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 is a positive step, we need to remain vigilant on the issue, knowing that the FAA will likely release its Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for small Unmanned Aircraft Systems by the end of the year, 2013. Please visit these pages regularly for the latest developments. To contact the AMA Government Relations team, email .

Rich Hanson, AMA Government and Regulatory Affairs

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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