January 14, 2013
Ontario, California

EVP G. Fitch, District IV VP B. Teague and District V VP J. Soto were not in attendance.

It was moved, seconded and approved by acclamation to accept the minutes of the October 20, 2012 Executive Council meeting.

MOTION I: Moved by E. Williams (II) and seconded by M. Radcliff (III) all documents in the CBO proposal will be registered for copyright. All other publically available AMA documents will be evaluated for the purpose of application of non-registered copyright.
MOTION passed unanimously

MOTION II: Moved by J. Wallen (IX) and seconded by E. Williams (II) that the AMA Heritage Society be formed by the AMA Foundation, with the purpose to encourage the naming of AMA in wills and estate planning.
MOTION passed unanimously

MOTION III: Moved by J. Wallen (IX) and seconded by R. Cameron (VI) to increase the minimum for restricted/designated scholarships in the AMA Foundation Bylaws to $12,000, from $5,000.
MOTION passed unanimously

It was moved, seconded and approved by acclamation to accept the document titled “Academy of Model Aeronautics Duties Guidance for AMA Vice Presidents” as modified January 14, 2013.  Modifications:

AMA Vice Presidents: National Responsibilities – add item 10- Become familiar with the business tools used by the Executive Council such as Office 2010, Microsoft Word, Excel, Power Point, Drop Box, Go To Meeting or any other tools used for collaboration.

AMA Vice Presidents: District Responsibilities – add item 13- Acknowledge the efforts of club officers, clubs and members who advance the AMA Mission, through an awards program.

Council agreed to accept the modifications to Documents 550 and 560 presented January 14, 2013. Modifications:

Add footer to each document containing latest revision date.

Remove disclaimer box from documents.

Doc 550 item 3-g now reads: Before the initial FPV flight of an FPV model aircraft and/or after any changes or repairs to essential flight systems, the FPV model aircraft must have an R/C Test Flight by conventional VLOS.

Doc 560 item 3-c now reads: AMA Pilots must perform an R/C Test Flight of a model aircraft before activating a newly installed autopilot or stabilization system and/or after any repairs or replacement of model aircraft Essential Flight Systems.

Doc 550/560 item 6 now reads: The use of imaging technology for aerial surveillance with radio control model aircraft having the capability of obtaining high-resolution photographs and/or video, or using any types of sensors, for the collection, retention, or dissemination of surveillance data or information on individuals, homes, businesses, or property at locations where there is a reasonable expectation of privacy is strictly prohibited by the AMA unless written expressed permission is obtained from the individual property owners or managers.


Flight Envelope is defined as the range of airspeeds, attitudes and flight maneuvers which a model aircraft can safely perform/operate for the aircrafts intended use.

Non-Essential Flight Systems are any systems or components that are not necessary to maintain stable flight within the model aircraft’s flight envelope. (This includes autopilot or stabilization systems that can be activated and deactivated in flight by the pilot without affecting stable flight.)

Essential Flight Systems are any systems or components necessary to maintain stable flight within a model aircraft’s flight envelope. (This includes primary R/C systems and any stabilization or gyros required to maintain stability and heading in certain types of model aircraft that would otherwise be uncontrollable or unstable without their use.)

R/C Test Flight requires an AMA Pilot to manually operate an R/C transmitter to control a model aircraft’s flight path by conventional VLOS and determine if the aircraft is capable of maintaining stable flight within its safe intended Flight Envelope. 

MOTION IV: Moved by T. Jesky (VII) and seconded by E. Williams (II) to approve the modifications to the Charles H. Grant Scholarship application as submitted January 14, 2013. Modifications:

Change the Charles H. Grant Scholarship ranking criteria to give equal weight to modeling activities and academics.

To expand the application criteria to matriculated students on certain scholarships.

Change the application deadline to June 30th, from April 30th.

 MOTION passed unanimously

It was moved, seconded and approved by acclamation that on the recommendation of the District VP and with concurrence by the Executive Director and AMA President, effective October 2012 AMA HQ automatically extend to the following year Leader Club status, and extend for 90 days beyond the March 31 deadline Club Charter renewals on a case by case basis for those affected by Super Storm Sandy.

Council agreed that August 17, 2013 will be observed as National Model Aviation Day to support (in 2013) the Wounded Warriors. T. Jesky, the ED and designated HQ staff will work to promote the event.