From Academy of Model Aeronautics. October 15th.
AC 91-57 Cancelled in Error
Last Friday, Oct 10th, it was announced that FAA Advisory Circular 91-57, “Model Aircraft Operating Standards”, published in 1981 was cancelled. This obviously caught the aeromodeling and sUAS community by surprise and left a lot of unanswered questions.
In a communication earlier today with Jim Williams, Executive Manager of the FAA UAS Integration Office, it was learned that the announcement was premature and the cancellation notice on the FAA webpage was posted in error.
FAA does plan to cancel AC 91-57 in order to reconcile the outdated AC with current sUAS policy and the “Special Rule for Model Aircraft” provided by Congress as part of the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012. However, this will occur at a later date and will be accompanied by additional information and an explanation as to the reason for the cancellation.
AMA members are encouraged to become familiar with the provisions of the Special Rule and continue to operate their model aircraft safely and responsibly in accordance with the National Model Aircraft Safety Code and the AMA Safety Program.
Special Rule for Model Aircraft
AC 91-57 – Model Aircraft Operating Standards
AMA Government and Regulatory Affairs
Seems like FAA is moving forward with updating the rules for UAV flight in the United States.
From the FAA:
Cancellation Notes AJV-11 Memo from Gary Norek
Date Cancelled October 10, 2014
Date Issued June 09, 1981
Responsible Office AJV-8, Air Traffic Procedures Description
Outlines, and encourages voluntary compliance with, safety standards for model aircraft operators.
This memorandum is to request cancellation. of AC 91-57 Model Aircraft Operating Standards.
This AC is superseded by statutory language in the FAA Modernization and Reform. Act of 2012, Section 336. The FAA has issued an interpretation regarding the scope of the special rule and the FAA’s enforcement authority over model aircraft as affirmed by the statute. The new interpretation also provides guidance to the model aircraft industry. Therefore the guidance in this AC is no longer applicable. A new AC is under development and will be coordinated with the appropriate offices.
A copy will be provided to your office for posting to your database.
If you have any questions regarding this request please contact Jackie Jackson. AJV-115 at 202 267 8177.