Category Archives: AMA News

We Need Your Help

Some are petitioning Congress to eliminate the Special Rule for Model Aircraft – also known as Section 336. Section 336 has allowed AMA to manage our members and fly safely and responsibly, as we have for over 82 years. Without Section 336, members would be required to take an FAA in person 60 question aeronautical test, pay for an FAA remote pilot license, and face other unnecessary restrictions. Losing the Special Rule would be a devastating blow to our hobby.

This is a critical moment to let your elected representatives know the importance of the Special Rule for Model Aircraft and the role of community-based organizations such as AMA.

Our community has operated safely for decades.  Model aviation has played a critical role in the innovations of new technology and encouraging young people to pursue an interest in science and technology fields. More than that, this long-standing hobby has been passed down from generation to generation and is a tradition for many American families.

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FAA Registration Update

Dear members,

Last month, we shared new information about the FAA’s UAS registration requirement, which Congress has reinstated.

Today, we are writing to let you know that President Trump has signed this bill making UAS registration a federal requirement again, including for AMA members.

For more information and frequently asked questions, please visit our federal registration page.

Thank you,
AMA Government Relations

Q: If I already registered, do I have register again?

A: You will not have to register again since this bill simply reverses the John Taylor case. We will share more as details emerge.

Q: Do I need to register again if I requested a refund and asked to be removed from the registration list?

A: You will need to re-register only if you received FAA confirmation that your request to be removed the database was honored.

Q: I did not request a refund/removal from registration database, will my registration number and expiration date stay the same?

A: Yes, your registration number and expiration date will remain the same unless you requested that the FAA remove your information from the database, and received FAA conformation of this removal.

Lawrence Harville
AMA District VIII
Vice President

Latest Guidelines from AMA from FAA Advocacy Meeting January 15 and 16

AMA issues and concerns discussed with FAA at the above referenced meeting:

  • Registration with the FAA is a requirement
  • Language on the FAA registration website is guidelines not regulations directed to the general public.
  • AMA members should continue to follow and abide by the AMA Safety Code.
  • AMA members can continue to use their AMA number as identification on their airplane.
  • 400 foot altitude limitation – by flying in accordance with the AMA Safety Code we can continue to fly over 400 feet provided airports within 5 miles have been notified of our activities. For info all known airports within 5 miles of Alvin have been notified.
  • UAS Registration over 55 pounds – requirements still under discussion with FAA
  • Personal information related to FAA registration – AMA is currently pressing the FAA to safeguard the security of this information.
  • Credit Card info at registration – FAA has agreed to accept gift credit cards such as Visa or MasterCard.
  • Registration by Mail (Paper Registration) – Currently paper registration forms are only available from FAA Flight Standards District Offices. AMA is working to acquire these documents which will allow AMA to send members copies upon request. If you do not have access to a computer you can get a member to help you with the registration.
  • Club owned trainers – club trainers will have the registration information from one of the Club Officers placed on the airplane.

8th Annual Worldwide Ringmaster Fly-A-Thon

I am contacting you in regard to the 8th Annual Worldwide Ringmaster Fly-A-Thon which is coming up on October 3rd and 4th! This is an appeal for you to encourage clubs and /or members of your district to participate in this event.

If you are not familiar with the Ringmaster Fly-A-Thon, it is the largest Control Line model Fun-Fly event in the World. You can read about the Fly-A-Thon in my feature article starting on page 37 in the September issue of Model Aviation (available now in the digital edition). The event is entirely run by volunteers and there are no fees or prizes!

Briefly, the Fly-A-Thon is a celebration of model aviation where pilots anywhere in the world fly some variety of the Ringmaster control line model and report their flights to an email address for tabulation into a report. The report contains a compilation of the locations and the number of flights and pilots that participated. There are no fees and no registration is involved. I have attached a file for the final report from the 2014 event to this message. It will give you an idea about participation for last year’s 7th Annual Fly-A-Thon. I have also attached files for the informational flyer in jpg, doc and PDF formats.

It would be a big help in promoting the Ringmaster Fly-A-Thon if you would email your clubs and/or members and encourage them to participate in this event. As you can see from last year’s report, quite a few AMA clubs and individuals from the US have already participated in past years. Nevertheless, it should be possible to recruit many more. You can also promote the Fly-A-Thon on your District’s WEB site and/or Facebook page.

If you would like to target just clubs that are control line and combination RC and control line, I can email you a file of such AMA clubs in your district. The file, obtained from AMA Headquarters, contains email addresses for the club contact person (in most cases).

I am the PR person for this event and will be happy to answer any questions you might have regarding the Fly-A-Thon.

John Cralley
AMA 52183
PH 309 452 7391 (cell 309 532 2497)

August 15 – National Model Aviation Day

Saturday, August 15 is National Model Aviation Day across the country. It is a charity event that supports The Wounded Warrior Project and local charities.

The event will be a simple fun fly for any type or size airplane. There will be plenty of flying and food will be served by local Boy Scouts.

Please share the event information with other clubs and friends even if they are not pilots maybe they will “catch the bug” the we have caught.  Hope to see you there and if you would like to help with the event please let us know at

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