New Association Forms with Goal of Protecting Model Aviation Hobby

A number of companies in what they call the first-person-view (FPV) industry have formed the FPV Trade Association (FPVTA), a group with the goal of protecting the hobby of model aviation.

The FPVTA's formation stems from the recent Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Notice of Interpretation of Public Law 112-95 (Section 336), which threatens to restrict or even prohibit FPV operation of model aircraft, the group says.

“FPV is an aspect of the model aviation hobby that has been around for a decade and is increasingly popular among our members,” says Bob Brown, president of the Academy of Model Aeronautics. “The AMA is committed to the safe operation of FPV as a part of our great hobby, and we look forward to working with the FPVTA as an affiliate to ensure that FPV operations can continue to be enjoyed in the United States, free of unnecessary regulation.”

FPVTA member companies include retailers, as well as technology, media and service companies that support the FPV hobby.

The group is represented by attorney Brendan Schulman of Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP, who successfully won dismissal of the first attempted regulatory penalty sought against a model aircraft operator, and who also represents Texas EquuSearch in its dispute over the use of model aircraft for volunteer search-and-rescue purposes.

The FPVTA says it hopes it can work cooperatively with the FAA ands will explore all legal avenues to challenge the agency’s attempt to rewrite the 2012 statute.


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