Does the AMA (Academy of Model Aeronautics) fairly represent us?

Does the AMA (Academy of Model Aeronautics) fairly represent recreational UAV activities?

The problem as I see it is that the AMA managed to get their rulemaking "authority" into the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012, Senate Bill, Section 607(g).  

Specifically in the preamble:

In this section the term ``nationwide community-based organization'' is intended to mean a membership based association that represents the aeromodeling community within the United States; provides its members a comprehensive set of safety guidelines that underscores safe aeromodeling operations within the National Airspace System and the protection and safety of the general public on the ground; develops and maintains mutually supportive programming with educational institutions, government entities and other  aviation associations; and acts as a liaison with government agencies as an advocate for its members.

Since the only "nationwide community-based organization" is the AMA, they become the de-facto rulemakers for recreational UAV use.  In fact, the quote above is similar to the AMA mission statement.

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No, I don't think they do.  The recent total miss on the new FPV/UAV code of conduct total miss is evidence of that.

I think we (well, you, I'm not in the US) need to form your own body.

I agree. I gave up on the AMA long ago.

I agree!

I have send a email to AMA to tell them that I won't be renewing my membership next year without a real look at their new FPV/UAV rules. The VLOS just doesn't work for us.

The buddy requirement for FPV is what got my attention.

I really think that the AMA is intimidated by the advanced technology of autopilots like the APM.

The organisation was formed and is there, its called RCAPA and had a seat at ARC 1.0 The FAA have seen their ops manual.

You are going to get airworthy standards from ASTM F-38 and that might not be a barrel of laughs. BLOS won't happen without those being in place.

Crazy times over there.

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