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DOT/FAA announces proposed rules for sUAS

Sunday, February 15 – In a telephonic press conference held today, Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx and FAA Administrator Michael Huerta announced FAA’s long-awaited proposed regulation for the operation of commercial small unmanned aircraft in the national airspace.

As stated in the FAA press release, the “proposal offers safety rules for small UAS (under 55 pounds) conducting non-recreational operations. The rule would limit flights to daylight and visual-line-of-sight operations. It also addresses height restrictions, operator certification, optional use of a visual observer, aircraft registration and marking, and operational limits.”

“The new rules would not apply to model aircraft.  However, model aircraft operators must continue to satisfy all of the criteria specified in Sec. 336 of Public Law 112-95 (Special Rule for Model Aircraft), including the stipulation that they be operated only for hobby or recreational purposes.”

“The public will be able to comment on the proposed regulation for 60 days from the date of publication in the Federal Register, which can be found at, www.regulations.gov.”

All the information can be found on the AMA blog

National Model Aviation Day

AMA has selected August 15 for the National Model Aviation Day. We are in the process of planning for that day. Model Aviation Day is  a day that all AMA sanctioned clubs that can will hold a flying event that will give AMA members a great day of flying and friendship and encourage the general public to come out and see what model aviation is all about. Much of the proceeds will go to Support of Wounded Warrior Project.

In 2014 the model aviation community donated $100,000 to the Wounded Warrior Project

More information on the day can be seen at the Model Aviation Day website.

Model aviation community donates $100,000 to the Wounded Warrior Project

Through National Model Aviation Day celebrations around the country and the efforts of local modelers at approximately 200 AMA chartered clubs, the Academy of Model Aeronautics raised $100,000 in support of the Wounded Warrior Project. A large check was presented to Warrior Speak representative Norbie Lara during the AMA Expo held in Ontario, California on January 10.

Complete announcement can be viewed at http://www.modelaircraft.org/files/AMAClubsdonatetoWoundedWarriorProject.pdf

Flu Information

Some Good Advice from Member Tom Youens

Many already know this, but it might be worth while to pass this on to the members.

This years flu is already near epidemic proportions.  Although the vaccine is still worth while, the most dangerous strain has unfortunately mutated and is not covered by the vaccine.  There has already been many deaths in those over 65.  To me this means staying away from crowds as much as possible, as well as taking the flu vaccine.  You should also stay away from people if you have flu symptoms.

You can usually tell the flu from a cold by fever.  Colds do not usually cause elevated temperature, so if you have fever there is a high probability that it is the flu.  An antiviral (Tamiflu) is available and helps if taken early.  It’simportant to go to the doctor immediately if you have fever along with cold like symptoms.

Tom