From the AMA:
"AMA members are now required by regulation to register their aircraft with the FAA to avoid federal enforcement and potential penalties. All Radio Control modelers must register aircraft weighing greater than 0.55 pounds online no later than February 19, 2016. The registration fee is $5. However, FAA is offering free registration when registering on or before midnight EST on January 21. Online registration can be accomplished on the FAA webpage at, RegisterMyUAS.faa.gov . Several AMA staff members and AMA leaders have been working with legal counsel and the FAA to find a solution for our members on the registration rule. To date, FAA has agreed in principle to several proposed initiatives that will help ease this process for our members in the future. Visit modelaircraft.org/gov to learn more."
This means, every member of the LLFC MUST register as per the AMA and FAA requirement. Please take care of this as soon as possible.
Academy of Model Aeronautics Member Communication
Thursday, December 17, 2015
Dear AMA Members,
Yesterday, the AMA Executive Council unanimously approved an action plan to relieve and further protect our members from unnecessary and burdensome regulations. This plan addresses the recently announced interim rule requiring federal registration of all model aircraft and unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) weighing between 0.55 and 55 pounds.
AMA has long used a similar registration system with our members, which we pointed out during the task force deliberations and in private conversations with the FAA. As you are aware, AMA's safety program instructs all members to place his or her AMA number or name and address on or within their model aircraft, effectively accomplishing the safety and accountability objectives of the interim rule. AMA has also argued that the new registration rule runs counter to Congress' intent in Section 336 of the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012, otherwise known as the "Special Rule for Model Aircraft."
The Council is considering all legal and political remedies to address this issue. We believe that resolution to the unnecessary federal registration rule for our members rests with AMA's petition before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. This petition, filed in August 2014, asks the court to review the FAA's interpretation of the "Special Rule for Model Aircraft." The central issue is whether the FAA has the authority to expand the definition of aircraft to include model aircraft; thus, allowing the agency to establish new standards and operating criteria to which model aircraft operators have never been subject to in the past.
In promulgating its interim rule for registration earlier this week, the FAA repeatedly stated that model aircraft are aircraft, despite the fact that litigation is pending on this very question. The Council believes the FAA's reliance on its interpretation of Section 336 for legal authority to compel our members to register warrants the Court's immediate attention to AMA's petition.
While we continue to believe that registration makes sense at some threshold and for flyers operating outside of a community-based organization or flying for commercial purposes, we also strongly believe our members are not the problem and should not have to bear the burden of additional regulations. Safety has been the cornerstone of our organization for 80 years and AMA's members strive to be a part of the solution.
As we proceed with this process, we suggest AMA members hold off on registering their model aircraft with the FAA until advised by the AMA or until February 19, the FAA's legal deadline for registering existing model aircraft.
Holding off on registration will allow AMA time to fully consider all possible options. On a parallel track, it also allows AMA to complete ongoing conversations with the FAA about how best to streamline the registration process for our members.
In the near future, we will also be asking our members to make their voices heard by submitting comments to the FAA's interim rule on registration. We will follow-up soon with more detailed information on how to do this.
Thank you for your continued support of AMA. We will provide you with more updates as they become available.
The AMA Executive Council
Bob Brown, AMA President Gary Fitch, AMA Executive Vice President Andy Argenio, AMA Vice President, District I Eric Williams, AMA Vice President, District II Mark Radcliff, AMA Vice President, District III Jay Marsh, AMA Vice President, District IV Kris Dixon, AMA Vice President, District V Randy Cameron, AMA Vice President, District VI Tim Jesky, AMA Vice President, District VII Mark Johnston, AMA Vice President, District VIII Jim Tiller, AMA Vice President, District IX Lawrence Tougas, AMA Vice President, District X Chuck Bower, AMA Vice President, District XI
The AMA had the following to say about today's announcement by the FAA.
"Today the FAA announced plans for a model aircraft registration process to begin next week. AMA was a member of the task force that helped develop recommendations for this registration rule and argued throughout the process that registration makes sense at some level but only for those operating outside the guidance of a community-based organization or flying for commercial purposes.
Unfortunately, the new FAA registration rule does not include our advice. The rule is counter to Congress's intent in the Special Rule for Model Aircraft and makes the registration process an unnecessary burden for all of our members who have been operating safely for decades.
While we are disappointed with the new registration rule and still maintain that AMA members should be exempt from registration, the rule is being implemented over AMA objections. Therefore, we want to provide you with important information about the registration rule and how AMA members can comply with the new federal requirements:
All aircraft that are flown using a ground control system, such as a transmitter, are required to participate. This includes fixed-wing aircraft, not just multirotors or drones.
Any pilot flying models weighing between .55 pounds (or 250 grams) and 55 lbs is required to register.
You will not be required to register every aircraft individually. You only need to register yourself and can affix one registration number to all your aircraft.
You must mark all aircraft with your registration number. The number can be inside the aircraft, such as a battery hatch - but should not require tools to access.
The FAA plans to launch the online registration website on Monday, December 21.
There is a $5 fee to register, which is waived if you register within the first 30 days.
You only need to register once every 3 years.
We are still working out the logistics for this process. Some details are still being discussed, including:
We are seriously discussing with the FAA a system where your AMA number could be used as your federal registration number as well. At this point, this is only a proposal and details are not yet finalized.
At this time, AMA members will not automatically be registered when the registration website launches next week. However, we are in conversations with the FAA about the best way to streamline the registration process for AMA members going forward.
This is an ongoing process and we will continue to provide updates on the registration rule. Stay tuned to modelaircraft.org/gov, social media and your email for the latest news on the registration process.
AMA Government Relations and Advocacy Team"
Regardless of the AMA's efforts to change or alter this requirement, we can expect that come Monday December 21, 2015 everyone flying at the LLFC Field will fall under the guidelines and be required to register. If the requirement doesn't change, and there is little reason to expect it will at this time, we may need to mandate registration as part of flying at the LLFC field. We'll keep you informed as to when or if this will become necessary.
In the meantime, you can learn more about the requirements at the FAA's registration site.
Save the date! Sunday November 22, 2015 at 1:00pm!
It's time for our annual meeting once again. As always it will be held at the Wrentham Development Center Auditorium. You will need to enter through the FRONT DOOR ONLY. The side door will remain locked.
Please make plans to attend. This is our largest meeting of the year and where we discuss any needed changes to bylaws or safety guidelines. It is also our annual officer election.
There are two officers who will not be seeking re-election this year.
Tom Warschal will not be seeking re-election to the Vice Presidency and Tim Bailey has decided not to seek another term as Secretary.
We will also be discussing changes to the Club Safety guidelines to bring them up to date with the most recent AMA Safety Guidelines released in 2014. Our standards are based on the outdated 2002 standards.
We will also be clarifying some of the rules and guidelines laid out in our Bylaws that seem to have been allowed to lapse or have otherwise been ignored.
If you have questions, interests or topics you'd like to bring up at the meeting, please be on time. We'd like to keep things as short as possible so everyone can get on with their Sunday.
It's that time again. Time to cook up your best dish and bring it out to the club field to share! Sunday July 19, 2015 we'll be having our pot luck at the field. Everyone is invited. The club will provide drinks, ice, and the grill.
Time: 11:00AM - 3:00PM
Bring enough to share and a plane to fly!
AMA open membership is required to fly.
You can RSVP using the club calendar: