Last week was another busy week for AMA in Washington, D.C., where the government affairs team has held multiple meetings with members of Congress and other industry stakeholders to discuss FAA reauthorization and other issues. We’ve met with the National Aeronautic Association, National League of Cities, the National Association of Realtors and a subcommittee of the Drone Advisory Committee, among others.
We continue to urge policymakers and their staff to strengthen and protect the Special Rule for Model Aircraft (Section 336), which allows hobbyists to fly within the safety programming of a community-based organization (CBO) such as AMA. We’ve also emphasized the important role that CBOs play in managing the recreational community and ensuring the safety of the skies.
AMA president Rich Hanson recently authored an op-ed in The Hill about the importance of the Special Rule for Model Aircraft, which provides a good overview of the messages we’re advancing on Capitol Hill. If you missed Rich’s op-ed, you can read it here.
Things are starting to move quickly around FAA reauthorization and there’s always the possibility that we may need your help to weigh in with your members of Congress. Please continue to monitor your email, AMA’s Facebook and Twitter, as well as modelaircraft.org for updates.