January 11 Register by February 19 to Avoid Violating a Federal Rule
Q: Am I permitted to fly above 400 feet? What if I had to check a box saying otherwise on the federal registration website?
A: Yes. AMA members who abide by the AMA Safety Code, which permits flights above 400 feet under appropriate circumstances, and are protected by the Special Rule for Model Aircraft under the 2012 FAA Modernization and Reform Act.
Who Owns/Controls the Airspace Below 500 feet AGL?
Articles from UAS VISION
Before airplanes and drones existed, people owned everything above and below their land—according to the law, their rights extended “to the heavens and down to hell.” But modern aviation changed this definition in a big way. In the early 20th century Congress
declared the air a public highway, which limited land rights so that people were not trespassing every time they flew.
That public highway has generally been considered 500 feet and above. But airspace from the ground up to 500 feet is a gray area—no one’s ever had to fully settle who owns this airspace. Ask someone at the FAA and they’ll tell you that the agency controls (but does not own) airspace down to the ground. Yet it’s clear that landowners have some claim to the air. “Everyone agrees that the owner of land also owns the airspace above the land,” Banner says.
2016 Return Of District I Sponsored Events
From 2004 until 2013 I was able to allocate funds from the yearly amount budgeted for district expenses to sponsor over 25 sanctioned events. They included Huckfests, Giant Scale, Electric, IMAC, Fun-Flys, Warbird, 3D, and Float fly events at different hosting clubs throughout New England.
In 2014 and 2015 I had to stop sponsorship. Travel costs
for attending events, numerous meetings with clubs, public agencies, and testifying at legislative hearings depleted district funds. These additional travel expenses were necessary to address issues that threatened R/C flying and the use of public flying sites.At the executive council meeting in October we approved a long delayed increase in district yearly funds to begin as of 2016.
District I Comments on DOT/FAA
On October 22 the DOT/FAA’s announced that they intended to have a registration process created and implemented for sUAS/model-aircraft before Christmas. Public comments and/or suggestions for consideration were submitted on the government website at http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=FAA-2015-4378 .
The total comments submitted by mid November were 4,600. On November 23, the FAA UAS Registration Task Force announced their recommendations for a registration process.
A summary from district members who discussed their views on sUAS/model aircraft registration and the task force recommendations with district officers and myself follows:
1. sUAS/model aircraft weighing up to 250 gr. (8 oz.) are considered toys and are exempted from registration.
Oppose – A weight maximum for toys at 250 gr. (8 oz.) to be excluded from registration is to low and unlikely to be registered by toy buyers. AMA Park-Pilot program has been operating model aircraft in urban areas/parks for years at a maximum Read More