Update from AMA

Dear members,

Rep. Bill Shuster, who chairs the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, introduced a new draft of the FAA reauthorization bill, titled the “Aviation Innovation, Reform, and Reauthorization (AIRR) Act.” This bill is critical to preserving our voluntary, community-based approach to the model aviation community across the country.

While we are carefully reviewing the bill’s language, it is important to note that the Committee recognized the community-based approach under the “Special Rule for Model Aircraft.” The language in that section follows very similarly to Section 336 of the 2012 FAA reauthorization bill. We were also pleased to see that the new language recognizes the important role that model aircraft play in STEM education.

However, there are still some changes to the bill that could further strengthen and clarify the Special Rule for Model Aircraft. In the weeks ahead, we will be working closely with Chairman Shuster and the Committee on our suggested improvements.

We will keep you updated on this important bill and AMA’s ongoing work to protect our hobby.

As always, thank you for your support of AMA.

Dave Mathewson
Executive Director

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