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View Poll Results: What will you do if Special Rule 366 is not renewed?
Full compliance - obtain the proper FAA license and pay the fees. 2 33.33%
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Old 04-15-2018, 02:32 PM   #1
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Our hobby is currently exempt from full FAA regulation under Special Rule 366. However, the exemption may expire in September of this year unless Congress votes to extend it again.

If they don't, anyone flying RC would be required by law to obtain an FAA license. That entails in-person testing and considerable fees.

The current $5 registration and placing of an FAA issued number on all RC aircraft is being ignored by many. Chances of being caught and prosecuted are very slim. However, should the FAA take over, that may change. Instead of local police or sheriff departments being the enforcement agent (they have better things to do), FAA agents would be in charge. Fines for non-compliance could be significant.

If Special Rule 366 is not renewed, what will you do? Please vote.

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Old 04-15-2018, 06:24 PM   #2
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Originally Posted by Stay Quiet View Post
Our hobby is currently exempt from full FAA regulation under Special Rule 366. However, the exemption may expire in September of this year unless Congress votes to extend it again.

If they don't, anyone flying RC would be required by law to obtain an FAA license. That entails in-person testing and considerable fees.

The current $5 registration and placing of an FAA issued number on all RC aircraft is being ignored by many. Chances of being caught and prosecuted are very slim. However, should the FAA take over, that may change. Instead of local police or sheriff departments being the enforcement agent (they have better things to do), FAA agents would be in charge. Fines for non-compliance could be significant.

If Special Rule 366 is not renewed, what will you do? Please vote.
From what I understand, Congress will not need to be involved in order for Rule 366 to be extended.....the FAA was given the authority at the time the Rule was passed by Congress, to extend or retract deadlines and even raise or lower fees regarding their enforcement of all UAS recreational "hobby" sport craft......If the FAA desires to change the format or language of the current "enforceable" law, then Congress must get involved.
There are a few commercial UAS rules that have expiring "curfews".......many of those will not need Congress intervention as well. In those cases, unless a local governing body or the FAA it's self desire to change format or language related to current "enforceable" law, Congress will require amendments to be approved by a special council already appointed to facilitate such.....

For the sake on conversation, here's a link that helps ID some of the exempt UAS that will not be effected.....:
https://www.faa.gov/uas/getting_star...gistration.pdf
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Link to contact your local representatives. Fill their mailboxes...

http://www.modelaircraft.org/aboutama/protect336.aspx

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Link to contact your local representatives. Fill their mailboxes...

http://www.modelaircraft.org/aboutama/protect336.aspx
Hell.......my "local authorities" not just AMA rep's, have much bigger fish to fry than bug them with a RC recreation......Like homeless living in my RC recreation spaces, harboring illegal border busters, issuing drivers licenses to illegal border busters, letting illegal border busters vote.......the list goes on and on.....I live in a sanctuary County........I'd rather spend my energy helping the legit representatives around here with things that effect my families and friends personal well being.

Anyway, given the money, strength and influence the AMA lobbyists have (most here at WF have no idea who actually throws large amount of $$$ at the AMA).... like birdDog has posted, one is probably better off (non members included) using that resource to "fill" a Govt. rep's mailbox.....:

Like them or not.....they are truly the biggest influence this hobby has......If you don't believe that, you haven't done your homework.....
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I griped when the FAA registration started, everyone said "it's only 5 bucks"... I said yeah, for now.

I saw this coming back then, it is only going to get worse guys. Our dollars are minuscule in the grand scheme of things but our Gov't is like that movie the blob, it just keeps ever expanding and consuming everything in its path.

I try to be neutral as I work for the Federal Gov't but that also give me an insight as to how things work. It is not pretty and we will do whatever we can to get every penny we can. I work for the National Park Service and to be quite honest I do everything I can just to get the funds to operate my communications center, but our radio system is outdated and failing and just to replace that is going to be about $6 million. now multiply that exponentially across all other branches of the gov't and projects that need doing. The park service alone has a $4 billion backlog of maintenance issues and that is one branch of the Dept of Interior. The USAF has to fix and F-22 that had a belly up landing this weekend...probably in the 10's of millions to fix... And all this is just for real stuff, that needs doing, now add all the waste in. ugh

The Gov't will not stop trying to get your money... no matter if it's 5 bucks or 500, but they will not stop trying to make it more either. It's coming, be ready.

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