The 2014 AMA Expo was a huge success
Wow! As I write this, I am more than 30,000 feet in the air, heading east from the AMA Expo in Ontario, California. It was an
enjoyable, but intense, week. Professionally, it was a
proud time for AMA members.
We have expended considerable efforts with
the FAA for several years, which came to partial
fruition with our signing of a memorandum of
understanding (MOU) with Jim Williams, the
Executive Manager of the FAA UAS Integration
This MOU will allow the AMA and the FAA to
ensure the continued safe
operation of model aircraft in
the US airspace. Continued
effort will be necessary,
but I am optimistic about
the future. My gratitude is
extended to Jim Williams for
his cooperative efforts.
Michael Tuscano, president
and CEO of the Association
for Unmanned Vehicle
(AUVSI), provided input to AMA members. Michael, Jim
Williams, and Rich Hanson also offered their collective
insight into current UAS issues during a seminar. More
information about this can be found at www.modelaircraft.
org/video/uas0114. Michael also expressed positive thoughts
toward a working alliance between the AUVSI and the
NAA President Jonathan Gaffney introduced Carl
Johnson, the vice president of Programs-Broad Area
Maritime Surveillance within Northrop Grumman’s
Integrated Systems sector. Carl presented a talk focused on
his company’s latest project: the X-47B Unmanned Combat
Air System carrier demonstration aircraft.
This airplane has operated from the deck of the aircraft
carrier, the USS George H. W. Bush. The carrier landings
aboard the ship illustrate that tailless unmanned aircraft can
integrate seamlessly and operate safely from an aircraft carrier
at sea. Although most of the information is classified, Carl
disclosed enough to illustrate how amazing this aircraft is.
The AMA Expo allowed many a chance to see the
capabilities of today’s models. Carl mentioned the lack
of young, energetic engineers along with Northrop
Grumman’s desire to entice today’s youth to a vocation as
an aeronautical engineer.
Rick Larsen, vice president of marketing, and Sean
Elliott, vice president, government and industry relations,
Look for increased modeling activity at the EAA
AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, July 28 through August
Mandee Mikulski spearheaded the kickoff of the AMA
Foundation. The infrastructure is now functioning, but
additional efforts are needed to bring it to fruition. One of
the new additions to the AMA Expo was the recognition of
Your donations are appreciated. Please consider including
the AMA in your estate planning.
Many individuals from the aviation community made
the 2014 AMA Expo a beneficial element in the history of
model aviation. This year certainly produced some lasting
memories. Thanks to all of the AMA volunteers, the event
organizer, Lora Knowlton, and the AMA employees whose
efforts made the Expo a huge success!
As the winter ends, have you considered the condition of
your equipment? Several weeks of stagnant operation do not
extend the longevity of your batteries. Diligent maintenance
should help maintain another enjoyable flying season.
executive manager of
the FAA Unmanned
and AMA President
Bob Brown signed
the memorandum of
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