The Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) has named Chad Budreau its new executive director.
Budreau held the position on an interim basis starting in April and previously served as AMA’s public relations and government affairs director, during which he collaborated with the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Office of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Integration, Congress, drone manufacturers and other industry stakeholders.
At the federal level, Budreau has participated in the UAS Tracking and Remote Identification aviation rulemaking committee, the Steering Committee for the Unmanned Aircraft Safety Team, and the Drone Advisory Committee. At the state and local level, Budreau has advised numerous elected officials, helped shape bills and participated in dozens of hearings championing for the model aircraft hobby, says AMA.
“I am honored to be named executive director and continue the important work of protecting our hobby as we embark on a new chapter in AMA’s history, in which we have the opportunity to play an even larger role in educating the broader recreational community to promote and enhance model aviation,” says Budreau. “The passion AMA members demonstrate for their hobby and the impact they have on their communities is a legacy I hope to preserve as executive director.”
Dave Mathewson, AMA’s executive director from 2011 until his retirement this past spring, passed away on Oct. 21. AMA posted a blog in remembrance of Mathewson here.