Gov. Relations Blog – AMA Officers, Clubs and Members updating and sharing the latest Federal, State and Local government UAS regulatory news pertaining to AMA aeromodeling.

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  • 19 May 2017 7:48 AM | Andrew (Administrator)


    CONTACT: Allison Haley,, (202) 777-3509

    AMA Statement on Federal Court of Appeals Ruling on the FAA Registration Rule

    MUNCIE, Ind. – Rich Hanson, President of the Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA), today issued the following statement on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia ruling in the case of John Taylor V. Michael Huerta, Federal Aviation Administration:

    “AMA is encouraged to see the Court affirm the strength of the Special Rule for Model Aircraft, otherwise known as Section 336, under which our members operate. For decades, AMA members have registered their aircraft with AMA and have followed our community-based safety programming. It is our belief that a community-based program works better than a federally mandated program to manage the recreational community.

    “We have long held that federal registration of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) makes sense at an appropriate threshold of weight, capability and other safety-related characteristics. However, federal registration shouldn’t apply at such a low threshold that it includes toys. It also shouldn’t burden those who have operated harmoniously within our communities for decades, and who already comply with AMA’s registration system.”

    The Academy of Model Aeronautics, founded in 1936, continues to be devoted to national airspace safety. It serves as the nation’s collective voice for approximately 200,000 modelers in 2,400 clubs in the United States and Puerto Rico. Headquartered in Muncie, Indiana, AMA is a membership organization representing those who fly model aircraft for recreation and educational purposes. For more information, visit

  • 27 Apr 2017 6:16 PM | Andrew (Administrator)

    How to Help with Local UAS Legislation:

    AMA district officers continue to monitor state and local governments for proposed UAS/drone legislation that would be detrimental to the AMA and aeromodeling. 

    In the past two years, an alarming number of municipalities have introduced ordinances and resolutions that prohibited or restricted UAS/model-aircraft flying in cities and towns within the district. 

    If you are made aware of proposed bills, ordinances or resolutions in your community, please let us know by contacting any of our AMA District Officers since its extremely difficult to monitor every local governing body in New England. 

    The sooner we can respond to proposed onerous legislation, the more likely we can voice objections and offer suggestions for revisions that will not conflict with federal law and regulations that AMA members comply with when flying UAS in the National Air Space (NAS). 

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