Government Relations Update, November 7, 2017

It’s been a busy fall for the AMA Government Relations team. We are writing to update you on some of our recent work at the federal, state and local level to advocate and protect our hobby.

Last week, the team spent time in Washington, D.C. discussing possible waivers with the FAA for AMA members during VIP Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFRs). After many months of effort, we’re close to an agreement on this issue, which would allow more AMA members to fly during presidential travel.

In addition, the team attended a launch event for the White House’s new UAS Integration Pilot Program on Thursday. AMA intends to participate in the pilot program. We will keep you updated on any developments related to this program, as we work to ensure hobbyists are safely integrated into these pilot programs.

We also continue to participate in the Drone Advisory Committee (DAC) meetings on the role of state and local governments in regulating UAS and the Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC) meetings on remote identification and tracking of UAS. Lastly, on the federal level, members of the team attended meetings on Capitol Hill to discuss registration and Section 336.

At the state and local level, we have been especially active in Kansas, helping various local communities resolve legislative issues. Specifically, we helped the Haysville City Council create an ordinance that would allow flight of drones and model aircraft on city-owned property, which was recently approved. The team also worked with local officials in Marion County and Liberal, Kansas to craft legislation to protect our longstanding hobby.

As always, thank you for your continued support. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out.

Kind Regards,
AMA Government Relations Team