FAA Listens to AMA, Grants Comment Extension

Posted by Betsy Lillian on July 25, 2014 No Comments
Categories : Policy & Regulations

At the request of the Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA), the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has granted a 60-day extension for the public comment period for the FAA’s Interpretation of the Special Rule for Model Aircraft, established by Congress as part of the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012.

The FAA agrees that additional time for the submission of comments would be helpful, and the 60-day extension establishes the new deadline for comments as Sept. 23.

In the United States Department of Transportation/FAA notice published in the Federal Register on July 25, the FAA noted the following:

“On July 16, 2014, the Academy of Model Aeronautics submitted a request to extend the comment period by 60 days, citing the need to ‘educate the aeromodeling community, clarify the issues, and respond to questions regarding the impact that the interpretive rule has on various aspects of the modeling activity’ … The FAA expects that the additional time for comments will allow the affected community to prepare meaningful comments which will help the FAA to determine what clarifications to the interpretation may be necessary.”

The Academy of Model Aeronautics says it will continue to encourage its membership, partnering organizations and the aeromodeling media to comment on the interpretation.

Several items outlined in the interpretation could significantly impact the entire aeromodeling community, and the AMA says it is resolutely committed to protecting the hobby.

In June, the organization expressed its discontentment with the agency.

“AMA cannot support this rule,” said Dave Mathewson, AMA’s executive director.

“It is, at best, ill-conceived and, at worst, intentionally punitive and retaliatory. The Academy strongly requests the FAA reconsider this action. The AMA will pursue all available recourse to dissuade enactment of this rule.”

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