and youth leadership
In early May, I attended the AUVSI Xponential 2016 symposium in New Orleans. This show is considered a mecca for anyone professionally involved in the UAS
industry and includes commercial and avocational interests.
The highlight of the show was a presentation by the
Administrator of the FAA, Michael Huerta. His primary
focus was the relaxation of FAA mandates toward
education. The administration will allow UAS operations
by students and faculty members for educational
and research purposes, provided that they follow
the FAA’s rules for model aircraft.
At the AUVSI event, several well-known
aerospace companies were diligently looking for
qualified employees. If you are in a quandary
about what type of professional career to pursue,
consider the various positions in the aerospace
industry. A college degree in this field could certainly
offer lifetime success.
The AMA created the Youth Leadership Award to recognize
Youth members who spread the love and fun of aeromodeling.
The winner of the 2016 AMA Youth Leadership Award is
Adam Enggasser of Greenville High School in Greenville,
Adam is an outstanding student with a passion for aviation.
He has participated in the school’s Science, Technology,
Engineering and Math (STEM) program. His academic
efforts also include being named Student of the Year by the
Environmental Education Association of South Carolina and
an invitation to compete internationally in the VEX World
Adam belongs to EAA Chapter #249, the Western Carolina
Skyhawks, and the Upstate South Carolina Youth Aviators
Association. Adam believes that the natural problem-solving
aspects of RC aviation and one’s ability to effectively design,
build, test, refine, program, and compete with airplanes and
sUAS, promote important life skills and develop positive
National Model Aviation Day will be August 13, 2016.
This year, the charity of choice for the AMA is the Disabled
American Veterans (DAV; www.dav.org), or clubs can choose
The following description was taken from the DAV’s website:
“DAV is a nonprofit charity that provides a lifetime of
support for veterans of all generations and their families,
helping more than 1 million veterans in positive, life-changing
ways each year. The organization provides more than
700,000 rides for veterans attending medical appointments and
assists veterans with more than 300,000 benefit claims annually.
In 2015, DAV helped attain more than $4 billion in new and
retroactive benefits to care for themselves and for veterans,
their families, and survivors. DAV is also a leader in connecting
veterans with meaningful employment, hosting job fairs, and
providing resources to ensure they have the opportunity to
participate in the American Dream their sacrifices have made
“With almost 1,300 chapters and nearly 1. 3 million members
across the country, DAV empowers our nation’s heroes and
their families by helping to provide the resources they need and
ensuring our nation keep[s] the promises made to them.”
The AMA has more than 20 Special Interest Groups (SIGs),
representing various facets of aeromodeling. One of the leading
groups is the National Miniature Pylon Racing Association
Congratulations to this SIG as 2016 marks its 50th
anniversary. The enjoyment the NMPRA has created in local,
national, and world-class competition has certainly been
If you have an interest in Pylon Racing, check out the
NMPRA website at www.nmpra.net.
6 Model Aviation JULY 2016