As of May 21st, 2017 an Appeals Court ruling has shot down the FAA’s requirement that all model aircraft be registered. Just like that. This is as a result of attorney John Taylor’s suit that accused the FAA of “… unlawful overreach…”. Mr. Taylor is a life-long modeler who- after no one stepped up to challenge the FAA’s original decree- decided to take on the Feds himself. The AMA has advised that if you have already registered, to do nothing, since it appears the FAA may take this all the way to the Supreme Court. If you have not registered, as of this moment and going forward you are not required to do so. Keep the registration web site (http://registermyuas.faa.gov/) handy, however, until all Judicial processes are exhausted. Watch the AMA website for future updates.
2017 Flying Season Continues- Some Reminders…
We’re well into the flying season of 2017, and so far it’s been a great one. If you’ve not had a chance to get out- or only flown a few times- make a commitment to get in the air more often! Check your equipment, batteries, glow engines, aircraft condition. Once it’s all done, get out there and FLY.
Just make sure both you and your stuff truly airworthy. Take a moment and make sure everything is A-OK before you rush to get into the air. Don’t set yourself up for failure by skipping pre-flight checks, etc. Make your 2017 objective to return to Terra Firma safe and intact every time you fly.
Lastly, remember to review & follow the 2017 Field Rules Highlights: in particular, making sure you have a spotter anytime two or more aircraft are in the air, and don’t overfly areas you’re not supposed to overfly! Cooperate with your fellow pilots- share the skies, and fly safely.