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AMA requires you to register with FAA

On December 12, 2017, President Trump signed legislation that will reverse the earlier court ruling in the John Taylor case and restore the FAA’s UAS registration requirement, including for AMA members.

AMA believes that registration makes sense at some level, but has pushed for a more reasonable threshold. While we address these issues, members will be legally required to comply with the FAA registration requirement.


Following are some frequently asked questions. Answers are based on the information available at time of press and are subject to change.

Q: If I already registered, do I have register again?
A: You will not have to register again since this bill simply reverses the John Taylor case. We will share more as details emerge.

Q: Do I need to register again if I requested a refund and asked to be removed from the registration list?
A: You will need to re-register only if you received FAA confirmation that your request to be removed the database was honored.

Q: I did not request a refund/removal from registration database, will my registration number and expiration date stay the same?
A: Yes, your registration number and expiration date will remain the same unless you requested that the FAA remove your information from the database, and received FAA conformation of this removal.

Q: How do I register?
A: You can register at https://registermyuas.faa.gov. If you need assistance, please call 877 396 4636.


Q: Do I have to register every aircraft?
A: You only need to register your name, physical address, and email address once. You will receive a single FAA registration number which is to be placed inside all of your aircraft along with your AMA number.


Q: Do only drones and multirotor operators need to register?
A: Anyone who flies a model that can freely navigate in the air and uses a remote control device (e.g. RC transmitter) is required to register. This includes drones, traditional fixed wing model aircraft, model helicopters, and other remote controlled model aircraft. If you exclusively fly models under .55 pounds, indoors, control line, or free flight models - you do not need to register.


Q: Do I need to list both my AMA number and my federal registration number on my aircraft?
A: Yes, you need to list both your AMA number and Federal registration number on your aircraft. We are advocating to allow members to use their AMA numbers. We believe an AMA membership already meets the intent of registration, but at this time place both numbers on your aircraft.




Q: How does UAS registration affect my membership?
A: AMA club or member benefits are not contingent on UAS registration. We encourage all members to follow Federal regulations, but we are not policing UAS registration.


Q: Should clubs, contest directors, or event leaders require all pilots be registered?
A: No, we are not asking our clubs or contest directors to police UAS Registration. That decision is up to each individual club and event leader.



Q: I am an Affiliate Member, do not live in the US, or I am not a US Citizen. How do I register?
A:Everyone, including foreign nationals and tourists, who operate a UAS for hobby or recreational purposes outdoors in the U.S. must use the FAA’s online registration system. These non-U.S. citizens or non-permanent U.S. residents will receive the same registration certificate as U.S. Citizens or permanent U.S. residents. However, this certificate will function as a “recognition of ownership” document. This document is required by the Department of Transportation for foreign nationals to operate legally in the US.

Visiting pilots can only use a computer with a United States IP address to register. When arriving in the states, pilots can register using a US computer at a hotel, guest home, or even at AMA HQ. For assistance you can call 877 396 4636 or email AntiSpambotMailto('88|83|83|90|129|134|126|123|128|119|82|120|115|115|64|121|129|136', ' This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ') This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Q: I only fly CL, FF, or indoors - do I need to register?
A: No. If you exclusively fly indoors, FF, or CL you do not need to register.


Q: Can I fly my large model aircraft? Turbine jets?
A: Yes. The Special Rule for Model Aircraft, which is part of the 2012 FAA Modernization and Reform Act, allows AMA members to operate model aircraft over 55 lbs as long as they are operating in accordance with AMA’s Large Model Aircraft safety program. AMA members can also fly turbine jets provided the operator holds a current AMA Turbine Waiver.


Q: Does my large model aircraft require an N number?
A: AMA representatives, including AMA’s legal counsel, met with the FAA on January 15, 2016, and this was one of the many questions that were raised. The FAA representatives confirmed that AMA members, operating models under the Large Model Airplane Program, should not have to apply for an N number.



Q: Am I permitted to fly first person view (FPV)? Can I fly at night?
A: Yes. AMA members are still protected by the Special Rule for Model Aircraft, which is part of the 2012 FAA Modernization and Reform Act. As long as AMA members continue to follow AMA's safety guidelines for these activities, they can continue to fly. The guidelines listed on the FAA UAS website do not negate the modeling activities and related safety procedures established in AMA's community-based safety program.


Q: What happens if I don’t register?
A: According to the FAA, failure to register an unmanned aircraft may result in regulatory and criminal sanctions.


Q: Can I register by paper?
A: We understand there are AMA members who do not have a computer. The FAA offers a paper application, which currently is only available at local FAA Flight Standards Ditrict Offices (FSDO), but this process can take many months. If a member does not have a computer, we encourage them to have a club or family member help them register.


Q: I do not want to give my credit card information over the internet or have a computer? What should I do?
A: As for members who cannot or do not want to submit credit card information online, the FAA has agreed to accept gift credit cards such as Visa or Mastercard. You can purchase these gift cards, which closely resemble a credit card, through many retailers.

 

Toys for Tots December 2, 2017 at MASM field 9:00am to 2:00pm

We meet again at MASM flying field Saturday, December 2, 2017 with Toys for Tots. Bring a unwrapped two toys (one for girl and one for boy) between 9am and 2pm with you and fly your plane. If weather does not cooperate and does not permit, flying bring a toy anyway. Rex Williams will be there rain or shine from 9am until 2pm collecting toys which will be donated as Christmas gifts to needy children in the community.

Contact Rex Williams Jr if you have questions ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ). Click here to download the official MASM 2017 Toys for Tots flyer.

Click here for more information about the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation.

 

Merwin Ranch Memorial Fun Fly April 21 2017

Merwin Ranch Memorial Fun Fly April 21-23 2017

 

Merwin Ranch Memorial Fun Fly is April 21-23 2017 at MASM Flying Field.
(Gates will open Friday 8:00am for RV parking) 

Pilot registration $30.00 includes dinner, raffle ticket, T-Shirt or Mather Club polo
(Extra Dinner $15.00, Lunch available for purchase $10.00. Additional T-Shirt $10.00)

 Open to all flyers (AMA required):

 Must have current AMA
 All planes (NO FPV, NO MULTI-ROTOR), turbines welcome
 Night Flying Friday & Saturday night
 After 5:00 pm open flying for registered plots
 RV camping included (First Come First Serve)
 Newly extended 475’ runway
 Pilot Raffle for all: Sunday Drawing

CD's: Norman Poynter and Keith Fick.  Contact phone numbers in the official flyer.

MASM field is located in Sacramento County, California just north of the intersection of Eagles Nest Rd. and Kiefer Blvd. on the former Mather Air Force Base (about one mile south of Mather Golf Course). Click here for information and location of Mather Aerospace Modelers Flying Field.

 

Say no to illegal 4x4 !!!

 

No to illegal 4x4 If you (or any of the other members) observe any off road activity at Mather please call 911 and ask for County Park Ranger Dispatch.  A Ranger would dispatch immediately and hopefully catch the offender.  We are not asking you to police this illegal activity yourself, however it would be highly appreciated if the Mather Aerospace Modelers could call in these abusive acts.

 

With this heavy rain season we are seeing an elevated amount of illegal off road activity at Mather.  With your help we can curb this and help protect the Mather landscape.

 
 

20th Annual 3rd Annual Castle 2017 Giant Scale Fly-In

20TH ANNUAL
3rd Annual Castle 2017 ~ Giant Scale Fly-In.

HOSTED BY AMA CLUB 4021 ~ “CENTRAL CA MODEL FLYERS”

CASTLE AIRPORT, May 25-28, 2017

- Landing Fee - $35.00
- R.V. Camping for the Event - $40.00 or for Front Row - $60.00
- Pilot Automobile Parking – $5.00 for the entire event
- No Charge for Airplane Trailers, Tow Vehicles or Dinghys

Vendors * Raffle * Food

“IMAA” Legal Turbines Welcome

Scotty Malta, (Event Director & Registration) --
This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it (209) 617-5789

Rick Maida, (CD) – This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it (408) 460-1526




Documents to download:
  Pilot Pre-Registration Form
  Vendor Registration Form
  Participant Flyer
  VLATS Disclaimer
  Directions to the field
 

MASM Christmas Dinner is December 16, 2016

MASM Christmas Dinner is around the corner.  The date is set: Friday, December 16th, 2016 starting at 6pm. The place is:

  Elks Club Lodge
  11440 Elks Circle
  Rancho Cordova, CA 95742

The price is $36 per plate (includes table service) Menu:
  - your choice of entree-prime rib or baked chicken
  - baked potato
  - green beans with bacon,onions
  - your choice of caesar salad or tossed salad
  - garlic bread

Bar will be open from 6pm to 10 pm.  Dinner will be served at 7pm.  Awards & huge raffle right after.

Please R.S.V.P by November 25th with payment and entree selections by the above date. 
Mail your dinner selection and payment to:

Mather Aerospace Modelers.
8777 Auburn Folsom Rd. C520
Granite Bay, CA 95746

 

See you all there.

 

Toys for Tots December 3, 2016 at MASM field 9:00am to 2:00pm

We meet again at MASM flying field Saturday, December 3, 2016 with Toys for Tots. Bring a unwrapped two toys (one for girl and one for boy) between 9am and 2pm with you and fly your plane. If weather does not cooperate and does not permit, flying bring a toy anyway. Rex Williams will be there rain or shine from 9am until 2pm collecting toys which will be donated as Christmas gifts to needy children in the community.

Contact Rex Williams Jr if you have questions ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ). Click here to download the official MASM 2016 Toys for Tots flyer.

Click here for more information about the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation.

 

Watch for them SNAKES !!!

 

RattlesnakeI just wanted to give you a heads up.  I have run into three snakes at the field; one was a rattler who is no longer with us.  I have been going to the field around 9AM on Mondays and Wednesdays lately.  The snakes are using the telephone poles that are lying there on the gravel to stop the cars as a "highway".  Since it is shady they follow the telephone poles and the shade from one side of our field to the other.  That means when you step over the telephone pole there may be a snake on the other side traveling the "highway".  It happened to me twice; the third snake I encountered was by the garbage can. 

I just thought I might want other members to know.

 

 

Flying Field Regulations are changed June 2016

Hello fellow members,

 

I'm writing to let you know that MASM Flying Field regulations and operation rules has been changed last week.  We all should be familiar with the latest rules for our safety and safety of others.  Please check MASM field regulations and MASM Field Operational Rules.

Among other minor changes there are some important new requirements or restrictions:

1. FAA introduced new law regarding aircraft model operations early this year.  If you don't obey it you might get into real trouble with authorities.  See FAA website for detail information http://www.faa.gov/UAS/REGISTRATION/, and http://www.faa.gov/uas/model_aircraft/  :

- You must have a current FAA sUAS Registration Certificate in your possession to be permitted to fly.
- All aircraft must have visible markings of the FAA sUAS registration number.
- No flying when a TFR (Temporary Flight Restriction) is active.

2. The area west of Eagles Nest Rd is now off limits for model aircraft activities.  Historically we have this area available for hand launched gliders, even I don't remember anyone using it.  Now, because this area is dedicated as a protected species preserve, we no longer can use it.

3. "First Pilot View" (FPV) and pre-programmed or automated flying (aircraft with "mission" programmed into GPS) is banned.  We fly "by hand" looking from the ground and constantly controlling our aircraft.  On board cameras or video recorders are still allowed as long as they are not used for any means of controlling the aircraft.

4. Multi rotor aircraft (also known as "drones", "quads",  "sextas", "octas" etc.) are banned.  We, as AMA charter club, are interested in "scale aircraft" flying.  Traditional looking helicopters are still welcome, but (no offense) flying "Christmas tree stand" is not allowed in our field.

5. The 400ft vertical limit is still in place and it is now enforced by FAA.  Under any circumstances do not fly higher than 400ft above the ground.  This is the law.

6. Be always aware of the surrounding airspace, and always watch for full scale aircraft.  Our flying field is 2 miles from Mather Airport runway and just below the downwind leg of their traffic pattern.  Be specially alerted to low flying helicopters.  They may cut through our flying field as low as 500 ft above the ground (yes, legally they can fly that low here).  100 ft vertical separation is very close for full scale aircraft and it is called "near miss", which must be reported to FAA.  We do not want that.

Please, please, please, read these documents.  If you do not understand, or you do not agree with something let our officers know.  We will explain so it works out for you.

 

We are working with Mather Airport to obtain Letter Of Agreement (FAA recommended document when flying field is close to an airport) which will define "rules of engagement" for our flying without need to notify airport every time we want to go out.  Without such Letter OF Agreement we would be required by FAA to call Mather Airport every time we want to fly.  It is not practical for us and for Mather Tower.  We can expect that Letter Of Agreement will have the similar restrictions as we have now in our updated Field Regulation and Field Operational Rules.

 

Now after reading this long letter and making sure we read and understand both documents let's go flying safely.

 

--
Ryszard Malinowski,
Mather Aerospace Modelers, Inc.
Webmaster
 

Armed Forces Day Static Display is May 21, 2016

2016 MASM Armed Forces Day

 

MASM Armed Forces Day Static Display is held at California Aerospace Museum, 3200 Freedom Park Dr., McClellan, CA on Saturday, May 21, 2016.

We will have Airplanes for static display and RC Flight Simulator Programs.

The museum will open at 10am and we will be there till 5pm.

DIRECTIONS: From highway 50 take  WATT AVE NORTH until you get to FREEDOM PARK DR. Turn left (WEST) to the museum.  Or Goggle map quest:

California Aerospace Museum,3200 Freedom Park Dr., McClellan, CA.

Rex Williams Jr.


Download the official flyer.

 
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