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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/

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

NOTAM/TFR Issued for Pittsburgh, PA – 6/17‏

A FAA NOTAM/TFR has been issued for the greater Pittsburgh, PA metropolitan area for Tuesday 6/17, from 11:15a until 3:45p EDT. The TFR is issued for security purposes to cover VIP movement in this area. Outdoor radio control model aircraft operations are prohibited within the 30nm circles for the specific times listed below. Control Line and Free Flight modelers should use discretion when operating within the TFR. Please note that TFRs are subject to change with very short notice. Check back often for the most current NOTAM/TFR information.

Timely alerts are also available on the web at: www.modelaircraft.org/membership/clubs/notams.aspx or on your cell phone at: Twitter.com/amagov.

See the link to the TFR below for more detailed information regarding the restrictions:

Map View of the Affected Area

View the TFR in Google Earth
(Open the KML file or download and open in Google Earth)

  • Area 1 (6/17, 11:15a – 12:30p EDT)
    (30nm radius from Latitude: 40º29’38″N, Longitude: 80º14’07″W)
  • Area 2 (6/17, 11:15a – 12:30p EDT)
    (10nm radius from Latitude: 40º29’38″N, Longitude: 80º14’07″W)
  • Area 3 (6/17, 12:00p – 3:00p EDT)
    (30nm radius from Latitude: 40º27’11″N, Longitude: 79º55’01″W)
  • Area 4 (6/17, 12:00p – 3:00p EDT)
    (10nm radius from Latitude: 40º27’11″N, Longitude: 79º55’01″W)
  • Area 5 (6/17, 2:30p – 3:45p EDT)
    (30nm radius from Latitude: 40º29’38″N, Longitude: 80º14’07″W)
  • Area 6 (6/17, 2:30p – 3:45p EDT)
    (10nm radius from Latitude: 40º29’38″N, Longitude: 80º14’07″W)

The following clubs have been identified as being affected by these restrictions. Please check the specific location of your flying site to determine if it falls within the boundary of the TFR.

Club Charter No:

1633, 887, 551, 4122, 5203, 4359, 4849, 15035, 1779, 571, 991, 548, 564, 1233, 3665, 546, 953

TFR – 4/8574

Regards

Government Relations Support Team

NOTAM/TFR Issued for Pittsburgh, PA – 4/16‏

A FAA NOTAM/TFR has been issued for the greater Pittsburgh, PA metropolitan area for Wednesday 4/16, from 1:45p until 6:00p EDT. The TFR is issued for security purposes to cover VIP movement in this area. Outdoor radio control model aircraft operations are prohibited within the 32nm circle for the specific times listed below. Control Line and Free Flight modelers should use discretion when operating within the TFR. Please note that TFRs are subject to change with very short notice. Check back often for the most current NOTAM/TFR information.

Timely alerts are also available on the web at: www.modelaircraft.org/membership/clubs/notams.aspx or on your cell phone at: Twitter.com/amagov.

See the link to the TFR below for more detailed information regarding the restrictions:

Map View of the Affected Area

View the TFR in Google Earth
(Open the KML file or download and open in Google Earth)

  • Area 1 (4/16, 1:45p – 6:00p EDT)
    (32nm radius from Latitude: 40º29’41″N, Longitude: 80º13’59″W)
  • Area 2 (4/16, 1:45p – 6:00p EDT)
    (12nm radius from Latitude: 40º29’41″N, Longitude: 80º13’59″W)

The following clubs have been identified as being affected by these restrictions. Please check the specific location of your flying site to determine if it falls within the boundary of the TFR.

Club Charter No:

1633, 887, 551, 4122, 5203, 4359, 4849, 15035, 1779, 571, 991, 548, 564

TFR – 4/2874

Regards

Government Relations Support Team

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In a security zone (TFR) those monitoring the airspace must be able to tell friend from foe. In the case of unmanned aircraft there currently is no definitive way to do this, so the current procedure is to ground all unmanned aircraft within the TFR, including model aircraft.

AMA is currently working with FAA’s Special Operations Security division along with the National Aeronautic Association (NAA) and the other sport aviation groups in an effort to obtain relief for our members and the aero sport community in general from the effect of TFRs.

AMA recently achieved a small victory in clarifying the intent of restrictions on model aircraft. Previously the NOTAMs spoke to prohibiting “model aircraft” operations within the TFR. This left unclear whether this included control line and free flight activities. AMA sought clarification from the Special Operations Security Center (SOSC) and was able to get this issue resolved and the language in the NOTAMs changed. The language in TFRs now refers to “radio controlled model aircraft”, a small concession but a step in the right direction.

Unfortunately, when it comes to the federal government and national security the wheels turn very slowly. AMA suspects it may be some time before we see any significant relief, and we may not see any real change until there is a change for the better in the global political environment.