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Feb 26, 2018

The following article came from "The Hill" a credible news sourse that many, if not all, in Congress follow. AMA members needs to pass this message along:


“Let's not ground drones or model-aicraft because of a few close calls”

by Christopher Koopman and Michael Kotrou

This past month the Air Line Pilots Association, the National Air Traffic Controllers Association, and Airlines for America issued a letter to Congress calling for tighter regulation on drones. Responding to a video captured by a drone illegally flying within feet of a jet landing at McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas, the letter calls on Congress to get aggressive with hobby and recreational drone use. “The likelihood that a drone will collide with an airline aircraft,” the letter concludes, “is increasing.”

    The letter — echoing many of the news headlines surrounding the video — makes a common error: Observing one collision and a handful of “close calls” does not mean the probability of or the dangers presented by drone collisions have changed. Indeed, the best estimates show that the risk is extremely low, and the one confirmed collision that caused no injuries is consistent with an acceptable risk level.

    This may sound like technical nitpicking, but it has significant implications for the future of drone regulation. The signers of the letter call for the implementation of an onerous drone registry and mandates for all drones to be equipped with tracking technology, but they fail to demonstrate that drones pose a significant risk that requires new regulations, rather than better enforcement of some current ones.

    Understanding the need for regulation requires some knowledge of the risk drones pose. A 2016 analysis by our former Mercatus colleagues Eli Dourado and Sam Hammond approximated that risk by looking at incidents of birds striking airplanes in the national airspace, as well as the resulting damage, injuries, or fatalities. They estimate that a drone collision inflicting significant damage to an aircraft would occur once every 1.87 million years of drone flight time. Meanwhile, one drone collision that causes serious injury or fatality would occur every 187 million years of drone operation.

    A recent Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) study found that computer simulated drone strikes do, in fact, inflict more damage to an aircraft than bird strikes. Yet even if every drone strike resulted in fatalities, Dourado and Hammond found that the fatality rate would still remain below the risk level identified by the FAA’s 2015 drone registry task force as acceptable.

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Hobbico (Tower Hobbies & Great Planes) files for Bankruptcy!

Many AMA members have for years considered Tower Hobbies as their main resource for aeromodelling products. Receiving the Tower Hobby annual products catalogue was as important to us as the Sears catalogue. It’s how we found information and specifications on products for all our hobby needs and wants.

    What will now happen to Hobbico’s proprietary lines, like Futaba radios, OS engines, Top Flight and Great Planes model aircraft, and all the smaller manufactures whose products we bought through Tower Hobbies? It’s likely some of these smaller suppliers that Hobbico owes money to may go out of business… only time will tell.      

    Hobbico filed for bankruptcy protection on January 10, which could result in 332 layoffs at its Champaign facility. Hobbico said it will attempt to sell the company and operate during the bankruptcy process.  Hobbico’s estimated debt involves 200 to 999 creditors. They have $10 to $50 million in assets, and $100 to $500 million in liabilities. If they can’t attract new capital investments, employee layoffs will begin in April and it may be necessary to close and end all operations. If a buyer comes through, there is no guarantee that the buyer would continue to employee the workers, sell all the product lines, or operate in Champaign, IL.


How AMA Districts Influence UAS/model-aircraft Government Regulations                       by Andy Argenio

On a federal level the AMA has been successful in influencing government regulations as a result of AMA being perceived as experts in UAS/model-aircraft operations. However, we have learned that success at influencing UAS regulations on a state or municipal level doesn’t necessarily come from being an expert or perceived as one.

    In many states and local communities, lawmakers are almost exclusively motivated as to how VIEW

they vote by special interest groups that get them into public office and keep them there. They also try to avoid giving potential election challengers grounds on which to attack them politically.

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So what’s the AMA Done for Members?

AMA 2017 Advocacy & Legislative Action Report

Summary of advocacy and legislative efforts by the Academy of Model Aeronautics to promote, protect, and preserve model aviation. AMA Shaping Legislation on 302 state level bills, 6 federal bills, and countless local, tribal, university, and park policies related to UAS and our hobby were introduced. AMA tracked, categorized, and engaged each effort. 

Read the 2017 Report so next time someone asks what AMA does with regard to advocacy and legislation you will know how to answer the question! (Click Report Image

AMA Advocacy Toolkit

Since its founding in 1936, the Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) has served as the collective voice for our 200,000 members across the country. The government affairs team and you’re elected Executive Council work to represent your interests on regulatory issues at the local, state and federal level that could have a potentially negative impact on our longstanding hobby of flying model aircraft.

    AMA has always been and continues to be committed to education and the safe operation of model aircraft. 

    The purpose of this toolkit is to empower AMA VIEW members to help tell their story. In the pages that follow we will provide you with the resources you need to meet with the elected officials who represent you, submit an opinion piece to your local newspaper and more.

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Do You Know Your States Drone Laws?

All remote pilots, regardless of what type of model aircraft being flown, need to not only know the Federal Laws/FAA Part 107/Subsection 101 regulations for flight operations in the National Airspace, but State laws as well. 

    Most AMA remote pilots understand that as members of the AMA we currently continue to conduct flight operation in accordance with Public Law 112-95 Sec. 336 the “Special Rule for Model Aircraft” under AMA’s Safety Programming which also requires members to observe any State laws for UAS/Drones/model-aircraft.  

     I recently was sent a link to the latest edition to “State Drone Law” from the law firm of “Ausley|McMullen authored by Steven M. Hogan and Richard E. Doran. The hard copy of the book is available from Amazon for $15.99 and they provided a PDF free copy by clicking on the following book cover link.

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UAS/Drone-Laws that follow:

    CT. Drone Law 

    ME. Drone Law

      MA. Drone Law 

    R.I. Drone Law

    N.H. Drone Law 

     VT. Drone Law

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