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Your Action Needed – Micro UAS Amendment Needs Support

I am writing to ask you to contact your US Senators and House representatives to support the micro UAS” amendment to the 2016 FAA Reauthorization Act, H.R. 4441, offered by Illinois Rep. Rodney Davis.
This amendment removes the manned pilot license requirement and other red tape for commercial UAS operations for drones weighing less than 4.4 pounds (2 kg). I feel strongly that removing the manned pilot license is crucial for the UAS industry. I do not have confidence the upcoming part 107 “Final Rule” from the FAA will be on-time in terms of implementation, meaning when you can actually receive a drone pilot license. While I would like the manned pilot license requirement to be removed for all commercial UAS operations, removing it for drones under 4.4 pounds would be a terrific start. A DJI Phantom 3 for example weighs about 2.8 pounds.
To find your US Senator and Congressperson, use the following links:
HOUSE: http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/
SENATE: http://www.senate.gov/senators/contact/
THANK YOU!
Jeffrey Antonelli

Recruiting Pilots for Your Section 333 From RC Clubs

Don’t want to become a manned aircraft pilot? Call the RC clubs!

Many traditional radio-controlled aircraft hobby clubs sanctioned by the AMA (Academy of Model Aeronautics) have FAA licensed pilots who love flying remote controlled airplanes and drones. My own club has at least 2 or 3.

Any company can receive a Section 333 Grant of Exemption to fly drones commercially and legally as long as the person actually flying the drone has a pilot’s license. It is perfectly fine for a company to hire outside licensed pilots to fly their drones.

How the RC Clubs Can Get You a Pilot

Simply call or visit the AMA model clubs and ask if any of their members are licensed pilots who might be interested in being hired to fly drones for their company.

Here is a very easy way to find the contact information for all the clubs in your area: Just click and type in your zip code:

http://www.modelaircraft.org/clubsearch.aspx

Scroll down to see a sample search result for the Los Angeles zip code.

If your company would like assistance filing its own Section 333 petition to fly UAS commercially, contact firm principal Jeffrey Antonelli at 312-201-8310 or fill out the contact form below and we will contact you. New 2016 pricing is just $1,500 for most 333s.

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Sample search on AMA website for Los Angeles – over 40 RC clubs to recruit licensed pilots from within just 25 miles of zipcode 90012!

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