Govenment Affairs- Questions?, Comments, Town activities? let us know please.

  • 11 Jun 2017 4:39 PM
    Reply # 4891984 on 4655346
    Daren (Administrator)

    For those who didn't notice on the Home page video banner, here is an interview with Chad Budreau from AMA Public Relations and Gov't Affairs.  He discussed the current state of the industry and some of our challenges.  http://www.amadistrict-i.org/VIDEO3


    Your District 1 Officer Team

  • 20 May 2017 7:34 AM
    Reply # 4843341 on 4655346
    Daren (Administrator)

    Great news from AMA Govt Affairs Dept. 



    "Dear members,


    As you've probably heard by now, a federal appeals court today struck down the FAA's registration requirement for recreational model aircraft. 


    Today's Court ruling is effective immediately. As such, if you have not registered with the FAA, you are no longer required under the law to do so. For those of you who have already registered with the FAA, you may be wondering what this means for you. We are currently working to obtain answers from the FAA and will share more information as it becomes available.


    Please keep in mind that this is a fluid situation and there is always the possibility of a renewed push in Congress to compel federal registration for model aircraft. If that happens, rest assured that AMA will continue to advocate for your interests and keep you well informed every step of the way. We have repeatedly argued that federal registration for our community is duplicative and unnecessary, as our members already register their model aircraft with AMA. In addition, our 80-year history of safe and responsible flying demonstrates that we're not the problem. We shouldn't be burdened by overly broad regulations.


    Today's ruling also bodes well for our pending court challenge to the FAA's interpretation of the Special Rule for Model Aircraft (also known as the Interpretative Rule). That petition, which AMA filed in 2014, is currently before the same Court that today rejected the FAA's registration rule and affirmed the strength of the Special Rule for Model Aircraft, otherwise known as Section 336. This gives us hope for our continued fight against the Interpretive Rule.


    We understand that these policy and legal developments are sometimes dizzying and complicated, and they are rarely resolved quickly. We're nearly three years into our challenge to the Interpretive Rule, for example. We truly appreciate your sticking with us while we press on in the fight to protect your right to fly, free from unnecessary and burdensome restrictions. 


    Sincerely,

    AMA Government Affairs"


  • 09 Apr 2017 2:30 PM
    Reply # 4738371 on 4655346
    Daren (Administrator)
    http://www.amadistrict-i.org/97


    Recent email from FAA re: Notam for military base sensitive areas.  I exchanged emails with Chad Budreau at Govt. Affairs and it appears this is for areas within military bases that house sensitive infrastructure; Fuel, Munitions, Nuclear waste, etc.  AMA is checking into the effect on any chartered clubs on bases.  District 1, according to the FAA map does not have any areas of concern to modelers.


    For more information refer to the AMA Govt Affairs Blog.

  • 07 Apr 2017 5:39 PM
    Reply # 4735479 on 4655346

    Thanks Daren, I will pass this information on to Mike incase he misses it.

  • 07 Apr 2017 7:28 AM
    Reply # 4721456 on 4655346
    Daren (Administrator)

    While attending a meeting for the RC Aces in N. Hampton this week a good question was asked by a member.


    "Where can I and more importantly where am I not suppose to fly my Mavic Pro in the White Mt. National Forest or along the Appalachian Mountain Trail system?" 


    I have checked on "B4UFly" which is an FAA app and on our own interactive search "Map" from this site. I found no restriction but am reaching out to Chad Budreau at AMA Govt Affairs, D1 VP Andy Argenio and D1 Technical/ Safety Officer John Yassemedis for follow up. 


    Useful link https://www.fs.fed.us/science-technology/fire/unmanned-aircraft-systems/responsible-use


    Here's the follow up:

    Quote from AMA Govt Affairs representative, Chad Budreau


    "This is a complicated question... 

    BLM (Bureau of Land Management) and National Forests are more relaxed in their UAS policies than National Parks and National Monuments.  Hobbyists can fly on BLM and National Forest by following AMA and FAA rules and obviously not harassing bystanders or wildlife and avoiding wildfires.  The National Forest has created a work group to determine more formalized policies, but at this time there are no universal rules.  

     

    While a hobbyist may be able to fly at a National Forest, it is very unlikely a hobbyists will have access to a National Park or Monument anytime soon.  All requests to fly have to be vetted and approved in DC by the NPS Administration.  At this time they are only allowing a very few select commercial operators to fly.

     

    The Appalachian Trail is a little tricky as certain sections are managed by the National Park, various local governments, volunteer associations, and the National Forests.  Sections managed by the National Park will not permit UAS activities.  Sections managed by the National Forest may be more cooperative such as the White Mountain stretch. 

     Best,

    Chad"


    Here's a Best Practice  we recommend when you are flying anywhere. 


    Introduce yourself to any spectators and check for objections. Make sure there will be no "harassing" of people or wildlife. You may just enlist a spotter and create a "pro- drone" fan(s) with a positive progressive attitude which promotes the hobby while respecting the environment, wildlife and others right to enjoy the open space.



    If we are polite and proactive rather than reactive and defensive we will serve the hobby and all modelers better.


    Thank you


    Your District 1 Team




    Last modified: 07 Apr 2017 1:35 PM | Daren (Administrator)
  • 08 Mar 2017 4:40 PM
    Message # 4655346
    Daren (Administrator)


    Questions about changing rules, regulations and legislation.


    Do us a favor if you have general questions about changes, rules and regulations and federal and state legislation.  Please go to the Government Page of this site and look around.  If you have some time please watch Chad and Tyler's video on "Know Before You Fly".  They do a wonderful job explaining what has been going on from a regulatory standpoint.


    *WE NEED YOUR HELP, Your eyes and ears. 


    Are you hearing anything in your towns, municipalities, changes in local ordinances pertaining to drone or sUAS operations?  Please let us know. 


    We have individuals in the district and at AMA Government Affairs who can help but we can't help if we don't know and there are just too many small towns and municipalities with no electronic means of monitoring similar to "Legiscan" that we use as a Federal and State legislation "watch dog" tool.


    Last modified: 08 Mar 2017 7:24 PM | Daren (Administrator)


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