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FAA “Remote ID Law” PROPOSAL

As it Relates to AMA Club Flying Sites and Members

 

What types of model aircraft does this rule apply to? 

The proposal applies to any model airplane or drone, which weighs 0.55 (little over one half) pound or more.  It does not matter if it is an RC aircraft, control line aircraft, or free flight aircraft. (That 0.55 pound limit could change in the future.) 

How does this affect an AMA club member? 

It doesn’t, so long as the AMA club operates an FAA approved flying site, and the member flies at that approved site. Flying at an approved AMA club site will not require “Remote ID” to be installed on the aircraft or on the transmitter. (Note that AMA club flying sites could still need to follow altitude restrictions, which are covered by a different FAA proposal.)

 Will I be able to fly my model airplane or drone away from an FAA approved AMA club flying site?

Yes, but only under these conditions once the proposed rule becomes law:

LIMITED OPERATION:

Aircraft itself must have “Remote ID” installed. Will require an internet connection. Flight must be within a 400 foot “bubble” (up, down, left, right) of the pilot. Will require FAA permission to fly via an app. Each aircraft must have its own unique “Remote ID” installed, and ID number.

STANDARD OPERATION:

Aircraft and transmitter both require “Remote ID” installed. Will require an internet connection. Will require FAA permission to fly via an app. Each aircraft and each transmitter must have its own unique “Remote ID” installed and ID number.

 Within 3 years, 100% of all model aircraft weighing 0.55 pounds or more are required to be compliant with the “Remote ID Law” law, if flying under the two conditions listed above.

After 2 years, no model aircraft produced in the USA can be produced without “Remote ID” capability. Each aircraft must have its own unique “Remote ID” installed and ID number.

After 3 years, no model aircraft can be operated in the USA except in accordance with the above requirements. (Remember, most AMA club flying sites will be excluded from the “Remote ID Law” requirements.)

Three years after enactment of the law, any model aircraft weighing 0.55 pounds or more, which flies without “Remote ID” installed and NOT at an FAA approved site (such as an AMA club field) will be in violation of the law.

 

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