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The “ Drones”, mostly quad copters by nature, are making the news again.  The information below pertains to model aircraft we fly as well.
The DOT and FAA are proposing new rules for Unmanned Aircraft Systems. (UAS)  These proposed regulations will integrate UAS into the US aviation system.

Below is a quick summary we have put together.

Under the proposed rule, the person actually flying a small UAS would be an “operator.” An operator would have to be at least 17 years old, pass an aeronautical knowledge test and obtain an FAA UAS operator certificate. To maintain certification, the operator would have to pass the FAA knowledge tests every 24 months. A small UAS operator would not need any further private pilot certifications (i.e., a private pilot license or medical rating).
~ A small UAS operator must always see and avoid manned aircraft. If there is a risk of collision, the UAS operator must be the first to maneuver away.
The operator must discontinue the flight when continuing would pose a hazard to other aircraft, people or property.
~ A small UAS operator must assess weather conditions, airspace restrictions and the location of people to lessen risks if he or she loses control of the UAS.
~ A small UAS may not fly over people, except those directly involved with the flight.
~ Flights should be limited to 500 feet altitude (400 feet at the field) and no faster than 100 mph.
Operators must stay out of airport flight paths and restricted airspace areas, and obey any
FAA Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFRs).

Below are links to several documents providing additional information.
Lastly, if you see someone at the field or any where for that matter breaking safety rules described above you might let them know.  Gosh forbid we have any kind of incident making the news and the press asks for a statement

AMA Air Modeling News

Oklahomans Finding Flaws With FAA Drone Registration

Quad Copter Reviews Facebook Page

FAA Home ▸ Unmanned Aircraft Systems ▸ Model Aircraft Operations

How To Get Into the Hobby RC: Starter FPV Quadcopters
Press Release – DOT and FAA Propose New Rules for Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems

Commercial Drone Legislation

Video of the UAS Registration Announcement


FAA issues blanket approval for commercial drone use below 200 feet

FPV for Beginners from Model Aviation

Drones for Public Use Facebook Page

Rupprecht Law’s Analysis of the FAA’s Published Drone Registration Requirements

AMA Member Communication Hold off on Registering Model Aircraft

Youtube video from Government Relations Update – For Ground Control

Monday, December 28, 2015
The AMA has recommended that our members hold off on registering their model aircraft with the FAA until advised by the AMA or until the FAA’s legal deadline of February 19. Holding off on registration will allow time for AMA to fully consider all possible legal and political options for alleviating this unnecessary regulatory burden on our members.

In the meantime, you can help by making your voice heard with the FAA. Specifically we are asking all AMA members to submit comments on the FAA’s interim rule on registration. The deadline to submit comments is January 15, 2016. All comments can be submitted at http://1.usa.gov/1Jegj0C.

Below are recommended messages to convey in your comments:

Express your disappointment with the registration rule. As a member of the Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA), I am disappointed with the new rule for UAS registration. I am a long time model aircraft flyer, who has operated under the guidance of the largest community-based organization (CBO) in the world for many years.

Highlight AMA’s history and safety record. Since 1936, AMA has published safety standards and offered training programs for our members – more than 20 years before the FAA was created. Our National Model Aircraft Safety Code has been recognized by Congress as well as by state legislatures as a safe and effective means of managing model aircraft enthusiasts like me
Note that you already register with AMA. Additionally, AMA’s safety program already instructs me to place my AMA number or name and address on or within my model aircraft(s), effectively accomplishing the safety and accountability objectives of the interim rule.

Make it clear this rule is contrary to the intent of Congress. The new rule is contrary to the intent of Congress in Section 336 of the 2012 FAA Modernization and Reform Act. Section 336, also referred to as the “Special Rule for Model Aircraft,” clearly prohibits the FAA from promulgating any new rules for recreational users operating within the safety guidelines of a CBO. In addition, the FAA’s contention that model aircraft should be considered aircraft is currently the subject of pending litigation.

Affirm that as an AMA member you should be exempt from federal registration. The registration process is an unnecessary burden for me and the more than 185,000 other AMA members. AMA members should not be required to register with the FAA.

Thank you,
AMA Government and Regulatory Affairs Team

Here is the AMA response to the FAA registration requirements

Following the announcement of the FAA’s registration requirements for UAS, AMA released an official statement. In this statement, AMA Executive Director Dave Mathewson is open about AMA’s reaction to the registration rule. “AMA is disappointed with the new rule for UAS registration. As a member of the task force that helped develop recommendations for this rule, AMA argued that registration makes sense at some level and for UAS flyers operating outside the guidance of a community-based organization or flying for commercial purposes. Unfortunately, the new rule is counter to Congress’ intent in the Special Rule for Model Aircraft and makes the registration process an unnecessary burden for our more than 185,000 members who have been operating safely for decades.”

I also had a very nice and long phone call with Tony Stillman with the AMA. According to Tony the AMA is not requiring any AMA member to register with the FAA. This will be left up to each member. The AMA sees this the same way as video TX over 25mW requires a FCC ham lic. The AMA feels that’s between the member and the FCC

In saying that I don’t see any reason for LORCS to require the FAA registration to join and or fly at our field. This is not going to impact our AMA insurance in any way according to Tony Stillman.

Me, On December 21st I plan to perform the FAA’s registration requirement. As a veteran of the USAF, I understand my DNA and finger prints are on file. I also understand I also have a FBI file as well. All veterans have one.

I am sure this will go away after the first high profile court case gets heard. The FAA did counter Congress’ intent in the Special Rule for Model Aircraft. Over all I don’t think Miller County, HP or any State or Federal official will stop by looking for those that has decided not to sign up.

AMA and the FAA Registration Process. This registration process is for all Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) not just “quads or drones”. Everyone needs to know that any Remote Controlled Aircraft over .55lbs needs to be covered by this registration process according to the FAA.

AMA and the FAA Registration Process


Here is a pdf from the FAA on what to register and what not to register

Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Frequently Asked Questions

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 multi-rotors 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

Please read through the entire message.

I would first want to say that what you propose is illegal for a hobbyist drone operator to do. The rules to allow this are still being written at this point. Do people do this now? Yes, and many get caught and fined heavily. The key word you used is “Hire”. Also, if these videos are to be used for commercial purposes, such as promoting your home for sale, that too would be illegal. Now that I have your the bad news, read on.

For the good news, you can ask a RC multiple-rotor pilot with a camera to fly and take some pictures. The rules are the aircraft must stay within sight of the operator and no more than 400′ above the ground. Many pilots would be happy to fly around your property and demonstrate their equipment, and give you a copy of the video afterwards.

I would recommend after you find somebody who is willing to do this (and hopefully your email will find somebody), and when this person arrives, have some pizza, cookout, maybe some beers and invite this pilot to enjoy it with you. Nothing illegal about that.

As for a pilot, I would gladly do it, but I don’t have a drone with a camera.

I answered your question this way as there are so many people who are buying drones and flying them around without knowing the rules and flying in places where they should not be. We, in the modeling community, want to encourage safe and legal drone operation, and to show the public we can be safe and responsible in our flying, so that the few bad apples don’t ruin it for all of us.