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Thu, Oct 17, 2019

AMA Drone Report 10.10.19: FAA Restricts Model Av, Drone Safety, DRL RacerAI

Also: No Drones at Balloon Fiesta, Drone Finds 'Miracle Dog', NASA And Uber, Aero-TV: Senator Inhofe

In one of the most questionable moves made by the FAA under the leadership of a new Administrator, the world of model aviation has been targeted for questionable new restrictions.

AMA, after extremely aggressive efforts, is clearly shocked at the decision... as are we. The FAA unexpectedly informed AMA that, contrary to earlier commitments to the organization, the agency is planning to limit all recreational model aircraft operations to 400 feet in controlled airspace and there will be no exceptions. Although a 400 feet limit may work for a large number of AMA members, the sport has a number of disciplines that will need to go higher than these proposed heights. 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. AMA states that, “We were stunned by this proposal and are pushing back, but we need your help.” Despite recent setbacks from questionable decisions made by the FAA, it is more important than ever to display this community’s dedication to safety and professionalism. One way to do just that involves the upcoming Drone Safety Awareness Week. AMA is recommending your participation in Drone Safety Awareness Week, November 4-10, 2019. Drone Safety Week will engage UAS users and other stakeholders to help educate the public about drone operations and safety. The Drone Racing League (DRL) has launched the DRL RacerAI, the league's first-ever autonomous racing drone. Designed to be the first autonomous robot to defeat a human in a physical sport, the DRL RacerAI will help close the gap between artificial intelligence (AI) and human performance. The news comes out ahead of DRL's inaugural Artificial Intelligence Robotic Racing (AIRR) Circuit, which kicked off its four-event, autonomous drone racing series this week in Orlando, Florida. All this -- and MORE in today's episode of the AMA Drone Report!!!

AMA Drone Report 10.10.19 is chock full of info in this Weekly News Episode, Thursday, October 10th, 2019... Presented by Aero-TV veteran videographer and Airborne Hosts Sophie Hurlock, Brianne Cross, Christopher Odom, and Laura Hutson, and is supported by ANN CEO/Editor-In-Chief Jim Campbell, Chief Videographer Nathan Cremisino, and Aero-Journalist Tom Patton, this episode covers:

  • FAA to Impose Restrictions on the Hobby
  • Reminder: Drone Safety Awareness Week
  • Drone Racing League Launches DRL RacerAI
  • FAA: Enjoy The Balloon Fiesta, But Leave Your Drone At Home 
  • Drone Locates 'Miracle Dog' In Marsh Harbor
  • NASA And Uber Test System For Future Urban Air Transport 
  • Aero-TV: Radical Changes For Aviation - Senator Jim Inhofe Looks at UAVs

Get Comprehensive, Real-Time, 24/7 coverage of the latest aviation and aerospace stories anytime, at And be sure to join us again next week for the next edition of "AMA Drone Report" here on Aero-TV. Thanks for watching. See you, again, tomorrow!

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