Government Relations  

The Academy of Model Aeronautics has a long and successful history in advocating for the flying privileges of the aeromodeling community. It is one of the top reasons why modelers join the AMA and renew their membership year after year. Congress has recently passed legislation intended to prevent model aviation from being swept up in the effort to enable the operation of commercial and public use unmanned aircraft and to protect the aeromodeler from overreaching and burdensome regulation.

While this was a positive step, the FAA has recently released an Interpretive Rule that in essences diminishes the protection provided by Congress in the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 and arguably negates the Special Rule. The Interpretive Rule has the potential of signficantly impacting the aeromodeling community and as such we need to be vigilant in responding to FAA's request for comments. It is also important to keep in mind that the FAA will likely release its Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for small Unmanned Aircraft Systems by the end of the year, 2014. Please visit these pages regularly for the latest developments. To contact the AMA Government Relations team, email .

Rich Hanson, AMA Government and Regulatory Affairs

AMA Answers Your Questions

On Tuesday, November 25 at 1pm EST AMA's Rich Hanson will answer your most commonly asked questions regarding sUAS and the FAA. If you have a questions you would like possibly addressed, email Rich at . We will compile all the questions and answer as many as we can from 1pm-2pm.

To view the live broadcast, please visit this page at 1pm on Tuesday, November 25. There is no need to preregister and no special software is needed to view the event.

After the broadcast, we will post the recorded video on this page. This will allow anyone who missed the broadcast or who may want to watch it again to see the program.

Thank you. We look forward to addressing your questions live, right here, on Tuesday.

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Rise of the Machines" ... Friend or Foe?

Rise of the Machines | Friend or Foe? – You be the Judge…

This 27 min video produced by Journeyman Pictures provides an excellent comprehensive look at the regulatory, ethical, moral and social issues surrounding the introduction of ‘Drone’ (UAS) technology into the US civil environment.

Please Note: The Academy of Model Aeronautics does not advocate, condone or endorse the operation of unmanned aircraft systems and/or model aircraft outside the constraints of federal regulation or FAA policy.

Rich Hanson
AMA Government and Regulatory Affairs