Congressional Meetings Continue to Ramp Up


AMA In Action
By Tyler Dobbs, Senior Director of Government Affairs | [email protected]
As seen in the August 2022 issue of Model Aviation.

The AMA Government Affairs team traveled to Washington, D.C., in June to continue congressional meetings regarding U.S.C. 44809 implementation and the upcoming FAA Reauthorization. Many offices were discouraged at the slow pace of the implementation of current rules and showed an appetite to work with AMA on streamlining current altitude waiver processes. 
Additionally, AMA was asked to submit a list of priority “fixes” regarding our current legislative requirements for the 2023 FAA Reauthorization. When it is completed, this list will give Congress insight into the biggest obstacles facing our hobby and the actions that can be taken to reduce our current burdens. It is a testament to our membership that Congress values our input during the legislative process. 

(L-R): Chrystal Pearson, AMA director of government relations; Chad Budreau, AMA executive director; Matt Keennon, project manager for AeroVironment, Inc.; and Tyler Dobbs, senior director of government affairs, attended the NAA’s Robert J. Collier Trophy Dinner in Washington, D.C.

While in Washington, D.C., AMA staff attended the annual Robert J. Collier Trophy Dinner on June 9, 2022, honoring the NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory Ingenuity Mars Helicopter Team. This team includes AMA member Matt Keennon. 
AMA was honored to attend the award ceremony and genuinely enjoyed spending the evening with Christopher Senn, Counsel for the Subcommittee on Aviation, and Ranking Member Sam Graves, of Missouri. Christopher holds a degree in UAS and has frequented AMA flying sites throughout his career.
Matt and Christopher are perfect examples of how model aviation is truly a stepping-stone into extraordinary career paths. A child picking up a model aircraft today just might be flying one on a distant planet decades from now, or advising our leaders on how to make such a thing possible.  

(L-R): Chrystal, Chad, Christopher Senn, subcommittee on aviation counsel, and Tyler.

By Tyler Dobbs, Senior Director of Government Affairs | [email protected]


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When the congressional members were lobbied by the commercial drone alliance. And sect336 special rule for Model Airplanes was revoked in the FAA reauthorization bill of 2018. The Freedom to enjoy a hobby in the US was destroyed all for commercial interests nothing to do with safety. We have fascists in charge of our country.

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