I just received the below message from the AMA. Please use the link to
visit the AMA website and submit a letter opposing these new restrictions
to our modeling activities. Help spread the word by forwarding this
message to other modelers and posting a printout at common flying sites.
President, Ute RC Assoc.
*You are receiving this email because of your affiliation with the Academy
of Model Aeronautics.*
Utah is rapidly pushing through legislation that is harmful to the
operation of model aircraft and violates federal authority.
While perhaps well intended, Utah bill S.B. 111 mandates that modelers must
operate below 400 feet. While this altitude limit may be appropriate for
some modelers, this bill prohibits safe and federally-approved operations
over 400 feet. AMA members could unjustly face misdemeanors for following
AMA's safety programming by operating sailplanes, turbine aircraft, large
model aircraft, and other disciplines above 400 feet. S.B. 111 also
penalizes model pilots who have been FAA certified, by prohibiting them
from conducting commercial operations over 400 feet, even with an FAA
Also, this bill's airport notification requirement is not consistent with
federal guidelines and could be problematic during the notification process.
We encourage all AMA members in Utah to take action by telling Utah
legislators and the governor you oppose S.B. 111!
Please act today by visiting www.modelaircraft.org/gov/sb111.
AMA Government Affairs Team