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FAA Drone Registration

AMA and the FAA Registration Process

Today the FAA announced plans for a model aircraft registration process to begin next week.  AMA was a member of the task force that helped develop recommendations for this registration rule and argued throughout the process that registration makes sense at some level but only for those operating outside the guidance of a community-based organization or flying for commercial purposes. 
 
Unfortunately, the new FAA registration rule does not include our advice. The rule is counter to Congress’s intent in the Special Rule for Model Aircraft and makes the registration process an unnecessary burden for all of our members who have been operating safely for decades.
 
While we are disappointed with the new registration rule and still maintain that AMA members should be exempt from registration, the rule is being implemented over AMA objections. Therefore, we want to provide you with important information about the registration rule and how AMA members can comply with the new federal requirements: 
 
  • All aircraft that are flown using a ground control system, such as a transmitter, are required to participate. This includes fixed-wing aircraft, not just multirotors or drones.
  • Any pilot flying models weighing between .55 pounds (or 250 grams) and 55 lbs is required to register.
  • You will not be required to register every aircraft individually. You only need to register yourself and can affix one registration number to all your aircraft.
  • You must mark all aircraft with your registration number. The number can be inside the aircraft, such as a battery hatch – but should not require tools to access.
  • The FAA plans to launch the online registration website on Monday, December 21.
  • There is a $5 fee to register, which is waived if you register within the first 30 days.
  • You only need to register once every 3 years.
We are still working out the logistics for this process. Some details are still being discussed, including:
  • We are seriously discussing with the FAA a system where your AMA number could be used as your federal registration number as well. At this point, this is only a proposal and details are not yet finalized.
  • At this time, AMA members will not automatically be registered when the registration website launches next week.  However, we are in conversations with the FAA about the best way to streamline the registration process for AMA members going forward.
This is an ongoing process and we will continue to provide updates on the registration rule. Stay tuned to modelaircraft.org/gov, social media and your email for the latest news on the registration process.
 
Thank you,
AMA Government Relations and Advocacy Team
http://www.faa.gov/uas/registration/

September Meeting

The September meeting will be held wednesday 16th  at the airfield in Boyce Park.  If bad weather, meeting will be moved to available pavilion at the park.

Come to the meeting enjoy some good food, flying and camaraderie.  Food usually starts around 1730 and meeting will being around 1800.  Come early and fly before having some dinner.  Sun set comes early this time of year.  Get out for the last flying meeting.

 

April 15th Meeting

The April meeting will be held April15th  at the airfield in Boyce Park.  If bad weather, meeting will be moved to available pavilion at the park.

Come to the meeting enjoy some good food, flying and camaraderie.  Food usually starts around 1730 and meeting will being around 1800.  Come early and fly before having some dinner.

RCneighborhood Website‏

Happy to introduce a local brand new “Facebook” type website dedicated to RC Enthusiasts in Western Pa. Please take a look around the site and enjoy all the pics, videos, join groups, create your own club/group, make friends, and share photos. We have build threads, classifieds, just about everything we need built into one awesome local site!

 

www.rcneighborhood.com

Field Work List

Work Num Members Equipment Completed By
 Move fences and weedwack back grass and dirt 2 Weed Wackers Herb/Chad
Sand main table in prep for painting 1-2 Sanding Supplies
Paint main table (Mr. Goff has the paint) 1-2 Brushes Cleaning supplies
Remove old frequency board install new one 2 Socket Wrenchs, Drill
Put up yellow chains 1-2 Wire Cutters
Supervise park during power washing 1 N/A
Role Runway 1-2 Tractor
Waterseal benches 1-2 Sprayers

First Flights 2015

Gateway Rc’s VP Chad Meyer going for the first flight of 2015.  IT was a bone chilling real feel of 8 Degrees and 20+ mph wing gusting upwards of 30+mph

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First helicopter flight went to Jeff Searle

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New years Day Fly 2015

Please come join us for our annual new years day fly.  Most people arrive around Noon on January 1st 2015.

Hope to see you there.

Information
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12:00 pm 30 °F 18 °F 7 °F 38% Clear Clear 0% 0 in 17 mph SW 0% 30.11in
1:00 pm 31 °F 20 °F 8 °F 37% Clear Clear 0% 0 in 18 mph SW 1% 30.08in
2:00 pm 33 °F 22 °F 9 °F 37% Clear Clear 0% 0 in 17 mph SW 3% 30.05in