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Wed, Aug 31, 2016

AMA Exempt From Earning A Part 107 Remote Pilot’s Certificate

Model Aircraft Group Says Its Members Are Exempt When Flying Strictly As Hobbyists

Effective August 29, 2016 the FAA began to require sUAS pilots performing commercial operations, or those not operating within the programing of a "community-based organization", to earn a remote pilot’s certificate and to operate within the provisions of Part 107. To earn this certificate, pilots must take a test at an FAA testing center before conducting flight. The cost for this test is approximately $150.

While this new federal rule applies to many sUAS operators, the Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) says in a blog post that its members flying under its safety program for recreational operations are exempt.

Part 107 does not alter the recreational rules for hobbyists who operate under and fully comply with Section 336, the Special Rule for Model Aircraft. AMA members not conducting commercial operations are exempt from Part 107 and the remote pilot certificate requirement. It should also be noted that AMA member who choose to obtain a Remote Pilot’s Certificate can still operate in accordance with and within AMA’s safety program when flying their sUAS (model aircraft) for recreational and hobby purposes.

While AMA members operating strictly for hobby and recreational purposes are not subject to Part 107, the FAA still requires hobbyists to comply with the registration requirement in Part 48 here. This is an issue the AMA is working to resolve. You can read answers to frequently asked questions here.

You can learn more about FAA’s Part 107 here.

(Image from file)

FMI: www.modelaircraft.org

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