Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) representatives recently went to Washington, D.C., to “advocate on behalf of [its] members for the protection and enhancement of the Special Rule for Model Aircraft,” according to an AMA government relations blog.
AMA explains that the Special Rule for Model Aircraft currently blocks the FAA from bringing forth regulations for model aircraft that are already operated safely in a community-based organization. However, the association says the FAA “is acting contrary to Congress’ intent” by regulating hobbyist unmanned aircraft operations, including the recent requirement for registration.
Calling the trip “very productive,” AMA says it spoke with lawmakers and the press, as well as offered “testimonials and data” on how the association’s community-based program has been working for many years. In addition, AMA says it “addressed concerns and formed allies” while in D.C.
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