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ACT NOW! - Senate Considering Amendments to the Reauthorization Act

Discussion in 'News' started by LuvMyTJ, Apr 12, 2016.

  1. LuvMyTJ

    LuvMyTJ Administrator
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    Feb 9, 2014
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    Live! From New York!
    Dear members,

    The U.S. Senate is currently considering amendments to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization Act of 2016. We need your help today to ensure this proposed legislation fully protects the model aircraft community.

    Click here now to urge your Senators to support Senator Inhofe's amendment number 3596 to the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2016.

    As you know, we are pleased that the Senate's proposed legislation preserves a community-based approach to managing the recreational community by maintaining the Special Rule for Model Aircraft. However, at the same time, we are concerned with additional provisions in this bill that could detrimentally impact our community.

    These new provisions would require all UAS, including model aircraft, to meet new FAA design and production standards and impose unnecessary regulation on hobbyists who often build their own models at home. The bill also requires modelers to obtain permission from air traffic control when flying within 5 miles of towered airports which could jeopardize hundreds of existing flying sites. And if passed, the bill would require model aircraft enthusiasts to take an online FAA safety test and carry proof of passing the test when flying. These new directives would undermine the model aircraft activity and detract from the creativity, innovation and enjoyment of the hobby.

    By supporting Senator Inhofe's amendment number 3596, you can help stop this from happening. This critical amendment would maintain the basic intent of the Senate's proposed legislation, while lessening the negative impact on the model aircraft community.

    Please contact your Senator now!

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  2. slim.slamma

    Jan 12, 2015
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    nyc, ithaca
  3. PO4963

    Jul 29, 2015
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    The bill was passed Tuesday 95 to 3. Now it goes to the House. It will probably pass there also. Looks the sky in the USA is going to open up for commercial drones soon.