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10-07-2019 10:38 PM  7 days ago
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Wingmanrc39

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FAA RESTRICTIONS are going to ruin the hobby
I guess most everyone got the email today about the 400 foot limit they intend on setting for the hobby. Really???? Do they think that a rc plane or a rc helicopter as a possible threat? Pretty sure its drones that brought this on. It's a sad time to be an American. Government can't get along and keep taking things away from the public saying it's for the good of the American people. =-(

Dear member –

We need your assistance in an urgent matter. Late last week, the FAA unexpectedly informed us that, contrary to earlier commitments to AMA, the agency is planning to limit all recreational model aircraft operations to 400 feet in controlled airspace – with no exceptions. Additionally, the FAA is proposing restrictions in uncontrolled airspace to altitudes that could present safety issues as well as limit some model aircraft operations altogether. We were stunned by this proposal and are pushing back, but we need your help.
Keep your back 2 the Sun and GET-R-DONE!
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10-07-2019 10:46 PM  7 days ago
Mark Ryder

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Fight for Higher Flight!
https://www.modelaircraft.org/higher-flight <<< I submitted! >>>

AMA GOVERNMENT RELATIONS BLOG
http://amablog.modelaircraft.org/am...019/10/07/4029/
Dear member –

We need your assistance in an urgent matter. Late last week, the FAA unexpectedly informed us that, contrary to earlier commitments to AMA, the agency is planning to limit all recreational model aircraft operations to 400 feet in controlled airspace – with no exceptions. Additionally, the FAA is proposing restrictions in uncontrolled airspace to altitudes that could present safety issues as well as limit some model aircraft operations altogether. We were stunned by this proposal and are pushing back, but we need your help.

We urge you to send a letter to your elected representatives in Congress and ask them to contact the FAA on this critical issue. Please visit http://www.modelaircraft.org/higher-flight to contact your representative.

Congress specifically granted the FAA the flexibility to allow operations over 400 feet if safety would not be affected. The FAA has not provided AMA with any data that proves that our operations are a safety risk. As you know, our model aircraft operations do not pose any safety or security risk to local airports or aircraft. The FAA needs to honor the Congressional directive to work with AMA on these issues.

Because of the negative impact on so many AMA members and clubs, we are going to fight this proposal with every resource at our disposal. You, our members, are our best resource.

To have the maximum impact on this proposed policy as possible, please share this message with your friends, family and fellow club members who love our hobby. To learn more about this policy, please click here. Also monitor your emails for new information as we work to fight this restrictive policy. As always, we are committed to doing everything possible to protect the model aviation hobby. If you have questions, please contact us at (765)287-1256 or amagov@modelaircraft.org.

Sincerely,

The AMA Government Affairs Team
Mark Ryder
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10-07-2019 10:46 PM  7 days ago
rotorist

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What are you flying that you can see it at 400 foot?
Hell. I cant tell orientation past 300 foot.
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10-07-2019 10:52 PM  7 days ago
Mark Ryder

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Doing auto-rotations can easily go up past 400 feet.Mark Ryder
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10-07-2019 10:56 PM  7 days ago
Wingmanrc39

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Planes travel over 400ft often. That the size of a football field with the endzones. That's not that far at all. I guess it's ok if your flying small stuff.Keep your back 2 the Sun and GET-R-DONE!
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10-07-2019 10:57 PM  7 days ago
Wingmanrc39

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There was many flights that exceeded 400 ft at IRCHAKeep your back 2 the Sun and GET-R-DONE!
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10-07-2019 11:09 PM  7 days ago
spaceman spiff

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I dont have the e mail to confirm the details, but because of its location, the club i fly at us alowed a higher ceiling.
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10-07-2019 11:17 PM  7 days ago
Wingmanrc39

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spaceman spiff
If you read the letter that Mark posted you will see that it says No Exceptions.
Keep your back 2 the Sun and GET-R-DONE!
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10-08-2019 12:16 AM  7 days ago
mdm

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It seems that the FAA is free to do what ever it wants with a total disregard for the fact that model aircraft have been flown safely for decades. It is very frustrating to say the least!
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10-13-2019 01:22 AM  2 days ago
Chance

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What, you haven't had height restrictions up to now? In Australia we've had 400ft limit for many years and still manage to have lots of happy flyers. I've seen many people do autos from speck in the sky heights, it's not as though they monitor constantly. Ask Matt Botos or Nick Maxwell or any other visitors.
At my club we are within 3km of Melbourne's international airport and have a special 300ft limit which hasn't caused any problems. Once we had Federal police visit saying they detected someone flying over the limit but no-one was up at the time. Turned out it was an eagle!
Bottom line is 400ft is not an impossible restriction, maybe just occasionally inconvenient.
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