Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) News

Georgia Tech’s UMASC Club Wins Collegiate Drone Racing Championship

One of AMA’s University Model Aviation Student Clubs (UMASC), Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech), won the inaugural Collegiate Drone Racing Championship, hosted by Purdue University, on Saturday, April 15. The club received more than $15,000 worth of equipment and prizes. The 48 competitors on the team used their homemade creations to navigate a complicated obstacle course at speeds reaching 80 to 90 mph. UMASC University of California, Berkeley and Purdue University also participated.

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Buy, Fly, Repeat at the AMA Foundation Swap Meet

Spread the word! The AMA Foundation is hosting a swap meet to clear out RC Resale inventory June 16 and 17 at the Nats Headquarters building at the International Aeromodeling Center (IAC) in Muncie IN. Several individuals have generously donated airplanes, engines, kits, parts, and many other treasures to the AMA Foundation’s new RC Resale store to help support its mission.

2017 AMA Scholarship Winners Selected

AMA is happy to announce that $48,000 in scholarship money has been awarded to 11 high school graduates from across the nation. AMA’s scholarship program has grown in recent years to include the following scholarships: the Charles Hampson Grant Scholarship, the Cliff and Nancy Telford Memorial Scholarship, the Toledo Weak Signals Scholarship, the Ryan M. Sherrow Memorial Scholarship, the Dorothy and Basil Cooper Memorial Scholarship, and the Dewey O. Broberg Jr. Memorial Scholarship (awarded during the UAS4STEM national contest). The scholarships are created through funds donated by model aviation organizations and individuals, AMA members, and a portion of AMA member dues.

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AMA Launches E-Newsletter for Helicopter and Multirotor Enthusiasts

Earlier this month, AMA released the first issue of its new monthly electronic newsletter: Model Aviation Rotor Report! This newsletter focuses on the interests of model helicopter and multirotor enthusiasts and features content from Model Aviation magazine, as well as AMA’s other media outlets

Save the Date for International Drone Day

This year’s International Drone Day is May 6. This special day was started to educate those outside of the drone community about the many positive ways in which drones can be used to help society. The mantra for the day is “Drones are Good!”

AMA Foundation to Host Inaugural Jet Rally

As the AMA Foundation enters its fourth year of operation, we continue to expand our programming and outreach throughout the model aviation community. Our team is elated to announce that we will be hosting the AMA Foundation for the Future Jet Rally as our first major fundraising event, August 24-27, in Ottumwa, Iowa.

All proceeds from the event will benefit the AMA Foundation, which was established to support the past, present, and future of model flying. Our team raises money for all of the great programs that AMA has established to continue to expand and escalate the hobby.

To learn more about the AMA Foundation for the Future Jet Rally visit our website. Here you can get all the details of the event and register.