January 27 and 28, a dozen AMA members, staffers, and executive councilmen descended upon DC. The visit granted the AMA the opportunity to meet directly with members of Congress and their staff to advocate on behalf of our members for the protection and enhancement of the Special Rule for Model Aircraft.
Currently the Special Rule for Model Aircraft prohibits the FAA from promulgating regulations regarding model aircraft flown within the safety programming of a community-based organization, like the AMA. We believe the FAA is acting contrary to Congress’ intent by continuing to apply manned aircraft regulations to our hobby, most recently through UAS registration. Therefore we’ve suggested changes to Section 336 that would clarify and build upon the protections in the Special Rule. We also discussed with Congress changes that would clarify the protections afforded other applications such as the use of model aircraft as an educational tool and in teaching STEM curriculm.
The advocacy trip included more than just talks with Legislators. The AMA also hosted a press junket with the likes of Reuters, Washington Post, Bloomberg, Popular Science, Politico, and more. The AMA shared testimonials and data that demonstrates how AMA’s community-based model has successfully kept our our airspace safe for decades.
The visit was very productive as AMA addressed concerns and formed allies. As we continue to work toward strengthening, enhancing and protecting the Special Rule for Model Aircraft we will need your help. Please continue to visit www.modelaircraft.org/gov, visit our social media, and check your emails for updates.