This was a busy week for AMA President Bob Brown who spent two days in Washington, DC working on behalf of the AMA membership. On June 26th, Bob represented the AMA at a meeting of all United States Air Sport Organizations (ASOs) under the auspices of the National Aeronautic Association (NAA). The NAA is the governing body of all air sports in the US. A number of topics were discussed that were of interest to the hobby of model aeronautics. A major topic discussed was the Federation Aeronautique Internationale, and the future of the relationships it holds with the NAA and all ASOs.
On June 27th, Bob Brown and AMA’s Government and Regulatory Affairs representative, Rich Hanson, met with the staffs of several members of the US House of Representatives to discuss the value of model aviation as an outstanding example of a recreational and educational activity in this country. President Brown also spoke to the fact that model aviation, likely more than any other aviation-related activity, is the perfect breeding ground for the next generation of aviation and aerospace engineers. He pointed out the importance of the future of the aviation industry and the necessity for young people to carry on the tradition of excellence in aviation that this country is known for. AMA believes that model aviation provides that resource to the industry.
While in Washington, Bob had the opportunity to visit with Oklahoma Senator James Inhofe and his staff to thank the team for their strong support in introducing an amendment to the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 to help protect model aviation from overbearing and unnecessary regulation. “The senator has been a great advocate for AMA and all aeromodelers and we sincerely appreciate his efforts on our behalf,” said President Brown.
To learn more about the current status of the FAA’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) and impending FAA regulation please visit the AMA Government Relations section of the Academy of Model Aeronautic’s website.