“I know that a major
benefit of our hobby is the
friendship exhibited among
members. Please welcome
The sUAS registration
process moves forward
Last month, the focus was on the government-appointed federal task force that was
formed to generate a registration
process for small Unmanned
Aircraft Systems (sUAS). In early
November, this task force met.
AMA was represented by AMA
Government and Regulatory
Affairs Representative Rich
Hanson. As I am writing this, it is unsure what the task
force’s final recommendations concerning sUAS will be.
For decades, AMA members have had an
impeccable safety record in conjunction with a
registration process. AMA’s National Model Aircraft
Safety Code requires that all members include their AMA
number or name/address in or on their aircraft; this does not
apply to models flown indoors. It appears that some people fail
to recognize the history and success of the AMA programs.
I am sure that the next few months will be interesting.
Please keep in mind that the AMA is attempting to represent
all members in the most effective way possible. I hope that
common sense will prevail.
Know Before You Fly
For several months, AMA, the Association for Unmanned
Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI), and the FAA have
campaigned the Know Before You Fly program. A large
number of manufacturers and distributors have joined the
program and have been attempting to educate their customers
in the safe manner of model operation.
During the holiday season, Best Buy and some
manufacturers have joined this effort in a more emphatic
way—they are purchasing AMA memberships for qualified
buyers of the products they sell. Hopefully, many other
retailers will participate. This process will allow all of us to
better educate newcomers to the hobby and sport.
As an AMA member, you can help by allowing these new
pilots a safe place to fly and helping to introduce them into
our great hobby. Making everyone welcome is a key to the
success of this program. I know that a major benefit of our
hobby is the friendship exhibited among members. Please
Horizon Indoor Festival
I recently attended the Horizon Indoor Festival in
Columbus, Ohio. This is one of the premier indoor events
and it has been successful for years. I thank Terry and Sheila
Nitsch and their crew for recognizing the AMA for its years
of support. I was enthused to hear Terry already talking about
this year’s event even before the 2015 event was over.
January 8-10, 2016, are the dates of the AMA Expo in
Ontario, California. Bring your entire family. There are
numerous activities to attend and in which to participate.
Flite Test is planning some super innovative things for
the entire family. The company will also offer a main-stage
presentation that will help everyone understand its upcoming
Also at Expo, AMA member Adam Woodworth will be
one of the speakers. Adam is currently the technical lead for
Google X’s Project Wing. Anyone attracted to aviation and
aeromodeling should be interested in his presentation.
Finally, AMA Expo would not be possible without the
exhibitors’ support. Come and see the latest products and
watch the daily demonstrations. For a list of exhibitors, visit
The AMA Education department, which includes Bill
Pritchett, Jessy Symmes, and Julia Bladen, continues to
develop additional programs. Its newest program, UAS4STEM,
is focused on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math
It is designed to encourage students to explore the
sUAS phenomenon through teamwork, competition, and
success, while incorporating all aspects of STEM. Additional
information can be found at UAS4STEM.org.
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