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AMA disapproves of UAS registration

Published: November 28, 2015
The Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) released a statement saying the registration process for small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) is an unnecessary and unjustified burden. On Nov. 23, the organization spoke out against the pending regulations for UAS proposed by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) as well as the recommendations for UAS registration set out by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Registration Task Force.

According to a press release, the AMA believes that these regulations will pose as a prohibitive burden for pilots who safely fly for fun and educational purposes. “AMA has always regarded safe and responsible flying as its top priority,” said Rich Hanson, director of Government and Regulatory Affairs for AMA, who represented AMA on the FAA Registration Task Force. “While we understand the desire for some level of regulation to prevent irresponsible flying practices, we are passionate about protecting our hobby and the unhindered ability of our members to fly recreationally.”

The 185,000 members of the AMA already have guidelines that add to the safety of the sport. They are instructed to label their aircraft with important identifying information and liability insurance and advocacy is also provided to members. The AMA says it will continue fighting for the tradition of model aviation.