The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) functions as a regulatory agency under the U.S. Department of Transportation with a primary mission of ensuring the safety of civil aviation. “Civil aviation” includes all non-military, private, and commercial aviation activities, including aerospace activities.
The FAA has been very engaged in a review of aeromodelling (referring to the hobby as unmanned aircraft systems or “UAS” and sometimes aggregating all types of models as “drones”). If you would like to learn more about updates from the FAA, please click here.
The FAA has requested that aeromodellers register models which meet or exceed certain defined weight limits. If you would like to register one or more of your models, click here.
The Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) is the official national body for model aviation in the United States and is the world’s largest model aviation association, representing a membership of nearly 200,000 from every walk of life, income level, and age group. The AMA has actively advocated for aeromodellers’ interests with the FAA. Please click here for updates from the AMA concerning its interactions with the FAA.