The FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018 requires all flying sites within controlled airspace to have a letter of agreement (LOA) with air traffic control (ATC) facilities. AMA is working directly with the FAA to prioritize this work and ensure that you have the protections you need to continue to fly. However, we need some additional information to accomplish this.
Recently, emails have been sent to club officers to ensure correct completion of an FAA questionnaire to obtain the information needed for this LOA. Multiple submissions for the same flying site will delay the process of an LOA, so the email was sent only to club officers to coordinate this effort.
If your questionnaire is not submitted to AMA by Sunday, June 16, 2019, your flying site in controlled airspace my be impacted.
The FAA plans to have an airspace authorization system (LAANC) for recreational flights operational later this summer. Until then, the only path to fly legally in controlled airspace is at a flying site with an LOA in place. During this new LOA process, the FAA will honor any existing verbal or written agreement the club has with local ATC.
You can determine your airspace classification on the FAA’s UAS Data map.
Please contact us at (765) 287-1256 or amagov@modelaircraft with any questions. We appreciate your support and cooperation!
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