Government Relations Update July 14, 2017


The AMA Government Relations team continues our work in Washington, D.C. and elsewhere representing the model aviation community.

Last week, our Director of Government Relations, Chad Budreau, participated in a two-day Unmanned Aircraft Safety Team (UAST) meeting with other industry stakeholders and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). This discussion brought together stakeholders and leaders from across the industry to help ensure the safe operation of UAS in the nation’s airspace.

Additionally, AMA President Rich Hanson spoke at the National Aeronautic Association’s (NAA) July Luncheon on Monday, where he shared AMA’s perspective on the history and importance of the model aircraft in today’s aviation world. The same day, Rich also met with the FAA legal team to discuss ways we can work together on the Special Rule for Model Aircraft in FAA reauthorization legislation.

On Monday and Tuesday, Chad participated in a two-day Drone Advisory Committee’s (DAC) Task Group meeting to address state and local regulations on our hobby and the UAS industry.

Lastly, AMA continues our work this week with both the House and Senate to shape FAA Reauthorization which includes the Special Rule For Model Aircraft. We anticipate Congress will finalize the next step of this legislative process soon. You can track this process on a chart below at  Below is a video from a previous live webcast as we discuss the bills from the House and Senate and answer member questions.

As always, we are committed to updating members on AMA’s government relations efforts as frequently as possible. The most up to date information is available on our website and we encourage you to reach out with any questions.