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

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 Administration’s (FAA) Drone Advisory Committee, AMA says the new partnership with UAVGS offers academy members a $75 discount toward FAA Part 107 test preparation and expands on the academy’s longstanding safety and educational efforts.

The UAVGS program is produced by Gold Seal, which has prepared more than 45,000 private pilots for their FAA Knowledge Test, says AMA.

UAVGroundschool.com, a program taught by FAA-certified instructors, uses FAA-compliant materials presented in an online, interactive, multimedia format. Built-in testing with real FAA test questions, an extensive documentation library and flash card quizzes complement the program.

“The website is intuitive, the cost to our membership is affordable and I think the folks that created UAV Ground School truly have the best interest of AMA membership at heart,” comments Dave Mathewson, AMA’s executive director.

AMA says the program is created specifically for those wanting to increase their knowledge, become a professional UAV operator or gain FAA remote pilot certification. From August through October of this year, UAVGS student registrations have approached the 3,000 mark, according to AMA.

“As a longtime AMA member, I am extremely happy to partner with the academy to bring additional education to the membership,” says Cliff Whitney, chief operating officer of UAVGS. “These 195,000-plus members have been flying remotely piloted aircraft years before UAVs became mainstream. AMA member pilots know how to operate safely and are the best candidates for the explosive growth of commercial operations.”

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