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FAA Special Rule section 336

 

[112th Congress Public Law 95]
[From the U.S. Government Printing Office]



[[Page 126 STAT. 11]]

Public Law 112-95
112th Congress

                                 An Act



To amend title 49, United States Code, to authorize appropriations for
the Federal Aviation Administration for fiscal years 2011 through 2014,
to streamline programs, create efficiencies, reduce waste, and improve
aviation safety and capacity, to provide stable funding for the national
aviation system, and for other purposes. <<NOTE: Feb. 14, 2012 -  [H.R.
                                 658]>>

    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the
United States of America in Congress assembled, <<NOTE: FAA
Modernization and Reform Act of 2012.>>
SECTION 1. <<NOTE: 49 USC 40101 note.>> SHORT TITLE; TABLE OF
                              CONTENTS.

    (a) Short Title.--This Act may be cited as the ``FAA Modernization
and Reform Act of 2012'.

 

 

 

SEC. 336. <<NOTE: 49 USC 40101 note.>> SPECIAL RULE FOR MODEL
                        AIRCRAFT.

    (a) In General.--Notwithstanding any other provision of law relating
to the incorporation of unmanned aircraft systems into Federal Aviation
Administration plans and policies, including this subtitle, the
Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration may not promulgate
any rule or regulation regarding a model aircraft, or an aircraft being
developed as a model aircraft, if--


            (1) the aircraft is flown strictly for hobby or recreational
        use;


            (2) the aircraft is operated in accordance with a community-
        based set of safety guidelines and within the programming of a
        nationwide community-based organization;


            (3) the aircraft is limited to not more than 55 pounds
        unless otherwise certified through a design, construction,
        inspection, flight test, and operational safety program
        administered by a community-based organization;


            (4) the aircraft is operated in a manner that does not
        interfere with and gives way to any manned aircraft; and


            (5) 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 (model
        aircraft operators flying from a permanent location within 5
        miles of an airport should establish a mutually-agreed upon
        operating procedure with the airport operator and the airport
        air traffic control tower (when an air traffic facility is
        located at the airport)).

    (b) Statutory Construction.--Nothing in this section shall be
construed to limit the authority of the Administrator to pursue
enforcement action against persons operating model aircraft who endanger
the safety of the national airspace system.


    (c) Model Aircraft Defined.--In this section, the term ``model
aircraft' means an unmanned aircraft that is--


            (1) capable of sustained flight in the atmosphere;

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            (2) flown within visual line of sight of the person
        operating the aircraft; and


            (3) flown for hobby or recreational purposes.

 

 


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