The Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) says it has been recognized by the Alaska state legislature as an official community-based organization. The resolution also applauds AMA's central role in model aircraft and drone education.
House Joint Resolution 5, sponsored by State Rep. Shelley Hughes, passed the Alaska House in February and was recently approved by the Alaska state Senate. This joint resolution formally recognizes and offers support for AMA’s community-based guidelines that teach users how to fly model aircraft safely and responsibly.
“The AMA has been represented on the Unmanned Aircraft Systems Legislative Task Force since its inception and has provided great input as the committee has offered legislation and policy recommendations for UAS operations,” says Rep. Shelly Hughes, who is also co-chair of the taskforce.
AMA says it published its first safety standards in 1936 and has been continually updating them in compliance with Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) guidelines as the technology has evolved.
“Our first priority has always been safety,” said Dave Mathewson, executive director of AMA. “We are humbled that the state of Alaska has honored us, and we are committed to helping all recreational users fly safely for many more years to come.”
Headquartered in Muncie, Ind., AMA is a membership organization representing those who fly model aircraft for recreation and educational purposes.
In December, the organization teamed up with the FAA, the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) and the Small UAV Coalition to launch the Know Before You Fly safety campaign for drones. AMA also recently partnered with Fly Robotics to offer UAS education to its AMA Flight School online learning center.