Good Morning AMA Coalition,

 AMA is dedicated to advocating on behalf of the model aircraft community and they continuously work alongside the FAA, Congress, and various industry stakeholders. Following is an from our Government Affairs Department.

FROM OUR GOVERNMENT TEAM
On June 22, 2021, the AMA was approved to administer The Recreational UAS Safety Test, or TRUST. AMA has worked closely with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), ensuring that TRUST meets the intent of Congress without placing an undue burden on our hobby community.

Since 1936, the AMA has been dedicated to the hobby of model aviation, educational programming, and safety in the airspace. We are offering TRUST to the entire community of model aviation enthusiasts free of charge.

You likely remember that on October 5, 2018, the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018 was signed into law. It included a requirement for all recreational UAS users to pass a knowledge and safety test to operate a recreational model aircraft within the National Airspace System (NAS).

In the spring of 2019, AMA met with UAS stakeholders and the FAA, hosting a roundtable discussion to lay out the guidelines and administration of the knowledge and safety test, as well as develop the questions included on the test. In September 2019, AMA sent a request for information to officially declare our interest in becoming a test administrator.

Please remember that TRUST is free to take for everyone, so be cautious of any site that has a fee associated with taking TRUST. Additionally, some sites may offer to send you a wallet-sized card of your TRUST completion certificate for a fee once completing the test. While not against rules, there is no requirement to purchase these cards.

Furthermore, while there is no set deadline to take TRUST, the FAA recommends taking the test as soon as practicable. For any additional questions regarding TRUST, visit AMA’s TRUST FAQ.

I personally took test the entire process took around 10 minutes.

 

Thank you so much for all of your support!

 

Erin Dobbs

Partnership and Sales Manager
Academy of Model Aeronautics
1-765-287-1256 ext. 272
www.modelaircraft.org

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Good Afternoon AMA Coalition,

Hope all of you are well and gearing up for the flying season! It’s been a while since you have received an update from AMA, my apologies.

AMA’s Government Affairs Department is dedicated to advocating on behalf of the model aircraft community and they continuously work alongside the FAA, Congress, and various industry stakeholders. Following is an update from the team.

FROM OUR GOVERNMENT TEAM
AMA and the FAA have been facilitating Safety Risk Management (SRM) panels with clubs located in controlled airspace across the country. Each panel has been successful in the club receiving an altitude higher than what was authorized on the FAA UAS Facility Map. AMA and the FAA are also working towards a more streamlined process in order to better facilitate club requests to operate above their current authorized altitude.

AMA expects The Recreational UAS Safety Test (TRUST) to be released by the FAA sometime around June 1st 2021. TRUST is a test that all recreational fliers will be required to take once available. AMA has continually worked with the FAA to assure that every recreational flier will be able to easily pass TRUST. For more information on TRUST, click here.

Additionally, AMA has been meeting with Remote ID developers to ensure the needs of our members and the hobby are met in regards to remote ID technology.  For more information regarding remote ID, including compliance dates, please visit https://www.modelaircraft.org/amainaction

In a new exciting partnership, AMA has teamed up with UASidekick to disseminate free recreational Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability (LAANC) flight planning to AMA members. Members will also be able to search for AMA flying sites and AMA sanctioned events, as well as view current issued FAA NOTAMs using UASidekick’s software. To use UASidekick and its features, click here. For more information on the partnership, read the press release here.

Advisory Circular (AC) 91-57C has moved from the Office of Management and Budget within the White House and is now back with the FAA. It likely will not be published to the Federal Register for many more months. AC 91-57C includes a detailed process for community-based organization (CBO) recognition, information regarding TRUST, and night flying in controlled airspace. AMA anticipates the process for CBO recognition to be slated the first quarter of 2022. For more information on CBO recognition, click here.

The Government Affairs team recently met with Congressional Committees regarding the Endless Frontiers Act, a bill that includes an amendment banning federal money from being used towards the purchase of foreign made UAS for any U.S. federal agencies and/or programs. The ban on foreign-made UAS  was first introduced in 2020 through a draft Executive Order under former President Donald Trump, later introduced as an amendment to the 2021 NDAA, and has since been picked back up by Senate Democrats as part of an effort to boost the United States’ scientific and technological innovations.  AMA is working towards an exemption to this amendment, one that will allow foreign UAS purchases through educational grants, JROTC, and CAP.

To remain current with the most recent government-related news, regularly visit the AMA Government Affairs blog. If you have any further questions or concerns, contact the Government Affairs department at (765) 287-1256 or amagov@modelaircraft.org.

 

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From Government affairs to an AMA member designing a remote control helicopter to be flown on Mars! Did you read this story? So many members and modelers have contributed to the advancement of modeling and aviation in general throughout the years. This is another story that is being told about the hobby we all love and cherish. You can read about it here.

All of us from AMA wish you a safe Memorial Day Weekend.

Sincerely and respectfully,

 

Erin Dobbs

Partnership and Sales Manager
Academy of Model Aeronautics
1-765-287-1256 ext. 272
www.modelaircraft.org






About the Campaign

Know Before You Fly is an education campaign organized by the Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA), the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI), and the Consumer Technology Association (CTA) in partnership with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Their shared goal is to educate prospective users about the safe and responsible operation of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) — commonly known as drones.


As excitement and enthusiasm builds around drones, and the regulatory framework continues to take shape, businesses and consumers alike are looking to buy drones for commercial and personal uses. These prospective operators want to fly, and fly safely. But many don’t realize that just because you can easily and quickly buy drones, it doesn’t mean you can fly it anywhere or for any purpose. Know Before You Fly provides prospective users with the information and guidance they need to fly safely and responsibly.


For more information, please visit https://knowbeforeyoufly.org

Good Afternoon AMA Coalition,

Below you will find two separate links.

The first link is a PDF report that illustrates the accomplishments with the FAA, Congress, security agencies, and industry stakeholder to obtain letters of agreement for AMA club flying sites, to help share the FAA Remote ID Final Rule, and to create the upcoming recreational knowledge and safety test.

The 2nd link is a Power Point Presentation that presents the information regarding Remote ID in a very easy-to-read and logical presentation. The work shown within these two documents was accomplished with the help and support of all of you!

  1. https://www.dropbox.com/s/wri739krvztas1l/2020%20AMA%20Government%20Affairs%20Report.pdf?dl=0

  2. https://www.dropbox.com/s/jgpekoo49ji30p1/Remote%20ID%20Overview%20%20_FAQs%20PP.pptx?dl=0

The AMA Coalition began as a collective voice for aviation associations, hobby shops, and manufacturers to address Congress and the FAA as one voice regarding Remote ID. This coalition, along with the 53,000 comments from the hobbyist community, helped shape a much less restrictive rule regarding remote ID.

While we can all be happy with what we have accomplished, our work is not done.  In fact, our next task has already been laid before us with FAA Reauthorization coming in 2023. This will likely be our next opportunity to work with Congress towards reducing the burdens our community faces and keeping in place the freedoms we all enjoy. This group and our collective voice will play a fundamental role to ensure our hobby will remain in place for generations to come.

I highly encourage you to share information about the AMA Coalition throughout your community. You can take a peek at all the Coalition members here: https://www.modelaircraft.org/govcoalition

For the most up-to-date and factual information please visit: https://www.modelaircraft.org/amainaction. This landing page has the latest and greatest videos, blogs, and podcasts.

Sincerely and respectfully,

 

Erin Dobbs

Partnership and Sales Manager
Academy of Model Aeronautics
1-765-287-1256 ext. 272
www.modelaircraft.org

Dear AMA Coalition,

As we all know, the FAA is currently working on a remote ID rule that will impact us all in some way. While AMA has requested an exemption to the rule for model aircraft operations, it is necessary to work on a more sensible solution to the FAA's proposal should that exemption be denied.  For that reason, AMA has been working to provide a more sensible remote ID solution for our community.

The backing of the AMA coalition and the insight provided by each of you gave us the leg-up to redefine and amplify relationships between AMA, EAA, AOPA and Google’s Project Wing. These 4 associations collaborated together to submit a letter to the FAA and congress. The intent is to provide an alternative solution to the FAA’s proposal, in hopes of preventing damage to a hobby that has been a stepping stone for so many of us in the aviation industry. 

You can read the entire AMA Blog post and letter by clicking here.

Feel free to share throughout your social media platforms.

Thank you for all you do and for all the support you have given to AMA.

 

Erin Dobbs

Partnership and Sales Manager
Academy of Model Aeronautics
1-765-287-1256 ext. 272
www.modelaircraft.org


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