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Posted by RustyK | Apr 27, 2018 @ 06:30 PM | 1,636 Views
Friday, April 27, 2018

Today, the House of Representatives passed the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018 (H.R.4), a long-term reauthorization of the FAA. We are happy to share that Section 336, also known as the Special Rule for Model Aircraft, is included in this bill with meaningful refinements that we supported to help make it stronger. We especially want to thank the thousands of members who participated in our Call to Action in the last few weeks to let Congress know the importance of protecting our hobby. Your efforts during this critical time have made a significant impact.

While much of what we fought for was included in this bill, there are also some provisions that concern us. Rest assured - we will continue to work on improving FAA Reauthorization moving forward. Protecting our hobby is AMA's top priority and we will do everything possible to ensure your ability and freedom to fly.

Please remember there are several more steps in the process before FAA Reauthorization becomes law. The next step is for the Senate to consider its own version of FAA Reauthorization, and then both the House and Senate bills will be sent to a Joint Committee to hash out a final version of the legislation. This process could take months and we may ask for your help again during this time.

Again, we cannot thank you enough for your unwavering support. Please continue to monitor your emails, social media, and for new information and ways you can help.

As always, thank you for your support.

AMA Government Affairs Team
Posted by RustyK | Mar 20, 2018 @ 04:21 PM | 1,196 Views
Anyone going to Joe Nall?
Posted by RustyK | Feb 27, 2018 @ 06:57 PM | 3,880 Views
Posted by RustyK | Jan 18, 2018 @ 07:58 PM | 2,593 Views

February 1 TAG Grant PostMarked by February 1 AMA Take off and Grow Grant
Awarded in April

February 1 Scholarships
No official announcement date (it depends on the 2nd quarter EC meeting and when it’s held)

February 15 Youth Leadership Award
Announced in April

March 1 Flying Site Grants
Announced May 1

March 31 Leader Club Renewals
No official announcement

March 31 AMA Hall of Fame Postmarked by March 31
Announced after the July EC meeting

March 31 Club Charter Expiration
No official announcement

March 31 Special Interest Group Renewals
No official announcement

August 31 National Aeromodeling Heritage Program

September 15 Goldberg Award
Announced November 10

Sanctioned Event Calendar – 120 days for maximum exposure; 30 days minimum
Foundation Donations – December 30 for tax purposes
Posted by RustyK | Jan 05, 2018 @ 08:02 PM | 2,668 Views
Getting tired of not being able to fly. Bitter cold and heavy wind.
Posted by RustyK | Dec 24, 2017 @ 12:09 PM | 2,320 Views
Good grief I can't believe 2017 is almost over.

If you have read my BLOG I mainly write about AMA programs that it offers to members and/or clubs.

My club, Newport News Park RC club,Inc is busy setting event dates and getting sanctions. As a club we have decided not to charge Landing Fees and all events will be open to almost all types of model aircraft. The events will be about flying and meeting other modelers.

If you are in the area of Hampton/Newport News, VA drop in and visit.

There are 13 area clubs. One each Float Flying, Multi Rotor, Electric RC, Control line, Outdoor/Indoor Free Flight, Soaring and the rest are RC fixed wing, Heli and other. Use the AMA club search and enter zip code 23662 and 50 miles .

Posted by RustyK | Dec 10, 2017 @ 01:54 PM | 1,956 Views
Hope everyone has been good and Santa brings you something to show off while at the flying field.

Merry Christmas , Happy Holidays and a Great New Year

Posted by RustyK | Nov 08, 2017 @ 10:23 AM | 1,833 Views

The AMA is participating in #GivingTuesday on November 28 to help us hit our 2017 fundraising goal of $225,000.

#GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving.

Why should you give? Because model flying is what you love, and we love to help you fly. AMA’s team works on behalf of members everyday by providing membership services, working with the FAA and in DC, engaging youth and building educational programs using model aviation, building partnerships to enhance the hobby, and much more.

This year, we will go live on Facebook each hour throughout the day to introduce our staff members and raise money for the AMA Foundation. Each hour will feature staff members who have all stepped up to go live to share what their piece of the pie is at AMA and if $300 is raised during their hour, take a pie to the face. Help us raise $2,000 to see AMA Executive Director Dave Mathewson and AMA Staff Director Joyce Hager take a pie to the face. If we hit $2,500 participating members of the Executive Council will take a pie, and if our ultimate goal of $3,000 is reached, AMA President Rich Hanson will take a pie at 4 p.m Eastern Standard Time.

We will be posting live on our social media pages and engaging our members all day. This is your chance to meet AMA staff members and give back.

Then, join us at 2 p.m. (EST) on Wednesday, November for 29 for our recap show, Leftovers, where we’ll announce the total raised.

Join in the fun and make a tax-deductible donation!
Posted by RustyK | Aug 20, 2017 @ 01:09 PM | 2,691 Views
I have a Balsa Products Boeing F4B-2 done in navy colors. I'm glad I bought two kits as it is no longer in production. I've just started the second one and it will be the US Army P-12. They were basically the same airplane. I have an OS 160 Twin it the Navy version. Flys very realistic.
Posted by RustyK | Aug 12, 2017 @ 02:59 PM | 2,657 Views
From the AMA website,

Finding the Right Safety Coordinator
You know your club members better than we do, so you could already have a perfect person in mind, but just in case you are on the fence, here are some suggested skills that you might want to consider in finding the best person for the job.

Your safety coordinator should be a person who will mentor, serve as a role model and educator, and a promoter of safety awareness. He or she should also have the ability to assist in the development of club activities from a safety aspect and provide support in running such activities. It is important to remember that the safety coordinator is not the “club field police officer.” Rather, he or she is the person who displays a positive attitude and willingness to teach others regarding to safety at the club field.

Role Model: Your safety coordinator should be knowledgeable about our hobby, maintain high standards, and display a positive attitude when dealing with safety issues. If you lead, they will follow. This statement pretty well sums up how the safety coordinator can affect the club. A good leader, with a positive attitude who knows the ins and outs of the club rules and bylaws, will assist in club members gaining trust and respect for the safety coordinator. In turn, club members will have an encouraging resource to turn to with any safety issues that might arise.

Educator: Education, education, education! We can’t say this enough. Many accidents and...Continue Reading
Posted by RustyK | Jul 28, 2017 @ 05:51 PM | 2,769 Views
This is pretty good. I remember having one of the first Futaba Computer radios. While trying to learn it you had all that beeping happening each time you touched a button. My wife got tired of hearing and said if it beeps one more time I'm going throw it right out the front door.
Posted by RustyK | Jul 25, 2017 @ 05:34 AM | 3,369 Views
Posted by RustyK | Jul 19, 2017 @ 06:25 PM | 4,449 Views

GRW3 asked me to post his reply in my post so it was easier to find.

1369 miles from you in
San Antonio
Joined Jan 2006
507 Posts
I had gone there from the AMA site a few days ago and it was painful, where could I find the pictures I wanted. Just guess and pick a page number. That sort of worked but it still got a mix. The new indexing is excellent.

Rusty, how about putting the above message in your blog post as most people don't read comments.
Posted by RustyK | Jul 13, 2017 @ 09:51 PM | 3,908 Views
The Intro pilot program is a really good way to introduce people to model aviation.
Give it a try.
Posted by RustyK | Jul 12, 2017 @ 10:01 PM | 6,534 Views
spent day in the heat. Too tired to put together a POST
Posted by RustyK | Jul 11, 2017 @ 11:33 AM | 16,552 Views
AMA has added a new feature to its event calendar—the ability to search events by district. This is very beneficial to AMA leaders developing a schedule of events to visit throughout the year and is a great way for members to search events close-by.

There are a total of 11 AMA districts in the United States. Each is represented on the Executive Council by a Vice-President. The Executive Council also has a Vice-President, President, and a Chief Financial Officer. Each Vice President has several Associate Vice Presidents that help them to support the district. Click here to learn more about AMA’s organizational structure.

When building your summer schedule consider searching by district to visit events outside your state but still near you.

To start searching, visit our event calendar:
Posted by RustyK | Jul 07, 2017 @ 01:43 PM | 10,142 Views
Posted by RustyK | Jul 05, 2017 @ 03:17 PM | 3,391 Views
New Florida Law Prohibits Local Governments from Regulating UAS.
We wanted to share some good news about a new Florida law that went into effect on July 1, 2017, the “Unmanned Aircraft Systems Act.” The state law prohibits local governments from regulating drone and model aircraft operations in Florida, protecting those flying safely and within the bounds of the law from unnecessary and burdensome local regulations. It does allow local governments to enact or enforce local ordinances relating to illegal acts, such as voyeurism, property damage and harassment, arising from the use of drones and model aircraft.

While this law is not perfect, it is helpful in protecting our longstanding hobby from the increasing number of restrictive ordinances we’re seeing proposed by local governments. As we have fought diligently against many harmful pieces of local legislation across the state, this is good news for hobbyists operating in Florida and an example for other states. We will continue to work with local and state legislators, including those in Florida, to educate them on AMA’s history of safe, responsible flight.

Click here to read the complete bill, or a summary of the bill can be read at the following link.

We want to extend our appreciation to all members for your continued support. .

Kind regards,
AMA Government Affairs Team