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AMA’s California Expo to Feature Drone Camp, Training

Posted by Betsy Lillian on December 22, 2016

The Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) is rolling out the 19th annual AMA Expo West, presented by ReadyMadeRC.com, on Jan. 6-8. Taking place at the Ontario Convention Center in Ontario, Calif., the three-day event will offer participants the opportunity to [Read More]

AMA, Fly Robotics Launch UAS Training for Public Safety Officers

Posted by Betsy Lillian on December 12, 2016

The Academy of Model Aeronautics’ (AMA) education department, in conjunction with Fly Robotics, has released a hands-on training course designed for public safety officers looking to implement unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). According to AMA, the course will provide officers the [Read More]

AMA Launches More Commercial UAS Pilot Test Prep

Posted by Betsy Lillian on November 15, 2016

The Academy of Model Aeronautics’ (AMA) education department, in conjunction with Fly Robotics, is releasing a Part 107 preparatory course for future remote pilots. According to AMA, the online training course will provide potential commercial unmanned aircraft system (UAS) pilots [Read More]

From Hobby to Commercial: AMA Forms Partnership for Part 107 Test Prep

Posted by Betsy Lillian on October 20, 2016

The Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA), which serves approximately 195,000 modelers in 2,400 clubs in the U.S. and Puerto Rico, is now offering Part 107 remote pilot test preparation through UAV Ground School (UAVGS). Recently appointed to the Federal Aviation [Read More]

AMA Bringing Drones Center Stage at Park & Rec Conference

Posted by Betsy Lillian on September 22, 2016

The Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) says it will be attending the annual National Recreation and Park Association conference in St. Louis to discuss drone safety, as well as how AMA can partner with park and recreation professionals to create [Read More]

AMA Crowns Winners of UAS4STEM National Competition

Posted by Betsy Lillian on August 24, 2016

On Saturday, Aug. 20, middle and high school students from across the U.S. competed in the UAS4STEM program’s first national competition, held at the International Aeromodeling Center in Muncie, Ind. The teams built their own drones and competed in various [Read More]

FAA to AMA: Yes, You Can Fly Over 400 Feet

Posted by Betsy Lillian on July 21, 2016

The Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) says the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has “recognized AMA’s role as a community-based organization” and thus confirmed that model aircraft are permitted to fly higher than 400 feet in altitude as long as the [Read More]

AMA Delves Through FAA Drone-Sighting Data: Numbers Down This Time

Posted by Betsy Lillian on June 09, 2016

According to its most recent analysis on the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) data on possible drone sightings by manned aircraft pilots, the Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) has reported a month-over-month drop in the statistics since last August. AMA’s analysis [Read More]

‘Know Before You Fly’ Lays out Site-Traffic Stats Since December 2014 Launch

Posted by Betsy Lillian on June 02, 2016

The Know Before You Fly unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) safety campaign says more than 500,000 unique users have visited its website since the program’s launch in December 2014. With a goal of spreading awareness about the safe and responsible use [Read More]

‘Know Before You Fly’ Announces 35 New Supporters, Including Virginia Tech

Posted by Betsy Lillian on May 25, 2016

The Know Before You Fly unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) safety campaign has announced 35 new supporters, including Virginia Tech, home of one of the six Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) UAS test sites. Know Before You Fly was launched in December [Read More]

AMA Offers New Resource for sUAS Hobbyists

Posted by Betsy Lillian on May 11, 2016

The Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) has created a new website dedicated to assisting small unmanned aircraft system (sUAS) hobbyists with learning to fly and operating safely. According to AMA, the resource, available here, helps users learn how and where [Read More]

International Drone Day 2016 Kicks off on May 7

Posted by Betsy Lillian on May 02, 2016

After more than 40,000 people in 150 countries participated in International Drone Day 2015, this year’s event is set to kick off this Saturday, May 7. Hundreds of teams throughout the world will hold events to educate those outside of [Read More]

FAA Offers its Latest Batch of ‘Reported UAS Sightings’

Posted by Betsy Lillian on March 29, 2016

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has released its most recent compilation of “Reported UAS Sightings,” which covers the time span of Aug. 22, 2015, through Jan. 31, 2016. The agency describes the report as an “updated list of pilot, air [Read More]

AMA Kicking Off STEM-Based UAS Challenge for Students

Posted by Betsy Lillian on March 28, 2016

The Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA), the host organization for UAS4STEM, has announced the regional locations for its first year of competition, which includes 75 teams at seven locations. UAS4STEM, designed for students ages 11-19, encourages teamwork, competition and success [Read More]

AUVSI, AMA Presenting Free Webinar for Drone Users

Posted by Betsy Lillian on February 18, 2016

The Know Before You Fly unmanned aircraft systems safety campaign will be holding a free webinar on Feb. 24 featuring the Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) and Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI), the co-founders of the campaign. Chad [Read More]

AMA Goes to D.C. to Fight for Special Rule for Model Aircraft

Posted by Betsy Lillian on February 04, 2016

Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) representatives recently went to Washington, D.C., to “advocate on behalf of [its] members for the protection and enhancement of the Special Rule for Model Aircraft,” according to an AMA government relations blog. AMA explains that [Read More]

AMA Offers New Advice on Registering UAS

Posted by Betsy Lillian on January 11, 2016

Following the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) newly announced requirement for recreational unmanned aircraft system (UAS) operators to register before flying, the Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) suggested its members hold off on doing so until being advised further by AMA [Read More]

AMA Offers Guidance for Commenting on FAA UAS Registration Rules

Posted by Betsy Lillian on December 30, 2015

The Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) – which recently advised its members to not register their model aircraft with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) until the federal deadline of Feb. 19 or until AMA advises them to do so – [Read More]

AMA, Fly Robotics and Civil Air Patrol Team Up for sUAS Training

Posted by Betsy Lillian on December 29, 2015

In conjunction with long-standing partner Civil Air Patrol (CAP), the Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) is now offering small unmanned aircraft system (sUAS) ground school, powered by Fly Robotics. AMA, headquartered in Muncie, Ind., says it has been working with [Read More]

UAS Registration Kicks Off; AMA Tells Members to Wait

Posted by Betsy Lillian on December 22, 2015

The Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Web-based registration system for small, recreational unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) went live yesterday, but the Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) is advising its members not to register just yet. In a blog, AMA says its [Read More]