Congress Releases Final Version of FAA Reauthorization Bill

On April 29, 2024, the House of Representatives and the Senate released a final version of the FAA’s Reauthorization Bill. Although not perfect, AMA is happy that we were able to address many of the challenges facing the hobby. Below is a summary of the bill:

  • Maintains the 400-foot altitude restriction but includes a process to request flights above 400 feet in Class G airspace
  • Requires that the FAA coordinate with Community-Based Organizations (CBOs) to develop and implement an approval process for operations in controlled airspace above the UAS facility map altitudes
  • Language included that specifically allows for above 400-foot operations at Class G sites with authorization from the Administrator
  • Better clarifies that Large Model Aircraft (LMA) operations are permitted at fixed sites in both controlled and uncontrolled airspace
  • Requires the FAA to prioritize the FAA-Recognized Identification Area (FRIA) review and adjudication processes
  • Allows for elementary, secondary, or institutions of higher education to all fly under recreational rules
  • Extends Know Before You Fly Campaign funding through 2028

Although we don’t expect any major issues, there are other portions of the bill that will impact the hobby. Because of the uncertainty, AMA will keep a close eye on the FAA’s interpretation and implementation of the following:

  • Explore if network Remote ID solutions can satisfy the existing Remote ID rule.
  • Develop the Airspace Modernization Office within the FAA to streamline Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) integration
  • The Administrator shall establish a process to approve and publicly disseminate fixed flying sites

It is expected that the House and Senate will pass this bill by May 10, 2024, and the President will sign the bill into law shortly afterward. AMA will provide regular updates on this process as things progress.

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