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11-15-2019, 01:11 AM
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Posted By franklin_m

As a former base leader, the other problem is DoD...

As a former base leader, the other problem is DoD rules on use of facilities by PRIVATE dues collecting organizations. Simply put, if the base (any base) allows one PRIVATE dues collecting...
10-11-2019, 03:28 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,972
Posted By franklin_m

IMO, the AMA EC's key mistake was believing their...

IMO, the AMA EC's key mistake was believing their own rhetoric. They spent so much time chest thumping on their safety management system, their influence, the idea that every pilot ever created...
10-08-2019, 02:44 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,972
Posted By franklin_m

Hydro. Thanks. I lay this at the feet of the...

Hydro. Thanks.

I lay this at the feet of the the two people driving governmental policy these past few years: Rich Hanson and Chad Budreau. Rather than work WITH the FAA back before 336, they did...
06-30-2019, 02:50 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,876
Posted By franklin_m

"Talks between FAA and AMA...?" You will...

"Talks between FAA and AMA...?"

You will note that he mentioned five groups. FOUR were staff members from various Senators, and JUST ONE person from FAA. Two were his home state Senator staffs, so...
06-20-2019, 05:19 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,876
Posted By franklin_m

250 feet max, no smoke, and single direction...

250 feet max, no smoke, and single direction traffic pattern. Looks like it's not what recreational folks "want," rather what FAA will allow.
06-18-2019, 04:51 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,061
Posted By franklin_m

So is JPO advising members to follow the 400 in...

So is JPO advising members to follow the 400 in class G? Ignore it? Or is JPO looking the other way?

With Kentucky Jets coming up, it will be interesting to catalog the community's compliance.
06-17-2019, 06:34 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,876
Posted By franklin_m

Next shoe to drop will be the test. AMA still...

Next shoe to drop will be the test. AMA still thinks that it'll be a "What is an airplane?" type trival questions. Reality is that it's going to look a lot more like the 107 than what AMA wants.
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06-15-2019, 09:10 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,876
Posted By franklin_m

FAA Sez CBO mbrs NOT legal to fly >400 AGL in class G

Back on the 11th, I sent the FAA a clearly worded set of questions to determine what is the true state of the 400 foot limit. AMA had implied that as a result of "direct communications with the FAA"...
06-13-2019, 11:28 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 3,082
Posted By franklin_m

Just as the Academy of Horse Drawn Carriage...

Just as the Academy of Horse Drawn Carriage Drivers (AHDCD) had to make room on the roads for cars, so too with the Academy of Model Aeronautics have to make way for new users of the airspace. It's...
06-13-2019, 10:17 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 3,082
Posted By franklin_m

What has a bigger negative effect on the hobby is...

What has a bigger negative effect on the hobby is ineffective lobbying / representation or, worse yet, no lobbying / representation ... which is what could easily happen if AMA doesn't fix itself....
06-13-2019, 05:24 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 3,082
Posted By franklin_m

Of your several posts here, noted below to...

Of your several posts here, noted below to refresh your recollection, all but three discuss AMA in one way or another. It seemed pretty clear to me that "the hobby" and AMA were used interchangably...
06-12-2019, 03:52 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 3,082
Posted By franklin_m

Airfield where Jets over Kentucky will be held is...

Airfield where Jets over Kentucky will be held is class G. I'm not aware that they have an FAA waiver to exceed 400 AGL, nor am I aware of any FAA waivers to exceed 400 AGL anywhere in the nation....
06-12-2019, 03:50 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 3,082
Posted By franklin_m

I honestly have no idea what you mean by this....

I honestly have no idea what you mean by this. The AMA is working to retain carve-outs for its members in controlled airspace, with mixed success. The FAA has said that even this is temporary, for...
06-12-2019, 03:08 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 3,082
Posted By franklin_m

It's clear that you and I disagree about the...

It's clear that you and I disagree about the value of AMA. What you call tearing down, I call holding them accountable for the decisions they make (financial, operational, legislative, etc.). I think...
06-12-2019, 02:53 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,030
Posted By franklin_m

Please do. I'll put it on a plaque entitled...

Please do. I'll put it on a plaque entitled "Recognition from the Emotional AMA Uber Alles Crowd"
06-12-2019, 02:52 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,030
Posted By franklin_m

The fact remains that despite the law being in...

The fact remains that despite the law being in place for quite some time before that, nobody had asked the question of the FAA. I did. And yes, so far as I can tell, I was the first. As for credit or...
06-11-2019, 01:31 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,030
Posted By franklin_m

With the fields being closed, AMA struggling to...

With the fields being closed, AMA struggling to get traction on the "carve outs" that many members expect, it's more than just me that are unhappy with them. As for the money thing, in case you...
06-11-2019, 01:01 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,030
Posted By franklin_m

I could care less whether they pass my emails...

I could care less whether they pass my emails around or draw straws for who gets to answer. The fact that they made an OFFICIAL post and had to make substantive corrections to it twice in less than...
06-11-2019, 10:27 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,030
Posted By franklin_m

They've changed that blog post twice in the last...

They've changed that blog post twice in the last 24 hours. All references to class G airspace have been removed.

Anyone care to guess why they don't say definitively whether AMA members can or...
06-10-2019, 01:08 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,030
Posted By franklin_m

AMA Acknowledges 400 foot AGL Limit in Class G

In a AMA Government Affairs blog post dated 6 June 2019, the AMA acknowledges that the current limit for limited recreational sUAS operations in class G airspace is indeed 400 feet above ground...
06-08-2019, 11:17 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,198
Posted By franklin_m

There's been two already. One sent early last...

There's been two already. One sent early last week to the government affairs email address. That went unanswered. I followed up with one to CB, JH, and cc MR, and that went unanswered as well. Four...
06-08-2019, 11:14 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 3,082
Posted By franklin_m

You may "enquire" (sic), but I prefer to be...

You may "enquire" (sic), but I prefer to be private with my travel plans. I'll be accompanying a former Safety School colleague on official business. I wouldn't want to compromise his anonymity.
06-08-2019, 08:36 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 3,082
Posted By franklin_m

I have every intention of participating ... as of...

I have every intention of participating ... as of now. Pending the answer to the question of course. I suspect FAA is researching the event locations I provided to cross reference with the type of...
06-08-2019, 08:33 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,198
Posted By franklin_m

That's why there was a blind copy on the email....

That's why there was a blind copy on the email. So when I send a follow up, asking why they did not respond, the BC will see that one too. Easy was to show that AMA isn't willing to answer direct...
06-08-2019, 05:48 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 3,082
Posted By franklin_m

Thankfully, I don't have to justify my question...

Thankfully, I don't have to justify my question to you or anyone else. Whether or not I participate is entirely my choice.
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