Wow. The AMA response to the new FAA rules is scorching: 

States AMA President Bob Brown, “The FAA interpretive rule effectively negates Congress’ intentions, and is contrary to the law. Section 336(a) of the Public Law states that, ‘the Federal
Aviation Administration may not promulgate any rule or regulation regarding a model  aircraft…’, this interpretive rule specifically addresses model aircraft, effectively establishes rules that model aircraft were not previously subject to and is in direct violation of the congressional mandate in the 2012 FAA reauthorization bill.” The interpretive rule reflects the FAA’s disregard for and its unfamiliarity with the makeup of the modeling community. Nearly 20% of the AMA membership is 19 years old or younger and an even greater percentage is retirees over the age of 65. FAA’s intention to impose a strict regulatory approach to the operation of model aircraft in the hands of our youth and elderly members threatens to destroy a wholesome and enriching activity enjoyed by a vast cross-section of our society.


“AMA cannot support this rule.” said AMA Executive Director Dave Mathewson. “It is at best  ill-conceived and at worst intentionally punitive and retaliatory. The Academy strongly requests the FAA reconsider this action. The AMA will pursue all available recourse to dissuade enactment of this rule.”

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Comment by Mike Downey on June 24, 2014 at 6:16pm

and this is why I rejoined the AMA after a 4 year hiatus... Like it or not, the AMA is our biggest advocate in Washington right now. 

Comment by Brian on June 24, 2014 at 6:33pm

Renewing my membership.


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Comment by John Church on June 24, 2014 at 6:41pm
I have been flying models for over 25 years and am only now ashamed to say that I never supported the AMA by becoming a member. Registering ASAP.
Comment by Rob Dunbar on June 24, 2014 at 6:50pm

I think the AMA feels betrayed by the FAA. They had worked together to come up with rules for hobby SUAS and FPV. They also realize the next generation of members are going to come from FPV'ers. Also the FAA is starting to make inroads to enforce rules on hobbyist. 

I've been an on and off member for 25 years but the last 8 years I've been a member so I can fly at the local field. I'm going to make sure I keep renewing my membership now.

Thanks AMA for taking a strong stance.

Comment by Gary McCray on June 24, 2014 at 6:52pm

Up till now many of our members thought the AMA was not working in our best interests.

But I have to say once the FAA starts going berserk it really feels good to have the AMA in our corner.

They can actually afford lawyers and have quite a few politicians as friends and members.

We have a nice Louisiana Pacific toxic waste dump as our AMA flying field and happy to have it although less so on dry dusty days (fly ash).

Comment by Scott Quartochi on June 24, 2014 at 6:53pm
Just joined this morning.
Comment by Theo Hengst on June 24, 2014 at 7:20pm

As an AMA member and a member of a local AMA affiliated club I urge everyone in the US to join ASAP. The insurance alone is worth the modest dues, the magazine and Web site are excellent, and most importantly this is the ONLY organization that can wield enough political clout on behalf of us little guys to get some attention from the politicians. It's got a grass-roots mom-and-pop-and-apple-pie heartland sort of appeal (along with a pit-bull lawyer or two) that many politicians wisely don't take lightly.  

Also: It is time to call out the heavy commercial hitters in the UAV industry. Someday they may need help from below, and this is the time for them to show some substantive support for the little guys. Come on, Boeing, Bell, Raytheon, whoever, don't forget who your friends and enemies ultimately are. Mutual butt-nuzzling with the bureaucrats of the FAA and NTSB etc. may be all necessary and well and good in quiet times, but remember, when the sh*t hits the fan those people will be out for themselves at all costs, and you're just as likely to be tossed under the bus as some guy flying his Phantom over Grandma's house. Don't believe it? Check today's NTSB blast of stinking hot air in Boeing's direction, in their pathetic "report" on the San Francisco crash (delivered by a pack of men who look and sound like failed used-care salesmen, speaking from what looks like a b-grade movie set depicting a gala opening of a discount warehouse). 

Comment by Aaron Curtis on June 24, 2014 at 8:14pm

It just so happens that I joined in May after having meant to get around to joining for years. Extra proud to be a member now.

Comment by Tom Mahood on June 24, 2014 at 8:57pm

I have long held a very dim view of the AMA and have been completely uninterested in membership. Angry old men yelling at kids on their lawns and all. However after seeing the FAA's latest breathtakingly offensive move, I do believe I need to hire some angry old men to yell long and loud at the FAA.

As of 10 minutes ago, I'm an AMA member.

(Perhaps this is all a public/private sector scheme to boost AMA membership? It will work exceedingly well.)


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Comment by Gary Mortimer on June 24, 2014 at 9:21pm

The AMA does not have a seat at the committee resolving our needs, ARC 2. These people do. (Or did a couple of years ago)

 http://www.suasnews.com/2011/11/10245/uas-arc-2-0/

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