Got an email from the AMA today:http://cl.exct.net/?qs=7baeece2ee4214807dd0378735505c377cdab1013db80be6208d417410e62d9f
Part of the Aviation Innovation, Reform, and Reauthorization (AIRR) Act is supposed to address the FAA's overstepping of its bounds. More as the story develops.
In the end, I don't really sweat this whole thing at all. Even if the AIRR act falls through, I give this whole registration thing a year--two at the most-- before it falls apart. I've heard from a few sources that are spread throughout the country that local PDs either aren't aware of the registration requirement, or simply don't care. Cops are busy enough busting crackheads and chasing down drunk drivers, and are prepared to tell the FAA that they are pretty much on their own to enforce their regulations. That leaves as good as NOONE to cite offenders.
I asked a FF buddy of mine what the overall consensus in FF Land is, since most outdoor FF models exceed the weight requirement and a lot of them have remote operated dethermalizers and, by definition, must register. He chucked and said that a collective "middle finger" is being given to the FAA. Makes sense. Most FF fields are either on private property and/or located in remote areas so it is highly unlikely that FAA examiners will show up to check registration.
So don't worry about "the 50m target" as we say in the Army. Things will go back to normal in the long run me thinks.