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  • Fred Kingsbury
    Presented by KPC RC and the Rhode Island Aeormodelers
    Saturday August 28, 2021 at 9am
    Beattie Field 196 Division Road, Greenwich, RI
    Join us for a great day of flying and ground demonstrations in honor of Joseph Candela.
    There will be Swap Meet tables, Prop Plan, Jet, Helicopter, Scale Crawling and other demonstrations.
    Not sure if RC Crawling is for you? Ask the folks from KPC and they will let you try one out!
    Those interested in a table for the Swap Meet, tables are $10 each if registered by August 14 and $15 the day of the show. Contact cmunise@hotmail.com
    We will also be raffling off an RC Airplane to be purchased at Creative Hobbies.
    All Proceeds will benefit AMA which continues to advocate for scale flying hobby.
     


  • Admin

    FAA Interim Final Ruling - Important

    By Admin, in News,

    All,  we need to start displaying the FAA number on our RC planes and drones starting Feb 25th based on the interim final ruling issued by the FAA.   Other articles on this page and the banner at the bottom explain how to get an FAA number if you dont have one.
    https://amablog.modelaircraft.org/amagov/2019/02/13/faa-issues-interim-final-rule-for-external-marking-requirement/
     

  • Admin
    On December 12th, President Trump signed the National Defense Authorization Act which reinstated the FAA's sUAS registration requirement. As a result, ALL 'drones', which under the law are defined as any small Unmanned Aircraft System, or in plain English- ANY RC aircraft weighing more than 0.55LBS and less than 55LBS.   We strongly encourage all LLFC members to comply with the law until such time as the AMA can either secure a waiver allowing AMA members to use their AMA number instead or until further legal challenges and changes are made. 

    From the FAA Website: " You will be subject to civil and criminal penalties if you meet the criteria to register an unmanned aircraft and do not register. "

    Again, the Law defines Model Aircraft  as follows (originally from the FAA website FAQ)

    Is a UAS the same as a model aircraft?
    Congress defined a "model aircraft" as a UAS that meets all of the following: Is capable of sustained flight in the atmosphere Is flown within visual line-of-sight of the person operating it Is flown for hobby or recreational purposes
    We prefer to take a better safe than sorry approach to this issue. We'll be updating our member application to include your FAA registration number again as well as your AMA number.

    The law doesn't require you to register every plane/heli/drone you own. Only that you register yourself and affix the FAA number somewhere on your aircraft. It can be hidden inside the battery compartment as long as the number can be easily accessed with simple tools - like a screwdriver.
    If you haven't already registered, you can do so here: https://registermyuas.faa.gov/register
    The AMA has created a small FAQ to answer questions about this matter, and you can find it here: http://www.modelaircraft.org/aboutama/faa-uas-faq.aspx

     

  • Admin
    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.

  • Admin
    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.   Thank you, 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.

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