Posted by Mike Karnes
Posted on 9/24/2018
Dear IMAC members, Should this go though this will kill our hobby. YOU NEED TO ACT NOW
Contact Congress today and tell them to vote NO on the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018, which can be read here. This bill is the result of closed-door negotiations between leadership of the House and Senate and includes significant modifications to the Special Rule for Model Aircraft, also known as Section 336. While some of the changes are positive, and include provisions that AMA has championed, overall the bill is problematic.
Model aviation hobbyists have been flying safely in the skies since before the FAA was even created. We're not the problem. Yet, this bill will deal a devastating blow to our hobby and the many local communities, charities and educational programs we support.
Given these additional, burdensome restrictions, we are asking AMA members to contact their members of Congress to express opposition to the bill, by clicking here.
As written, this bill puts our community under the authority of the FAA, which means the agency can, at any time, impose additional regulations on model aircraft. In addition, the bill specifically imposes a 400' altitude limit on model aircraft operating within the programming of a community-based organization (CBO), which will curtail long-standing AMA competitions and events that support local charities and non-profits. These and other changes will make it even more difficult to fly and will stifle the broader benefits of model aviation to STEM education and the broader aviation community.
It is important for you to know that this bill has not yet been voted into law. This is a critical moment and Congress needs to hear from our members on the harm this bill would do to our safe, long-standing hobby.
Click here to make your voice heard by contacting your elected representatives today.
Regardless of the outcome of the reauthorization process, AMA will continue to work with Congress and the FAA to fight for relief from onerous regulations for our members.
After you write Congress please encourage others to do the same by forwarding this email, this YouTube video, and sharing modelaircraft.org/gov .
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