1. A model aircraft shall
be defined as a non-human-carrying
device capable of sustained flight in the atmosphere. It shall not
exceed limitations established in this code and is intended to be used
exclusively for recreational or competition activity.
2. The maximum takeoff weight of a model aircraft, including fuel, is
55 pounds, except for those flown under the AMA Experimental Aircraft
3. I will abide by this Safety Code and all rules established for the
flying site I use. I will not willfully fly my model aircraft in a
reckless and/or dangerous manner.
4. I will not fly my model aircraft in sanctioned events, air shows, or
model demonstrations until it has been proven airworthy.
5. I will not fly my model aircraft higher than approximately 400 feet
above ground level, when within three (3) miles of an airport without
notifying the airport operator. I will yield the right-of-way and avoid
flying in the proximity of fullscale aircraft, utilizing a spotter when
6. I will not fly my model aircraft unless it is identified with my
name and address, or AMA number, inside or affixed to the outside of
the model aircraft. This does not apply to model aircraft flown indoors.
7. I will not operate model aircraft with metal-blade propellers or
with gaseous boosts (other than air), nor will I operate model aircraft
with fuels containing tetranitromethane or hydrazine.
8. I will not operate model aircraft carrying pyrotechnic devices which
explode burn, or propel a projectile of any kind. Exceptions include
Free Flight fuses or devices that burn producing smoke and are securely
attached to the model
aircraft during flight. Rocket motors up to a G-series size may be
used, provided they remain firmly attached to the model aircraft during
flight. Model rockets may be flown in accordance with the National
Model Rocketry Safety
Code; however, they may not be launched from model aircraft. Officially
designated AMAAir Show Teams (AST) are authorized to use devices and
practices as defined within the Air Show Advisory Committee Document.
9. I will not operate my model aircraft while under the influence of
alcohol or within eight (8) hours of having consumed alcohol.
10. I will not operate my model aircraft while using any drug which
could adversely affect my ability to safely control my model aircraft.
11. Children under six (6) years old are only allowed on a flightline
or in a flight area as a pilot or while under flight instruction.
12. When and where required by rule, helmets must be properly worn and
fastened. They must be OSHA, DOT, ANSI, SNELL or NOCSAE approved or
comply with comparable standards.
1. All model flying shall
be conducted in a manner to avoid
flying or flight over unprotected people.
2. I will have completed a successful radio equipment ground-range
check before the first flight of a new or repaired model aircraft.
3. I will not fly my model aircraft in the presence of spectators until
I become a proficient flier, unless I am assisted by an experienced
4. At all flying sites a line must be established, in front of which
all flying takes place. Only personnel associated with flying the model
aircraft are allowed at or in front of the line. In the case of air
shows, a straight line for demonstrations must be established. An area
away from the line must be maintained for spectators. Intentional
flying behind the line is prohibited.
5. I will operate my model aircraft using only radio-control
frequencies currently allowed by the Federal Communications Commission
(FCC). Only individuals properly licensed by the FCC are authorized to
operate equipment on Amateur Band frequencies.
6. I will not knowingly operate my model aircraft within three (3)
miles of any preexisting flying site without a frequency management
agreement. A frequency-management agreement may be an allocation of
frequencies for each site, a day-use agreement between sites, or
testing which determines that no interference exists. A
frequency-management agreement may exist between two or more AMA
chartered clubs, AMA clubs and individual AMA members, or individual
AMA members. Frequency-management agreements, including an interference
test report if the agreement indicates no interference exists, will be
signed by all parties and copies provided to AMA Headquarters.
7. With the exception of events flown under official AMA rules, no
powered model may be flown outdoors closer than 25 feet to any
individual, except for the pilot and located at the flightline.
8. Under no circumstances may a pilot or other person touch a model
aircraft in flight while it is still under power, except to divert it
from striking an individual.
9. Radio-controlled night flying is limited to low-performance model
aircraft (less than 100 mph). The model aircraft must be equipped with
a lighting system which clearly defines the aircraft’s
and direction at all times. 10. The operator of a radio-controlled
model aircraft shall control it during the entire flight, maintaining
visual contact without enhancement other than by corrective lenses that
are prescribed for the pilot. No model aircraft shall be
equipped with devices which allow it to be flown to a selected location
which is beyond the visual range of the pilot.
1. I will not launch my
model aircraft unless I am at least
100 feet downwind of spectators and automobile parking.
2. I will not fly my model aircraft unless the launch area is clear of
all individuals except my mechanic, officials, and other fliers.
3. I will use an effective device to extinguish any fuse on the model
aircraft after the fuse has completed its function.
1. I will subject my
complete control system (including the
safety thong where applicable) to an inspection and pull test prior to
flying. The pull test will be in accordance with the current for the
applicable model aircraft category. Model
aircraft not fitting a specific category shall use those pull test
requirements as indicated for Control Line Precision Aerobatics.
2. I will ensure that my flying area is clear of all utility wires or
poles and I will not fly a model aircraft closer than 50 feet to any
above-ground electric utility lines.
3. I will ensure that my flying area is clear of all nonessential
participants and spectators before permitting my engine to be started.
- Inspect your model
before every flight to make certain it is
- Be aware of any other radio frequency user who may present an
- Always be courteous and respectful of other users of your selected
- Choose an area clear of obstacles and large enough to safely
accommodate your flying activity.
- Make certain this area is clear of friends and spectators prior to
launching your aircraft.
- Be aware of other activities in the vicinity of your flight path that
could cause potential conflict.
- Carefully plan your flight path prior to launch.
- Abide by any and all established AMA National Model Aircraft Safety
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