Proposed legislation making it illegal to fly model aircraft in Albany County, New York, is averted! The law would have banned all model aircraft from flying in Albany County including remote controlled airplanes and helicopters. Only government officials would be permitted use model aircraft if used to fulfill official duties. If a recreational hobbyist were to fly a model aircraft, he or she would be guilty of criminal violation. Depending on the violation, the pilot could be fined up to five thousand dollar ($5000) and/or up to one year in prison.
During the hearing on Tuesday, December 8, the AMA and AMA District II Vice President Eric Williams filled the courthouse with members who voiced their opposition to the proposed legislation. The courthouse room was standing room only and some modelers had to be redirected to a side room to watch the hearing on a closed circuit TV. Modelers traveled as far as 200 miles away.
Our voices were heard, thanks to all the modelers who helped! We really appreciate our members and clubs who participated in this legislative process.
We will continue to monitor legislation for Albany County and elsewhere. If there are pending regulations in your area, contact us at 1-800-435-9262 or comment below.