As part of my efforts to keep all FlyBoyz readers and fellow modelers updated regarding the status of the new FAA interpretive Rule, I am posting this brief video from the AMA which gives an overview of the issue. Additionally, I am posting the following information on the status of the FAA comment period which has been extended to September 23, 2014.
At the request of the AMA, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has granted a 60-day extension to the public comment period (Docket No. FAA-2014-0396) for FAA’s Interpretation of the Special Rule for Model Aircraft established by Congress as part of the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012. The 60-day extension establishes the new deadline for comments as September 23, 2014.
In the Department of Transportation-FAA notice published in the Federal Register Friday, 7/25, the FAA noted the following…
“On July 16, 2014, the Academy of Model Aeronautics submitted a request to extend the comment period by 60 days, citing the need to “educate the aeromodeling community, clarify the issues, and respond to questions regarding the impact that the interpretive rule has on various aspects of the modeling activity.” The FAA agrees that additional time for the submission of comments would be helpful, and therefore has decided to extend the comment period until September 23, 2014. The FAA expects that the additional time for comments will allow the affected community to prepare meaningful comments which will help the FAA to determine what clarifications to the interpretation may be necessary.”
More information on these topics can be found on the AMA’s Government Relations Blog which can be accessed by clicking here: AMA GOVERNMENT RELATIONS BLOG
Specific information on understanding the FAA’s interpretation of the rule and how to comment can be accessed by clicking here: Understanding the FAA’s interpretation of the rule and how to comment