Fielding Questions

HI, EVERYONE! It’s hard to believe we are already in the middle of the 2011 flying season. Things are getting pretty hot here in Southeast Georgia, so flying in the morning or evening is the rule.

AMA has a new Executive Director, former AMA President Dave Mathewson. I am excited to be working closer now with Dave as AMA turns a new page.
This summer, we will be celebrating 75 years of AMA. I am proud to be part of this organization that is moving forward to protect and improve our enjoyment of model aviation.

As part of improving what AMA can provide for its members, I wanted to take some time to discuss a new project: adding a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) area on the Flying Site Assistance section of the AMA website (

In my first 12 months as the Flying Site Assistance Coordinator, I have had many questions asked that have been repeated by subsequent members who contact me for help. I think it would be helpful to have these questions answered on the website so that everyone can benefit.

I already have a short list of questions that come to mind, but I would also like some input from our readers. Some of these questions included:

1. How can AMA help me find a new flying site?
2. What resources and funding is available from AMA?
3. What is the recommended flying site layout?
4. How much space do I need to be looking for?
5. How does our AMA insurance cover the site owner?

A few years ago, I wrote an electronics column for a small magazine called RC REPORT. Perhaps you have heard or read the magazine.

I often asked readers to send me questions, and I would comment or answer them in the column. This worked out very well for me and the reader! It helped me to see what the readers are looking for and keep me up-to-date on what was happening. I think doing a similar thing for Flying Site Assistance would be smart.

So, how about it? I would love to hear your questions about flying site concerns. Questions can be about obtaining or modifying or improving your site. You might have concerns about how best to protect your site so it will be around for years to come. You might ask about what AMA’s role should be in supporting clubs in this area.

In any event, I would like to hear from you. I have found that most AMA members are really good at asking questions. Please take time to e-mail me at with your questions to put on the website. I will collect these and work up answers that can help clubs, both new and old.

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