February 16, 2011, 7:00 pm ET - Amendment SA 86 proposed by Senator Hutchison for Senator Inhofe.
February 16, 2011, 7:00 pm ET - Amendment SA 86 agreed to in Senate by Unanimous Consent.
Full Text of this Amendment
On page 245, between lines 7 and 8, insert the following:
(g) Special Rule for Model Aircraft.--
(1) IN GENERAL.--Notwithstanding any other provision of law relating to the incorporation of unmanned aircraft systems into FAA plans and policies,, including this section, the Administrator shall not promulgate any rules or regulations regarding model aircraft or aircraft being developed as model aircraft if such aircraft is--
(A) flown strictly for recreational, sport, competition, or academic purposes;
(B) operated in accordance with a community-based set of safety guidelines and within the programming of a nationwide community-based organization; and
(C) limited to not more than 55 pounds unless otherwise certified through a design, construction, inspection, flight test, and operational safety program currently administered by a community-based organization.
(2) MODEL AIRCRAFT DEFINED.--For purposes of this subsection, the term "model aircraft" means a nonhuman-carrying (unmanned) radio-controlled aircraft capable of sustained flight in the atmosphere, navigating the airspace and flown within visual line-of-sight of the operator for the exclusive and intended use for sport, recreation, competition, or academic purposes.
(As printed in the Congressional Record for the Senate on Feb 15, 2011.)