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FAA Starts Working With Hobbyists To Draft Safety Guidelines For Model Aircraft And Drones

FAA is working with Academy for Model Aeronautics to create safety guidelines for model aircraft and UAS.

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The FAA today announced that it is working with the Academy for Model Aeronautics (AMA), the largest organization for model aircraft enthusiasts in the U.S., to create safety guidelines for model aircraft and drones.

Many model aircraft hobbyists already belong to the AMA or at least know about its guidelines (don’t fly higher than 400 feet, don’t fly within three miles of an airport, etc.). Recently, however, the advent of relatively affordable, easy-to-fly model aircraft — GPS-enabled quadcopters that can easily fly up to a thousand feet and even autonomous drones — has added a large number of new users. In addition, the FAA notes, some high-end model aircraft can now have wingspans over 20 feet and have multiple jet engines.

Given that the FAA has started its work on integrating commercial drones into the national airspace system, working with enthusiasts to create safety guidelines for how they can…

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