Ocean County Modelers (OCM) are obliged to comply with AMA and FAA rules and regulations.  However, proof of compliance regarding the new registration with the FAA will NOT be a requirement for OCM members to fly at Wiskow field.

We do encourage OCM members to register with the FAA  including 1) carry a copy of the FAA certification and 2) Label your UAS (unmanned aircraft systems), in case an FAA inspector was to visit the field.

FAA Rule:

This new FAA rule Part 107 would not apply to model aircraft that satisfy all of the criteria specified in section 336 of Public Law 112-95. Section 336(c) defines a model aircraft as an “unmanned aircraft that is – (1) capable of sustained flight in the atmosphere; (2) flown within visual line of sight of the person operating the aircraft; and (3) flown for hobby or recreational purposes.”

However the FAA says we all hobby related UAS  model aircraft must meet all of the following statutory criteria:

 • The aircraft is flown strictly for hobby or recreational use;

• The aircraft is operated in accordance with a community-based set of safety guidelines and within the programming of a nationwide community-based organization; (This means that anyone can get a copy of  any flying organization safety rules and use them to quality for this criteria).

• The aircraft is limited to not more than 55 pounds unless otherwise certificated through a design, construction, inspection, flight test, and operational safety program administered by a community-based organization;

• The aircraft is operated in a manner that does not interfere with and gives way to any manned aircraft; and  

• When flown within 5 miles of an airport, the operator of the aircraft provides the airport operator and the airport air traffic control tower (when an air traffic facility is located at the airport) with prior notice of the operation. ( This means that anyone flying a UAS within a 5 miles radius of an airport even in their back yard, must notify the airport, even if they are a member of an AMA club). OCM members flying at Wiskow Field have a notification on file with MDL Base, but only for our field.

 Because of the statutory prohibition on FAA rulemaking regarding model aircraft that meet the above criteria, model aircraft meeting these criteria would not be subject to the provisions of part 107 (Commercial Operations). However, although section 336(a) exempts certain model aircraft from FAA rulemaking, section 336(b) explicitly states that the exemption in section 336(a) does not limit the FAA’s authority to pursue enforcement action against those model aircraft that “endanger the safety of the national airspace system.” The FAA proposed to codify this authority in part 101 by prohibiting a person operating a model aircraft from endangering the safety of the NAS.

The FAA notes, however, that those model aircraft operations that do not wish to comply with a community-based set of safety guidelines and operate within the programming of a nationwide community-based organization will be able to simply conduct their operations under part 107. Part 107 was designed to impose the minimal burden necessary to ensure the safety and security of a small UAS operation.

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