Micro-Aircraft Commercial Operators Association (MACO)
President: John A Zaner
1 Mar 2005
MACO puts a
powerful team to work for members every day. (Available to members who have
registered to use the members-only portion of this Web site.)
The Micro Aircraft
Commercial Operators Association (MACO) is a
membership association effectively serving the interests and needs of its
members as owners, operators, pilots, and crew of Commercial
Micro-Aircraft. MACO establishes, maintains, and articulates positions of
leadership to promote the safety, economy, utility, and popularity of commercial
flight with Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (SUAS).
Regulatory and Certification
MACO management, technical, and operations specialists provide member support
and representation before the Federal Aviation Administration and other federal
agencies on matters affecting aircrew and aircraft registration, aircraft and
ground support maintenance, flight operations, and regulatory guidance. Here are
briefs on some of the active issues with links to associated MACO activities.
Volunteer efforts are an important factor in wider public acceptance of unmanned
aviation. MACO members are becoming leaders in the effort to broaden public
understanding. Along the way, they are also introducing
non-pilots to the enjoyment of flight and inspire many to learn to fly.
To help pilots who would like to spread the good word about Small Unmanned
Aircraft Systems (SUAS), MACO is creating brochures, pamphlets, and fact sheets
that are available in reasonable quantities.
MACO members provide hands-on experience in unmanned aviation through shows,
demonstrations, and introductory lessons with dual-controlled micro-aircraft.
The MACO Guide to
Learning to fly Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (SUAS) provides a non-technical
overview of what's involved in SUAS.
Facts, Statistics, and Glossaries
are Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems? Reveals the breadth of small unmanned aviation,
from personal, recreational, law enforcement, agricultural application, and much
Aviation Fact Sheets
Extensive treatment of SUAS facts and figures, designed for
permanent file use. A good item to present to journalists who cover aviation
Micro Aviation Statistics
Facts on pilot certification, airports, aircraft, activity, and flight safety.
Dictionary of Micro Unmanned Aviation — The acronyms and jargon that
characterize everyday "micro-aviation-speak" not only bewilder the uninitiated,
they can create a psychological barrier between micro-aviation and the
community. This dictionary can help bridge the gap.
Write a letter, defend Micro Unmanned Aviation
Erroneous news stories, out-of-context quotations, and unfounded negative
judgments can prejudice the public mind against general aviation. But such bias
can be countered if members take the time to correct the misconceptions.
Micro Unmanned Aviation Is Vital to Your State - A fact-filled brochure that
provides numerous "I never thought about that" insights on micro unmanned
aviation contributions to the local economy.
Plant the Seed Early
If SUAS are to take their rightful place as an accepted form of
commercial aviation, we must draw more people into flying. While many young
people may not be able to afford flying immediately, stirring early interest in
aviation will pay dividends in future student starts
MACO Priority Issues
FAA New Proposed Rule Making
Access to Airspace
Special Use Airspace
Delivery of FAA Services
Affordability of SUAS
Costs of business — insurance
MACO Progress Reports
Support of FAA NPRM:
Newsletter 05 Apr 05
Access to Airspace:
Special Use Airspace:
Delivery of FAA Services:
Affordability of Micro Aircraft:
Costs of business services — insurance
Flight Security Initiative:
By their very nature,
SUAS are quite easy to conceal until the moment of launch.
Neighbors know neighbors, and everyone does their part to ensure the security of
their home and community.
That is precisely why MACO is working to create informational and
educational literature to inform the general public about SUAS
operations to ensure the highest degree of security in our cities and
neighborhoods. This is a great example of how pilots, the government, and the
private sector can work together to create a more informed, and secure, society.
Learn more about the man who founded MACO.