Advocacy- AMA launches Op Ed pieces for Positive Press

26 Apr 2017 9:22 AM | Daren (Administrator)

AMA Government Affairs has been working on Op Ed pieces to send to various markets throughout the country this spring as the flying season begins. 

From the Concord Monitor, Concord, NH April 26, 2017:

The intent is to shed a positive light on the importance of our Community Based Organization- AMA Safety Code and our stellar record.  By highlighting key points and referencing local modelers who are members of the community (voting residents) the hope is to raise awareness and gain positive traction as the federal government reviews the special rule for model aviation later this year.  The special rule (commonly referred to as 336) is what identifies AMA as a Community Based Organization and allows us to operate within our safety code and beyond the more restrictive "recommended" practices put forth by the FAA.  The often misquoted and misunderstood "400 foot rule" for instance.  Please enjoy your season of flying but also keep in mind to be welcoming, informative and positive in sharing this great hobby.  Help us put the "Community" back in "Community Based Organization".  Fly safe, Fly often and Have Fun!


Daren Hudson

District 1 AVP


  • 28 Apr 2017 8:13 AM | Geoff
    Excellent Article.
    Do you know if there'll be anything put forth in local major metro markets like the Boston Globe of a similar nature?
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    • 01 May 2017 9:09 PM | Daren (Administrator)
      The initial plan is to address markets throughout the country with known legislation and laws that negatively impacts modeling. I do not have a specific list of those markets. AMA Government Affairs and Marketing has been on top of this issue for several years now and continues to advocate in the interest of our hobby. Members in smaller communities can assist us by keeping eyes and ears open and notifying district officers when they feel any ordinances, legislation or laws are being proposed that would negatively effect aero modeling. See D1 VP, Andy Argenio's recent Blog for more information on how to help.
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