Originally Posted by Murocflyer
Similar thread with info here: http://www.wattflyer.com/forums/showthread.php?t=60335
It's good to have these kind of discussions to make sure everyone is on the same page and fully understand what is happening in model aviation.
There are some folks here that may not understand the complexities of the upcoming FAA regulations since they can be at times very confusing. Check out the link above since it contains a number of links and even a podcast that explains the current events that effect us.
Thanks Frank! Count me as one who doesn't understand "the complexities of upcoming FAA regulation" because I went through that entire thread and found nothing quoted from any future FAA regulation. The only text is from the AMA's own suggested language.
Perhaps even worse, one poster pointed out something I missed: that in order to fly RC models under the AMA's own language, we would all be required to participate in an "operational safety program currently administered by a community-based organization."
That was piggybacked behind the quote I provided, above, that said organization must be nation-wide.
Interesting, since there is no such restriction on flying actual airplanes.
I was happy to see all those who agreed with the position I am taking here, and objected to the "No AMA dues -- no flying" actions written by the AMA to wedge unsolicited legislation onto any new FAA bill. According to the thread, that bill (apparently, but is never quoted) might be used to regulate the commercial application of UAVs used to take pictures and video. That of course, has nothing to do with the RC hobby unless the AMA is successful in linking the two.