The Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA), which represents 180,000 members who fly model aircraft for recreational or educational purposes, says it has achieved a milestone of 50,000 youth members.
AMA offers free memberships to anyone ages 19 and younger. Youth members receive insurance coverage, a monthly e-newsletter, scholarship opportunities, and access to model flying information and education.
In 2010, AMA and the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) partnered to provide a joint student/youth membership – part of AMA’s goal to build interest in all aviation platforms through EAA Young Eagle Flights and aeromodeling events.
The organization says it continues to expand its outreach to the education community with initiatives including UAS4STEM, a recently launched program that provides unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) training through a science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)-based platform.