Notice to Flyers (pilots) Who Wish to Fly at
Macon Aero Modelers (MAM) Flying Field
Subject: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Remote ID Requirements
Background: Because of airspace incursions, bad behavior by flyers and potential for collisions with private and commercial aircraft, the FAA mandated that Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) operators register their aircraft and comply with safe practices.
Resources: FAA and Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) websites. [AMA website is www.modelaircraft.org].
Three Ways to Comply:
1. Standard Remote ID. Broadcast equipment built into model aircraft at manufacturer level.
2. Broadcast Modules. For almost ready to fly (ARF) aircraft or kits. Homebuilt aircraft/drones; older and existing aircraft.
3. FAA Recognized Identification Areas (FRIA). Flying sites sponsored by Community Based Organizations (CBO) operating under visual line-of-sight rules and safety procedures. Broadcast modules will not be required. UAS flight operations at an AMA flying site; example, Macon Aero Modelers (MAM) flying field.
Operators flying at MAM comply with existing AMA and club safety rules.
Current Status: Macon Aero Modelers submitted an application to AMA in December, 2022 to become a FRIA approved site. UAS flyers must comply with one of the above FAA Remote ID procedures by September 16, 2023.
Actions You Must Take if you Wish to Fly at Macon Aero Modelers flying field.
1. Be an Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) member in good standing.
2. Be a member of Macon Aero Modelers (MAM) in good standing (dues paid and current).
3. Register your aircraft with the FAA www.faadronezone.faa.gov. Note: Registration cost $5 every three years. You receive a Small UAS Certificate of Registration.
4. Take “The Recreational UAS Safety Test (TRUST)” at the AMA website. AMA is sanctioned by FAA to offer this test for AMA members. It is a non-fail test that takes about 20 minutes of your time and essentially reinforces AMA’s safety code.
5. FAA requires that your FAA number be visible on the outside of your aircraft/glider/drone. Flyers should also put their AMA number and contact information on the inside of your aircraft.