The federal government and the current FAA Reauthorization Act continue to challenge AMA members. Our recent visit to Congress
was constructive in most respects, and not even 3
feet of snow could stop our efforts to represent the
The U.S. House of Representatives recently unveiled
its version of the FAA Reauthorization Act, which we
viewed as being positive toward recreational modelers.
Unfortunately, the Senate version was not as
encouraging and has generated
some critical problems. We
are currently working
If we request that members
contact their representatives
in Congress, please do so. The
constraints that the Senate
wants to institute could
jeopardize the future of
Some of you might not realize
that there is an area approximately 15
miles in diameter surrounding Washington,
D.C., that prohibits outdoor model airplane
flight. This no-fly zone was extended to 30 miles last year,
impacting 14 AMA clubs.
Thanks to the cooperative efforts of District IV Vice
President Jay Marsh, local AMA members, and AMA
Headquarters government relations staff members, we
were able to remove the zone extension. This same group
is currently working to educate the local populace in the
benefits and enjoyment of model aviation. I recently visited
with some members of this group and am sure their efforts
will be worthwhile.
Although you might think that the problem in
Washington, D.C., is inherent to that area, it is not. Our
hobby’s perception varies in specific areas. Although it is
challenging, it is an absolute necessity that we generate a
positive influence on society.
One easy way to do this is for clubs to participate in the
Gold AMA Leader Club program. Its requirements are
relatively simple, and the rewards might ensure your right
to fly. Additional information can be found on the AMA
website at www.modelaircraft.org/files/708.pdf.
I recently visited various sites and activities from New York
City to Perry, Georgia. I thank all of those who offered
constructive comments concerning our efforts. A stop in
Statesboro, Georgia, provided an afternoon of fun at Plosser
Field and at Helen’s Hobbies, Blois and Helen Prosser’s
hobby shop and flying site. The couple has generated a great
site run by great people. If your travels take you through
Statesboro, stop in and enjoy what we did.
The Westchester Radio Aero Modelers (WRAM) Show
in Secaucus, New Jersey, continues to provide East Coast
modelers a venue at which to see the latest products.
This year, Safety Third Racing enhanced the show by
demonstrating their skills flying FPV racers in a drone cage.
They were a hit with the crowd.
Thanks to everyone who was involved with the 2016
WRAM Show held in February.
Nominations are open for the positions of AMA president
and vice presidents in Districts I, V, and IX. If you want to
nominate a person for any of these positions, submit your
nomination to AMA Headquarters by June 19, 2016.
6 Model Aviation MAY 2016