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Old 02-10-2016, 04:00 AM
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AMA and FAA Reach an Agreement: DC SFRA Back Open to Model Aircraft
Dear members,
We are pleased to announce that AMA members in the Washington, D.C. metro area can resume model aircraft activities inside the D.C. Special Flights Rule Area (SFRA). After weeks of working closely with the FAA to find a resolution, the 14 AMA-charted clubs in the DC metro area can now return to safe operations starting on February 10.
On December 25, the FAA more than doubled the airspace around the D.C. metro area that it considers a 'no fly zone.' This meant that, in addition to the longstanding UAS prohibition in the Flight Restricted Zone (FRZ) around Washington, D.C., model aviation enthusiasts could not fly in several Virginia and Maryland counties as well. For our members who have been flying safely in the area for decades, this was unacceptable and AMA was committed to a finding a solution.
Thanks to the efforts of AMA’s Government Affairs team and your District IV Government Relations Committee, we successfully worked with the FAA to roll back these unnecessary flying restrictions in the SFRA. Today, the FAA updated the conditions for flying in the SFRA, issuing a permanent Notice to Airmen (NOTAM). It is important to note there is no change to the 15nm Flight Restricted Zone in D.C. The FRZ will continue to be a no-fly zone.
The FAA acknowledges that our members abide by federal and local policies and for decades have followed AMA’s comprehensive set of safety guidelines. AMA members’ unparalleled safety record shows that this time-tested community-based approach to model aircraft activity works, and helps ensure that hobbyists fly safely and responsibly.
We appreciate your support for AMA and look forward to our continued efforts to protect our hobby and all AMA members.
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AMA Government Affairs
You FPV guys better read this though, chapter 3

http://www.faa.gov/news/updates/?newsId=84787

Under the new procedures, hobbyists and recreational unmanned aircraft operators can fly aircraft that weigh less than 55 lbs. (including any attachments such as a camera) in the area between 15 and 30 miles of Washington, D.C. if the aircraft are registered and marked, and they follow specific operating conditions. The operating conditions require them to fly 400 feet or lower above the ground, stay in the operator's line of sight, only fly in clear conditions, and avoid other aircraft.


good luck boys
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I suspect that unfortunately the guys who are flying into the Empire State Building and otherwise are doing absolutely asinine things with models of any kind, not only drones, don't bother their one track minds with reading mundane stuff like this. They couldn't care less.
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Originally Posted by JollyPopper
I suspect that unfortunately the guys who are flying into the Empire State Building and otherwise are doing absolutely asinine things with models of any kind, not only drones, don't bother their one track minds with reading mundane stuff like this. They couldn't care less.
I hope they end up caring when they are cuffed, have to pay for an attorney, and end up getting seriously fined. And that's at the local level...then let the feds step in. Wonder if the footage they shot would be worth it then.

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