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General Information => News => Topic started by: Sonny Coleman on February 13, 2019, 03:59:10 pm

Title: FAA's Interim Final Rule on Registration
Post by: Sonny Coleman on February 13, 2019, 03:59:10 pm
Notice from the AMA:

We're writing to let you know the FAA issued an Interim Final Rule today that will require drone pilots and model aircraft pilots to display their FAA-issued registration number on the outside surface of their aircraft. The rule will take effect on Monday, February 25, which means the markings must be in place for any outdoor flight beginning on that date.
Although most AMA members already have their FAA registration number posted on the outside of their aircraft, AMA will be submitting comments to the FAA requesting a waiver process for those who might be burdened by external markings, such as members who fly scale replica model aircraft. Most importantly, this rule does not change the original acceptable methods of external marking, nor does it specify a particular external surface on which the registration number must be placed. The requirement is simply that the registration number must be seen upon visual inspection of the aircraft's exterior.
As you know, the registration requirement is not new. Congress reinstated this requirement in December 2017 with the passage of the National Defense Authorization Act. Although this rule was flexible and allowed the registration marking to be placed in an enclosed compartment, law enforcement officials and FAA partners have expressed concerns about the safety risks a concealed explosive device could pose to first responders when opening a compartment to find a registration number.
If you would like to submit your own comment on the Interim Final Rule, simply visit and search for "RIN 2120-AL32." You can also visit to learn more. The deadline for public comment ends on March 15, 2019.
If you are uncertain if you have a valid FAA registration, you can access your FAA account at This site will allow you to view your personal FAA registration number and expiration date. We strongly advise you to avoid registering your model aircraft anywhere other than the official FAA website. If you register under Section 336, there is a $5 fee for a three-year registration, and hobbyists receive one identification number for all of their aircraft. Please be aware of unofficial registration websites that charge exorbitant fees or require separate registration fees for each recreational aircraft.
We continue to work closely with the FAA to determine the best path forward regarding recreational UAS operating requirements. As always, thank you for your continued support, and please reach out with any questions.

Thank you,
AMA Government Affairs
Title: Re: FAA's Interim Final Rule on Registration
Post by: Joystick on February 13, 2019, 04:40:31 pm
I have one plane done.

Why not just have all the people who want to use guns, drones, and planes illegally register their things?

Title: Re: FAA's Interim Final Rule on Registration
Post by: Sonny Coleman on February 14, 2019, 10:02:30 am
That's where lawmakers and the looney left totally lose reality (some much more than others). The individuals who use their guns for shooting innocent people and to rob the public didn't go through a federal gun registration process, much less get a state concealed hand gun license, as do the legal gun owners who play by the rules.

The guys flying their drones thousands of feet up illegally and flying over airport runways most probably won't have FAA registration numbers on their aircraft either. Our crooked lawmakers typically make knee jerk decisions that on the surface look good to the general public without bothering to really research problems or do any true personal investigations themselves to get to true understanding of the issues nor do they (lawmakers) get to the root of any of their problem(s).   

Yes, we the AMA registered club members will have to play along with these silly R/C hobby mandates because we too play by the rules, while the problems will still persist to the point they, (our fine elected officials), will probably create additional, more severe, legislation for us to abide by. Empty rules designed and implemented by the empty suites that "Represent" us.

Sonny Coleman
Title: Re: FAA's Interim Final Rule on Registration
Post by: Lane C. on February 14, 2019, 07:18:15 pm
The game being played here is "boiling the frog one degree at a time" much like the gun control laws that are "death by a thousand cuts." And as with "gun control" legislation, the idea isn't to force criminals to turn in their guns, but to eventually take them away from the honest gun owners. Same with the FAA and RC models. They care not about the illegal flyers of drones, but use them as an excuse to ban/take control of ALL RC aircraft. It's a steady "requirements creep" that will continue until they get them under TOTAL FAA control. The FAA has lied to the AMA all along and the AMA has been led around by the nose, rather naively believing all the stories and assurances the FAA has put forth. The "story" that first responders are somehow going to be at risk examining a downed drone for the registration number is just another walk of shame down the "primrose path" to greater control. That's the cover story this week, but what's it gonna be next week or next year? We may not be able to do much about it, but at least admit to yourself what's REALLY going on!