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AMA and Other Stakeholders Launch Initiative to Educate the Public on Drone Laws

In early March, AMA, along with some of the nation’s leading UAS stakeholders, launched a new initiative to educate the public about the existing drone laws they must follow and the consequences if they ignore or break the law. The campaign – Even the Sky Has Limits: Learn the Drone Laws – was created through the existing Know Before You Fly campaign to educate new and seasoned drone pilots about the two options to fly legally and the civil and criminal fines they could face if they do not follow the drone laws. Since the start of the campaign, the campaign’s content has been shown nearly 400,000 times to those who recently bought or have an interest in drones across the United States. Click here to learn more about the campaign, and view the 

"Even the Sky has Limits" educational video that follows on the two ways to fly legally.

This student flight training manual was created for the Tuscarora Radio Controlled Aircraft Flying Club, and written by Ed Pollack. It is a great example of a club that has assembled their knowledge to introduce beginners to R/C flight andafe operation!

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Non-recreational pilots want to practice at our field. Now what?

Model aircraft have flown recreationally within the safety guidelines of the AMA for more than 80 years and have achieved an excellent safety record. Find out how to safely integrate commercial flights at your flying site.

    Whether it’s a local business testing its equipment or a fire department training first responders, AMA clubs are often approached to allow commercial operations at their flying sites. Although there are various aspects to consider before any non-recreational operation, AMA encourages its clubs to take advantage of these opportunities. Partnerships with local businesses or public safety offices can build rapport and be a donation source for clubs to host future events or use toward minor site improvements.

    When clubs welcome commercial flying, they attract new pilots to their field who often become interested in fixed-wing or rotary-wing aircraft. Education is the key to ensuring that new hobbyists fly within the guidelines and know how and where to fly safely. Our hobby has faced many challenges and we know the entire modeling community benefits when we speak with one voice. Allowing non-recreational flights at your site will establish the club as innovators in the aeromodeling community—a great reputation when working with your community leaders and legislators.

    If your flying site is not owned by the club, permission from the property owner will need to be obtained to use the site for commercial ventures.

    The commercial entity should obtain and carry its own insurance coverage. In most cases they will have to name the property owner as an additional insured. Preferably, we would also want them to add your club and the AMA as additional insureds to their policy. This would extend the commercial coverage procured by the entity to the club (and AMA) for liability incidents caused by them and might alleviate some of insurance concerns.

    If the commercial entity causes an accident and the club is named in a claim/suit, the Westchester policy provided through AMA would respond with a defense on behalf of the club until a coverage determination has been made.



Hobbico (Tower Hobbies & Great Planes) files for Bankruptcy!

Many AMA members have for years considered Tower Hobbies as their main resource for aeromodelling products. Receiving the Tower Hobby annual products catalogue was as important to us as the Sears catalogue. It’s how we found information and specifications on products for all our hobby needs and wants.

    What will now happen to Hobbico’s proprietary lines, like Futaba radios, OS engines, Top Flight and Great Planes model aircraft, and all the smaller manufactures whose products we bought through Tower Hobbies? It’s likely some of these smaller suppliers that Hobbico owes money to may go out of business… only time will tell.      

    Hobbico filed for bankruptcy protection on January 10, which could result in 332 layoffs at its Champaign facility. Hobbico said it will attempt to sell the company and operate during the bankruptcy process.  Hobbico’s estimated debt involves 200 to 999 creditors. They have $10 to $50 million in assets, and $100 to $500 million in liabilities. If they can’t attract new capital investments, employee layoffs will begin in April and it may be necessary to close and end all operations. If a buyer comes through, there is no guarantee that the buyer would continue to employee the workers, sell all the product lines, or operate in Champaign, IL.


How AMA Districts Influence UAS/model-aircraft Government Regulations                       by Andy Argenio

On a federal level the AMA has been successful in influencing government regulations as a result of AMA being perceived as experts in UAS/model-aircraft operations. However, we have learned that success at influencing UAS regulations on a state or municipal level doesn’t necessarily come from being an expert or perceived as one.

    In many states and local communities, lawmakers are almost exclusively motivated as to how VIEW

they vote by special interest groups that get them into public office and keep them there. They also try to avoid giving potential election challengers grounds on which to attack them politically.

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So what’s the AMA Done for Members?

AMA 2017 Advocacy & Legislative Action Report

Summary of advocacy and legislative efforts by the Academy of Model Aeronautics to promote, protect, and preserve model aviation. AMA Shaping Legislation on 302 state level bills, 6 federal bills, and countless local, tribal, university, and park policies related to UAS and our hobby were introduced. AMA tracked, categorized, and engaged each effort. 

Read the 2017 Report so next time someone asks what AMA does with regard to advocacy and legislation you will know how to answer the question! (Click Report Image

AMA Advocacy Toolkit

Since its founding in 1936, the Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) has served as the collective voice for our 200,000 members across the country. The government affairs team and you’re elected Executive Council work to represent your interests on regulatory issues at the local, state and federal level that could have a potentially negative impact on our longstanding hobby of flying model aircraft.

    AMA has always been and continues to be committed to education and the safe operation of model aircraft. 

    The purpose of this toolkit is to empower AMA VIEW members to help tell their story. In the pages that follow we will provide you with the resources you need to meet with the elected officials who represent you, submit an opinion piece to your local newspaper and more.

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Do You Know Your States Drone Laws?

All remote pilots, regardless of what type of model aircraft being flown, need to not only know the Federal Laws/FAA Part 107/Subsection 101 regulations for flight operations in the National Airspace, but State laws as well. 

    Most AMA remote pilots understand that as members of the AMA we currently continue to conduct flight operation in accordance with Public Law 112-95 Sec. 336 the “Special Rule for Model Aircraft” under AMA’s Safety Programming which also requires members to observe any State laws for UAS/Drones/model-aircraft.  

     I recently was sent a link to the latest edition to “State Drone Law” from the law firm of “Ausley|McMullen authored by Steven M. Hogan and Richard E. Doran. The hard copy of the book is available from Amazon for $15.99 and they provided a PDF free copy by clicking on the following book cover link.

    I have provided easy access to just New England State's

UAS/Drone-Laws that follow:

    CT. Drone Law 

    ME. Drone Law

      MA. Drone Law 

    R.I. Drone Law

    N.H. Drone Law 

     VT. Drone Law


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