The AMA responds to an article in Smithsonian Air and Space Magazine.
Note that the AMA claims it is "The national body for aeromodeling operations".
Wow! FAA step aside, the AMA is running the show now !
My problem is the AMA constantly posturing that they are some kind of Gov't agency,
They want to ban all autonomous and semi-autonomuos systems and limit all FPV to LOS with RC buddy box.
They are not just against Trappy, and most of us agree that was a stupid stunt. However AMA "safe" people have cause more severe disabling and disfiguring of by-standards as well as collisions and interfrence with passenger carrying aircraft per year than all FPV and autonomous systems combined for the last 20 years.
Yet, the AMA alleges itself to be "National Body" for everyone in the USA?
As long as no one challenges their false claims the AMA will soon be telling you what you can do.
I accept the FAA as a Govt entity, I do not want a private insurance company running the show.
From the AMA's letter:
"The AMA does not consider the FPV operations as reported in your article and touted by
Raphael Pirker to be an aeromodeling activity. It is more akin to a commercial Unmanned
Aircraft System (UAS) as defined by the FAA, and is likely in violation of FAA’s clarification
of AC 91-57 issued by Nicholas Sabatini in the Federal Register on February 6, 2007."
1. Trappy's stunt was not "akin to commercial UAS". That is saying commercial UAS are irresponsible and dangerous.
2. Trappy's stunt was in full compliance with AC 91-57. The AMA's own safety standards are not. A very hypocritical statement.
The FAA wants to put limits on recreational aircraft.
The AMA wants to ban all autonomous and semiautonomous flying, period.
The Ama wants FPV limited to buddy boxed LOS and 400' Alt.
The AMA already bans even the AR parrot !
Yet, they think a 125 lb. turbine powered aircraft at 200 MPH with no altitude limit at an airport is just fine.
Sorry, I do not want these people in charge of anything. Give me the FAA please.
Talk about jumping out of the frying pan!
The FAA has a statutory duty to foster aviation in all its forms whilst making all play together safely.
The AMA is only responsible for a subset of a subset of all forms of aviating and is by definition going to be one-sided and political.
On that basis of care, I know who I'd wish for...
We are already on the FAA "to do " list.
We (recreational FPV and autonomous) have had no voice with the FAA and the AMA is doing their best to turn the FAA and Congress against us.
It seems the AMA are flustering to try and make themselves look important so the FAA will take notice and get them to govern or at least set the rules for flight. AMA seem to have what I call "the old git syndrome" where by they hate everything new but think everything they have been doing for years is completely safe even though no proficiency has been taken. "The old git syndrome" typical of older generation in Britain who have never taken a driving test because they drove tanks in the war(s) so know how to drive. They typically sit to low and too far back to maintain control or vision. I have experienced both inside an old git vehicle (my Grandad thought a concrete barrier was a slip road even though it was only a foot wide) and outside (woman across road steamed off her drive in reverse missing a mail van by a couple feet and going straight into my rear three quarter panel).
I would hope the FAA comes out and states that no body other than itself can restrict your movements in recreational model flying.
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