Aeromodeling encompasses the design, building and flying of model aircraft, in all their various forms. Once viewed as just a hobby, aeromodeling has become one of the largest and most popular air sports in the world.
Aeromodeling can be traced back to the Wright Brothers, who used kites and model airfoils to test their theories on controlled flight. Models are still highly practical today as they are often designed for theoretical work and before full-size aircraft go into production.
The Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) oversees the sport of aeromodeling, and represents more than 170,000 members and 2,500 model aviation clubs. AMA was founded in 1936; today AMA lists its purpose as the “promotion, development, education and advancement of modeling activities.” It is a non-profit organization dedicated to developing aeromodeling as a recognized sport and worthwhile recreation activity. AMA sanctions more than a thousand model competitions throughout the country each year.
Academy of Model Aeronautics website: www.modelaircraft.org