AMA, FAA to Work Together on Operation of Model Aircraft

The Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) have entered into an agreement establishing the platform upon which the AMA and FAA will jointly work to ensure the continued safe operation of model aircraft in the national airspace system.

Under this agreement, the AMA says it will serve as a focal point for the aero-modeling community, hobby industry and FAA to communicate relevant and timely safety information.

The AMA notes that it will continue to maintain its comprehensive safety program for its members and will work to foster a positive and cooperative environment with the aero-modeling community toward the FAA and any applicable regulations.

‘The execution of this document puts the Federal Aviation Administration one step closer to fully enacting the Special Rule for Model Aircraft established as part of the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012,’ comments AMA Executive Director Dave Mathewson.

‘Still to be realized is FAA's formal recognition of the AMA as a community-based organization as described by Congress and the agency's acknowledgment of AMA's safety program as a means of substantiating the safety guidelines and overseeing the operation of recreational unmanned aircraft,’ he adds.


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