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Is The Hobby Industry Toast?AMA

Is The Hobby Industry Toast? AMA Weighs In

The Senate has officially passed the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018. The following letter from the Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) discusses what the new bill means for AMA members.

Dear members,

Today, the Senate passed the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018, and we expect President Trump to sign it into law soon. This bill includes significant modifications to our hobby. While some of the changes are positive, and include provisions that AMA has championed, overall the bill is problematic, such as a 400 AGL altitude cap in Class G airspace.

Please note: None of the provisions included in this bill will go into effect immediately. The status quo remains – and you should continue to fly in accordance with AMA’s safety guidelines until the FAA creates new rules, which could take some time. We will let you know as soon as we have more information on this process and timeline.

In the meantime, we are already working behind-the-scenes to minimize the impact of this bill and advocate for a lighter regulatory touch on our hobby. In fact, we anticipate there will be many opportunities to work with the FAA on protecting and preserving our hobby in the future.

Lastly, thank you again for your efforts to contact Congress over the past 10 days. Your engagement and passion on this issue has been critical and we truly appreciate all your support.

Thank you,

AMA Government Relations Team

P.S. Please continue to monitor your emails, social media and www.modelaircraft.org/gov for the latest information. In addition, you can read our detailed assessment of the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018 here or the entire Section 349 here.

While some of the changes are positive and include provisions that AMA has championed, other changes AMA does not support. Learn about the bill and how it could affect model aviation.

Learn more by clicking here.

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