We’ll keep in touch
One of our goals at AMA Headquarters is to make sure that you have all of the latest aeromodeling news. This includes updates on the ever-evolving FAA situation,
how you can get your hands on the hottest new products, and
news about how the sport is growing. If you rely solely on
the print editions of Model Aviation or Park Pilot for the latest
news, you should know that the news sometimes changes
by the time those magazines reach your mailbox. But don’t
worry—we have other outlets to get this information to you!
There are roughly 40 business days between the time
that we first receive materials for Model Aviation magazine
and the day that you get the print edition. Because Park
Pilot is published quarterly, the time between shipments of
each edition is even longer. This is simply the nature of how
magazines are produced.
As I write this, the date is February 4. If you are reading this
on your tablet or smartphone, it is likely March 15. If you just
retrieved your copy of the April issue from your mailbox, it is
probably sometime between March 23 and March 28.
Whatever information we include in this issue about the
most recent FAA decisions and news is what is current as
the magazine goes to press. Sometimes things change the
day before we send the files to be printed, and we make
last-minute alterations. Other times, the FAA releases a
big announcement while the magazine pages are being fed
through the printing press.
As technology has changed and evolved, so has AMA.
We now have a handful of electronic newsletters, a monthly
aeromodeling news show on You Tube, and a few websites
that are frequently updated. We also distribute the latest
information through blogs on our website, a Facebook page,
and Twitter. New social media posts are added nearly every
day. We also use mass email.
Our newsletters are sent to you through email. AMA Today,
a biweekly electronic newsletter, often includes information
about government relations, clubs, upcoming events, what’s
in the next issue of Model Aviation, and items on sale in the
National Modal Aviation Museum store.
Our monthly electronic newsletters include Ground Control
and Flightline. Ground Control provides specific information
for club officers, contest directors, Leader Members, and
associate vice presidents. You don’t have to fall into one of
these categories to subscribe.
Flightline is geared toward our Youth members and includes
topics of interest to a younger generation of pilots. Anyone
with an email address can visit www.modelaircraft.org, click
on publications, then newsletters, select a newsletter, and click
the subscribe button to receive this publication. Most archived
issues can also be read on this website.
Cloud 9 is a printed newsletter that is sent to National
Model Aviation Museum patrons. It shares information about
museum development, acquisitions, plans, and needs. You must
be a museum patron to receive this newsletter.
We have a newsletter geared specifically toward AMA
Foundation donors called The Torch. It is emailed quarterly
to anyone who donates at least $10 to the AMA Foundation.
Included is information about how donor funds are being used,
and has donor highlights and inspirational stories.
In late spring and early summer, one of our most popular
publications, NatsNews, is produced daily and printed for
those who visit the
Center, in Muncie, Indiana,
for the Nats. A link to it is
also sent out via an email,
to which you can subscribe.
Archives are posted at
All of these newsletters
might sound like a great
member benefit and pique your interest, but you might not be
receiving them. Perhaps you used to see them in your mailbox,
along with other emails from AMA, but after a while, they
stopped coming. Maybe you have clicked something along
the way that caused you to opt out of them, or we might not
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