District News Blog – AMA District Officers, Clubs and Members updating and sharing the latest news relating to aeromodelling activities, events, issues and concerns:

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  • 17 Apr 2017 8:40 AM | Daren (Administrator)

    Here are several programs that you may not be familiar with provided by AMA for your clubs or members.  When reviewing the requirements many clubs find that they are all ready doing what is necessary to receive Monetary Awards and Recognition.  Check them out. * Note: As of Nov 13, 2017 we have added a TAB to the website titled "CLUBS" and under that tab is "Club Programs" for direct access to more information from our home page. CLUB PROGRAMS

    Also a great article highlighting member benefits from Bill Pritchet, AMA Eductation Dept.

    Members Guide- Get to Know your Benefits

    AMA Club Recognition Program

    Leader Club Application

    Leader Member Application

    Intro Pilot Program

    Takeoff And Grow TAG Program

    Sign 3 and Fly Free Program

    Contest Director and Event Manager Application (online!)

    AMA News you can use Application Deadlines

    For more programs and information visit AMA website or directly to the AMA Documents Page

    We also have a Most Used and Accessed Documents Page on this District 1 Website for your convenience.


    The District 1 Team

  • 07 Apr 2017 11:34 AM | Daren (Administrator)

    While attending a meeting for the RC Aces in N. Hampton this week a good question was asked by a member.

    "Where can I and more importantly where am I not suppose to fly my Mavic Pro in the White Mt. National Forest or along the Appalachian Mountain Trail system?" 

    I have checked on "B4UFly" which is an FAA app and on our own interactive search "Map" from this site. I found no restriction but am reaching out to Chad Budreau at AMA Govt Affairs, D1 VP Andy Argenio and D1 Technical/ Safety Officer John Yassemedis for follow up.

    Useful link: https://www.fs.fed.us/science-technology/fire/unmanned-aircraft-systems/responsible-use

    Here's the follow up:

    Quote from AMA Govt Affairs representative, Chad Budreau

    "This is a complicated question... 

    BLM (Bureau of Land Management) and National Forests are more relaxed in their UAS policies than National Parks and National Monuments.  Hobbyists can fly on BLM and National Forest by following AMA and FAA rules and obviously not harassing bystanders or wildlife and avoiding wildfires.  The National Forest has created a work group to determine more formalized policies, but at this time there are no universal rules.  


    While a hobbyist may be able to fly at a National Forest, it is very unlikely a hobbyists will have access to a National Park or Monument anytime soon.  All requests to fly have to be vetted and approved in DC by the NPS Administration.  At this time they are only allowing a very few select commercial operators to fly.


    The Appalachian Trail is a little tricky as certain sections are managed by the National Park, various local governments, volunteer associations, and the National Forests.  Sections managed by the National Park will not permit UAS activities.  Sections managed by the National Forest may be more cooperative such as the White Mountain stretch. 



    Here's a Best Practice  we recommend when you are flying anywhere. 

    Introduce yourself to any spectators and check for objections. Make sure there will be no "harassing" of people or wildlife. You may just enlist a spotter and create a "pro- drone" fan(s) with a positive progressive attitude which promotes the hobby while respecting the environment, wildlife and others right to enjoy the open space.

    If we are polite and proactive rather than reactive and defensive we will serve the hobby and all modelers better.

    Thank you

    Your District 1 Team
  • 21 Mar 2017 9:40 PM | Daren (Administrator)

    You can use this Blog post to access the most current AMA Air episodes.  Enjoy!



  • 09 Mar 2017 2:10 PM | Andrew (Administrator)

    In this episode, the Roswell Flight Test Crew speaks with Andy Argenio, the District 1 Vice President of the Academy of Model Aeronautics, who is also the chair of the group's Advanced Flight Systems Technology Committee. Andy served as the Contest Director for the US National Drone Racing Championship, ensuring that pilots and organizers adhered to the AMA's safety code. Technically an amateur competition, the Drone Nationals were sanctioned by the AMA and all of the pilots who participated where required to present proof of AMA membership. Among them, Argenio saw the same attributes – including sportsmanship and a keen interest in technology – that marked the hobby of radio-controlled flying when he began more than 60 years earlier.

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  • 09 Feb 2017 5:44 PM | Andrew (Administrator)

    Watch the Academy of Model Aeronautics’ Rich Hanson and Chad Budreau sit down with Charles Raley, Senior Attorney for the FAA, to discuss the current regulations regarding UAS. The group covers topics such as airport notification, altitude restrictions, preemption, and more.

  • 09 Feb 2017 3:58 PM | Andrew (Administrator)

    Club charter renewal season will be here before you know it. Renewal packages will be mailed to officers designated as the club contact in mid-January.

    Are you unsure who your club previously designated as the contact officer? You can check your online club roster in the Members Only section, or look up your club’s contact information through our club search function on AMA’s website.

    If you need to designate a different officer, simply just send an email to clubs@modelaircraft.org.

    Your current club charter does not expire until March 31; however, we strongly encourage you to complete the charter renewal forms and return them to AMA as soon as possible. We hope this brief video will make the renewal process as quick and easy as possible.

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