAS that meet an appropriate threshold of weight, capability and other safety-related characteristics makes sense, but it should not become a prohibitive burden for recreational users who fly for fun and educational purposes and who have operated harmoniously within our communities for decades.
“The Academy has long used a similar system with its more than 180,000 members. AMA’s safety program instructs all members to place his or her AMA number or name and address on or within their model aircraft, ensuring operator accountability and promoting safety within the model aviation community. AMA’s nearly eighty years of experience demonstrates that a voluntary, community-based approach is the best and most effective way to manage recreational flyers.
“At the same time, education is essential for promoting safety to the legions of new flyers taking to the skies. That’s why AMA has been working closely with the FAA and the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) on the Know Before You Fly campaign. Education programs like these will help ensure the safety of our airspace for all.”
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