Executive Council Meeting
Muncie IN
July 19, 2014
Official

Introductions
President's Report

Executive Vice President's Report
Chief Financial Officer's Report
Executive Director's Report

NAA Report
Committee Reports
Old Business
New Business


Note: NAA Representative J. Gaffney was not in attendance.

The Nominations Committee met from 8:00 – 8:10 a.m.

The regular meeting of the Executive Council began at 8:22 a.m. with an Executive Session. Following Executive Session the President reported that HQ received an email from District IV VP Bliss Teague tendering his resignation and appointing AVP Henry Mausolf to fill the position. The following motion was made:

MOTION I: Moved by A. Argenio (I) and seconded by R. Cameron (VI) as per the AMA By Laws, to accept the resignation of Bliss Teague as District IV Vice President and in accordance with his decision, accept Henry Mausolf as the Interim District IV Vice President until a special election can be held.
MOTION passed unanimously.

1. Opening Business 
a. Introductions: President Bob Brown, Bradford, PA; Executive Vice President Gary Fitch, Franklinville, NY; Chief Financial Officer Keith Sessions, Burlington, KY; District Vice Presidents: I-Andy Argenio, Smithfield, RI; II-Eric Williams, Schenectady, NY; III-Mark Radcliff, St. Marys, WV; District IV Interim VP Henry Mausolf, Fredericksburg, VA; V-Kris Dixon, Dexter, GA; VI-Randy Cameron, Springfield, MO; VII-Tim Jesky, Monroe, MI; VIII-Mark Johnston, Albuquerque, NM; IX-Jim Tiller, Custer, SD; X-Lawrence Tougas, Fairfield, CA; District XI Interim VP-Chuck Bower, Langley, WA; Executive Director Dave Mathewson and AMA Legal Counsel Felix Gora, Rendigs Fry Kiely & Dennis.

Attending HQ staff was Rich Hanson; Michael Smith; Shawn Grubbs; Vicki Barkdull; and Ilona Maine. 

Others in attendance were Rusty Kennedy, Leader Member chairman; Al Kanser, District II AVP/IMAA; Jay Marsh, District IV AVP; Lloyd Swanson, District VII AVP; Marc Shelstrom, District VII AVP; Randall Gibson, District VII AVP; Horrace D. Cain, District VIII; Marjorie Mausolf and Melvin Schuette. b. Additions to the Agenda

b. Additions to the agenda: 
There were no additions to the agenda.

c. Final Flight List (Appendix I):
McDonald Smith and Edward Burchell were added to the list; a moment of silence was observed.
 

2. Consent Agenda (Appendices II, III): 
It was moved, seconded and approved by acclamation to accept the Consent Agenda. Consent Agenda items: Approval of April 6, 2014 Executive Council meeting minutes; Mail/Conference calls of June 4, 2014 (FSAG), June 25, 2014 (FAA Interpretive-motions present at the meeting), call of July 10, 2014.

3. President’s Report 
FAA: Along with D. Mathewson and R. Hanson he attended a meeting with the FAA; Hanson will report on this later. He attended the AUVSI Convention in Orlando; many AMA members were in attendance showing interest in the UAS arena. While at the convention he and Hanson had a very positive conversation with J. Williams of the FAA. Discussions continue with Hobbico and Horizon pertaining to the FAA issue.

Foundation: The President reported to Council the four individuals being considered for appointment to the Foundation Board. He has received two reports, one from Dr. L. Jackson and one from D. Bott and will share them with Council.

4. Executive Vice President's Report
The EVP
attended the Joe Nall event and presided over the Annual Membership Meeting; the VPs in attendance had the opportunity to speak briefly to the audience.

He was invited to and attended an event in Houston, Texas, hosted by the Bayou City Flyers. Had the opportunity to speak with a large group of AMA members and the discussions ranged from ideas on large model aircraft to the FAA. He reported on a number of other events he attended.

Had a conference call with the Finance and Investment Committee including V. Barkdull, K. Sessions and D. Shuck (Merril Lynch). The CFO will report on this later.

He will be traveling to Denver, Colorado, to attend the Jim Wallen Memorial Fun Fly/Vintage Fly and present the President’s Award to Jim Wallen’s family.

5. Chief Financial Officer's Report 
Sessions reported the investment accounts are doing well; the changes to the structure mentioned at a previous meeting have been implemented which resulted in a reduction in fees. He is confident with AMA’s portfolio manager and likes the way he looks at the market.

At the last meeting there was discussion about generating a line of credit; Sessions is in discussion with Merril Lynch as well as other large institutions. To that end the following motion was made:

MOTION II: Moved by G. Fitch (EVP) and seconded by J. Tiller (IX) to move forward with retiring and restructuring the existing bond issue debt.
MOTION passed unanimously.

In January, Council passed the travel and expense policy; Sessions requested all receipts for expense accounts be turned in as soon as possible. HQ is getting close to preparing the budget for 2015 and needs this information. He reviewed the sanctions that would be implemented if HQ does not receive these in the agreed-upon time frame.

6. Executive Director’s Report
National Model Aviation Museum: After much time, work and effort, AMA’s museum has officially been recognized and certified by the National Air Force Museum. M. Smith submitted the required paperwork for recognition last year; the process also included a site visit by a representative of the Air Force Museum. Just this past week AMA was informed we have been recognized as a civilian museum within their program; this now makes the AMA museum eligible to receive loans. The next part of the project will be to meet with their collections department and review items for which we might be eligible.

Copyright Registration: AMA’s Safety Program (presented to the FAA in January 2013) has been copyrighted. Copyright is pending on the CBO Book, but it is expected soon. Mathewson noted that there is an assumed copyright on the PDF forms if it is indicated on the bottom of the forms.

Digital MA: Performing much better than projected.

Park Pilot Magazine: The Summer issue will be out next week. When this magazine goes digital it will have many of the same features of the digital MA.

Youth Leadership Award: J. Symmes recommends AMA/Council endorse a Youth Leadership Award. The overall feel was it is a great idea. Council recommendations included awarding one youth in each district per year; have an overall National winner who will receive a spot in Camp AMA; and advertise this award as people make nominations. Council approves of the concept but would like J. Symmes to incorporate the above suggestions and return to Council for approval by mail vote.

Camp AMA: 38 students attended this year. Mathewson thanked the community, Applebee’s, Outback Steakhouse, Johnny Carino’s, and Papa John’s; they donated lunch and dinner for the 38 attendees as well as the supervisors. He also thanked Jessy Symmes, Bill Pritchett, Nick Maxwell, Andrew Jesky, and A.C. Glenn for their involvement. It is a great opportunity for the kids to fly with their peers. HQ is looking at options for growth in the program.

AMS Project: Mathewson reviewed the work that has been ongoing over the past few months. Some of the work mentioned included the ability to offer ‘perks;’ and when a club re-charters there will be a feature that allows the person to drag and drop a pin on an interactive map that will give them the GPS coordinates of their flying site. This will help the Contest Coordinators with their sanctioning process (with regard to territories). The new online store/plans service will include the ability to offer incentives, discounts and special sales, as well as offer an automated way to search and order plans. The event calendar site will have a responsive design so a member can use their smart phone feature to find events within a specified mileage and can be filtered by radius or discipline. Members and clubs will have the ability to embed the calendar on their website. The members’ dashboard will allow members to customize their visit to the website, contact their district leadership and update their member information as well as numerous other options. The beta version of the website will be launched by the end of July; during testing HQ would like Council members and AVPs to be involved. Mathewson stated Council should do their best to break the system; HQ needs to know if there are any issues. The biggest testing will come from HQ staff and how they do their processing of the information. Testing will most likely last at least a month. Contest Coordinators will be included in the beta testing. When the switch to the new system is made, HQ will run parallel operations with GTI as a backup.

Northrup Contract: This has been completed and signed this past Tuesday; the plans have been donated to AMA by Mrs. Northrup. Mathewson thanked R. Kurek and M. Smith for their resolve in getting this accomplished.

S&S/Custom Products: An intern from Ball State completed a feasibility study; the ED will review the results. HQ met with the department head of the Center for Entrepreneurial Studies. The concept was to see if they were interested in taking on our custom products/supply and service operations as a project this fall to take a close look at the operations to see how we can improve the performance and results we are getting from those departments.

A second push email was sent to members relative to the Interpretive Rule; this one was a simplified version of the original email.  Following a conference call it was thought that a video would be beneficial to help explain the rule and what AMA would like members to do. Jay Smith and Rich Hanson shot the video in an effort to make it clearer; the responses nearly doubled from when the video was launched Thursday morning to Friday night. Mathewson reported that Hobbico/Tower pushed our email message to their list and Horizon is expected to do the same. HQ is entertaining the possibility of applying for an extension to the comment period for the Interpretive Rule; have requested a 60-day extension.

7. NAA REPORT
No report.

8. Committee Reports
Nominations
M. Johnston reported the Committee accepted all the paperwork as was submitted. Those nominees whose names will be placed on the special election ballot for District IV VP must have their paperwork at HQ by close of business on July 25, 2014.

MOTION III: Moved by R. Cameron (VI) and seconded by T. Jesky (VII) to place the names of Jay Marsh and Henry Mausolf on a special election ballot to fulfill the remainder of the term for District IV Vice President. Their paperwork is due at AMA HQ no later than the close of business July 25, 2014. This election will run concurrently with the regular election this year.
MOTION passed unanimously.

MOTION IV: Moved by M. Johnston (VIII) and seconded by E. Williams (II) to accept the report of the Nomination Committee and place the following names on the 2014 ballot:

EVP - Gary Fitch, Incumbent
           Horrace Cain

Dist III - Mark Radcliff, Incumbent

Dist VII - Tim Jesky, Incumbent

Dist XI - Charles Bower
                William Byers

MOTION passed unanimously.

Hall of Fame  (Appendix VI)
J. Tiller presented the Hall of Fame Selection Process Final report.

It was moved, seconded, and approved by acclamation to accept the report of the Hall of Fame Selection Process Committee.

Flying Site Assistance
D. Mathewson presented the report on behalf of T. Stillman. Stillman began at HQ May 1 to address the flying site assistance needs. In an effort to address the needs of the Strategic Plan, he is also working on competition and technical issues. There was a problem with the initial vote on contest board rules for the next cycle because the committees were not following the established rules. HQ created a PDF way to maintain a check and balance process for voting.

Stillman has cleaned up the Contest Coordinator Guideline book and Contest Director Guideline book. He is working through some world record issues with the FAI Executive Committee; and worked with J. Corn and A. Kanser to streamline the IMAA sanction process for the IMAA guys.

Stillman got the national park service issue about a month ago and between R. Hanson and Tony they have done a good job addressing that. A national park service rep reached out to the AMA (before the policy was issued) to help review it, as we had concerns with AMA chartered clubs that operate in the national park service system. AMA identified seven or eight clubs that currently operate in national parks; HQ created a survey to update that information so we have it on file and can react quicker should additional issues arise.

Council received copy of an article Stillman wrote titled "FLIGHT CHECK" for the national parks and recreation magazine.

Leader Member
R. Kennedy reported that his club, the Newport News RC club which operates within a park system, made a donation of $500 to AMA’s government relations fund; another member of the club donated $100 to the same fund.

Kennedy asked for permission to add all of the associate vice presidents to his Leader Member mailing list; all VPs had agreed. He would like to contact all 2,400 Leader Members and get them working together. Those that asked not to be contacted, will not be.

At one time the President had asked Kennedy to consider eliminating the categories of Leader Members and just have the general title of Leader Member. Rusty stated he has been a LM since 1984 and no one has ever asked him what category of Leader Member he was. Not having an assigned category will not change the duties and responsibilities of the Leader Member. Kennedy will prepare something for Council consideration.

He and G. Fitch have been working with AMA chartered chapters; currently there are eight chapters. Fitch noted that the changes Council made in the duties and responsibilities of the VPs, AVPs and Leader Members are designed to help promote the chapter concept.

Marketing/Membership
G. Fitch reported on behalf of J. Nance. He met with J. Nance, S. Grubbs, M. Benson, and E. Dobbs and covered a number of areas. Discussion included:

• Paid membership for this year up 2.2%; overall new membership up 5%.
• A large amount of new members are coming from social media (FB and Google Ads), as well as print media (Model Aviation and other magazines).
• In 2013 we had 6 mil plus, generated from dues revenue (Sept. 2012-July 2013); total this year shows increase of $100,855.
• Fitch reviewed the incentives provided to hobby shops when they are part of the AMA Hobby Shop Program. The program was updated and re-launched in 2012 and there are currently 236 shops in the program. In 2013 the program generated $13,910 in new memberships; this year we are on track for about the same.
• A review of the digital dashboard was presented; all areas have increased hits (the number of times people access the website).
• We are tracking the metrics in an effort to gain a better understanding of the likes and dislikes of our members; this allows us to develop programs that they feel will be beneficial.

AMA Expo: Council asked staff to take a good look at costs; contract with Ontario Convention Centers ends after the 2015 Expo. Requests for proposals were sent to seven locations; two locations did not respond to the request. After review the staff recommends staying at Ontario which is the least expensive venue; they are willing to sign a three year agreement. HQ was asked to request a quote from the Anaheim Convention Center. It is a large convention center in the center of the population of southern California, however it will most likely be more expensive.

Mathewson reported they (OCC) renegotiated two years ago and offered an additional 5k reduction in their offer for the 2016 contract year.

Fitch stated the committee will look into Anaheim.

AMA/EAA AirVenture: This year AMA will have a display at the EAA Museum, at the EAA Pathways Pavilion and the flight simulator trailer will be a KidVenture. Last year 50 new memberships were generated at the event; there were also numerous comments from AMA members who appreciated AMA being present. AMA was awarded EAA’s Young Eagle Horizon award; the President will accept the award on behalf of the Academy. This year EAA is allowing model aviation to be featured during their full-scale airshow. Matt Chapman and Frank Noll will perform a synchronized flight; Matt flying full scale and Frank flying a model. Following their flight there will be 4-5 model aviation pilots putting on a flying demonstration. The AMA President is encouraged by EAA’s decision to incorporate model aviation into the event and their willingness to work together in such a visible arena.

By Laws (Appendices VII, VIII, IX)
Argenio reported on the status of the By Law revisions. Out of the 15 Articles, 7 have gone through a majority vote. We are at the point of sending 3 of the Articles (III, IX and XI) to the Leader Members for ratification. The articles will be presented in a “two-column” format to the LM; one column showing the current version, the other the revised. Since these are fundamental changes it gives the members the opportunity to compare them side-by-side. For the benefit of newer Council members he reviewed the rationale for the changes that were made. Once sent, Leader Members will have 45 days to respond. At the end of the 45 days, Council as a body must adopt their decision.

At this point the President asked for an update on the Western Flying Site; Tougas will present an update at the October 2014 EC meeting.

E. Williams was then asked to give an update on the AMA Museum.

Museum
E. Williams reported Randall Gibson was added to the Museum Committee. They met with M. Smith and other museum staff. Williams reported the museum was built in 1993 and originally designed to be both AMA Headquarters and museum; there are some areas that need to be addressed. R. Gibson will work with M. Smith to look at those areas (which include maintenance of the building) and report to Council.

The website has been around for a while; the committee would like it to be exciting, immersive, attractive and forward in social media attraction. M. Smith and staff will investigate ways to make those connections.

Williams expects to have more to report at the October 2014 meeting.

Flying Site Grant
R. Cameron presented the committee’s recommendation. They would like to increase the size of the committee to allow for a representative from each AMA district. This would provide additional data samplings (scores) and will make it fair for all districts. District VPs should provide the name of a representative from their district not later than the October 2014 EC meeting. The committee will put together a conference call and/or Go To Meeting event (Jan or Feb 2015) to train the new committee members on scoring the applications.

It was moved, seconded and approved by acclamation to accept the recommended change to the Flying Site Improvement Grant program as presented July 19, 2014. Change: to increase the committee size to include a representative from each AMA District.

 9. New Business

Leader Club
It was requested to add “Club Participation in National Model Aviation Day (NMAD)” as an “Optional Item” (elective) to the Leader Club Program. Clubs put a lot of work into NMAD; this would give clubs something they could include on the Leader Club application.

It was moved, seconded and approved by acclamation to add “Participation in National Model Aviation Day” as an Optional Item in the Leader Club program.

By Law recommendation
This agenda item was referred to the By Law Committee for consideration.

AMA Slogan
Organizations have slogans for many different things, but it is primarily to indicate the organizations purpose and direction and provide meaning to the organization. AMA’s slogan “Get the Bug, its’ Awesome” served a good purpose when our focus was on membership and being involved with model aviation. It was proposed to change the slogan, for the time being, to “Safe and Responsible Aeromodeling”

It seems with the Interpretive Rule, we are facing a much different challenge. We should be telling the world what AMA is about, flying safely and responsibly. Now that external challenges and perceptions of the general public, media, politicians and similar opinion leaders are most critical, we need a slogan that conveys what AMA stands for. A new slogan can, and must, serve to differentiate AMA and its’ members from the outside world of irresponsible SUAS operators. Our world is a safe and responsible organization.

Concern was expressed relative to there being symmetry with our style guide and media guide. The Marketing Department was charged with developing a slogan for certain applications, which would address the challenges AMA is facing now. The slogan should be short and concise.

A report should be presented to Council in 15 days.

EXECUTIVE SESSION/LUNCH

Class CR Sanction Policy (Appendices X, XI)
Argenio, E. Williams and D. Mathewson reviewed the recent revisions (2012-2014) to the non-rule book guidelines for Class C and C-Restricted events that seem to have caused numerous issues for Contest Coordinators. They compared class restrictions (“Who” can attend and “What” aircraft can fly), event activities, class privileges (traditional dates and area protection) and identified the issues (ambiguity in definitions of C and CR events; class selection inconsistency; CR event accommodation, and the resistance to change.).

To help Contest Coordinators they created new definitions, detailed selection criteria, expanded CR and developed new instruction material. This was presented to Council for review.

The President asked that the new material be sent to Contest Coordinators for testing and request their input. Council should expect to make a decision at the October 2014 Council meeting.

Argenio will disseminate an additional option he developed to Council and the Contest Coordinators within the next 15 days.

Club/sanction supporting charity
This motion is presented to encourage and support AMA clubs to conduct such charitable events with the goals of promoting model aviation, promoting clubs, supporting AMA membership, and fulfilling social obligations.

It was moved, seconded, and approved by acclamation to approve the following motion:

On a case-by-case basis, and with the approval of the District Vice President and the Executive Director, any AMA club that conducts an AMA sanctioned event that benefits a bona fide charity, or to benefit Police Officers, Fire Fighters, First Responders, or United States Military personnel, may issue a free 90 day “AMA Trial Membership” to the registered participants (non AMA members) of such events, subject to program guidelines.

Such Trial Membership is with the proviso that the sanctioning club shall not charge any club membership fees or club dues to participating individuals during the Trial Membership period.

The 90-Day Trial Membership will require an individual to submit their email address, and acknowledgement to receive AMA emails. Such membership will include a 90 day trial subscription of the digital version of Model Aviation magazine. Individuals who enroll in this free 90 day trial membership are not eligible for subsequent, free AMA trial memberships. AMA Headquarters will create Trial Membership applications and promotional materials for the program, and utilize these Trial Memberships to encourage full paid membership via emails and other marketing techniques.

E. Williams noted that he and Tim had been talking about this for about 6-7 months; this came about originally from a concept from J. Rice when he was on Council. It is a win-win for clubs, for the AMA and for the charities.

FAA/Government Relations
TFR issue: HQ is trying to track down why AMA did not get notification of a recent TFR so we could put it out to our members. Hanson met with Brian Troop, manager over the Special Operations Security Center, the FAA portion of the activity that creates TFR’s. They talked about trying to get some relief for model aircraft restrictions that occur when the President travels. Troop did seem receptive to helping us push for some lessening of the restrictions. He was also supportive of AMA trying to get some form of electric park flying activity within the 50-mile freeze in the District of Columbia.

Interpretive Rule: Shortly after the Interpretive Rule came out AMA asked for a meeting with the FAA senior management. R. Hanson, D. Mathewson, B. Brown and M. Rose met with their 10-12 representatives that included Peggy Gilligan the Associate Administrator for Aviation Safety, public information people and the lawyers. In the meeting they seemed legitimately surprised that AMA took issue with the Interpretive Rule. They didn’t see where this would be a problem for us; in their mind they are just addressing those individuals not operating responsibly. They were not trying to harm the AMA community they were trying to address the legal case that put in question their authority to manage flight activity for unmanned aircraft, and those not operating responsibly.

There was much discussion about why they haven’t moved forward in recognizing AMA as a community based organization. The lawyers said they did not see where they had the authority to do that. Hanson received an email today from Jim Williams about the CBO issue and he seemed to indicate they are going to go back to the Advisory Circular approach, and address CBO in a revision to AC 91 57.

When the subject of air space issues came up, they indicated they did not intend to affect us but could not agree to anything to resolve the issue until the public comment period is over. Hanson was told the meeting itself was being docketed and would be included as part of the comment exchange.

Under the Freedom of Information Act, AMA (F. Gora put the paperwork together) has asked for all of the information on the supposed near-misses and airplane UAS sightings. AMA wants to see the data because we are not so sure that what is being reported is actually occurring. We also want to know how earnestly they are trying to figure out what happened since model aviation gets blamed for it in the media.

A Council member is of the opinion that we need to view the FAA through their actions, not what they are saying. He feels they want to put restrictions on us that do not interfere with their core responsibility. That this is a political problem and the only way to change it is to go to our federal representatives and ask them to intercede on our behalf. He is in favor of direct action from our members to their congress people. The ED cautioned against approaching the members before the comment period is over. It is a matter of timing and when is the best time to do that. AMA needs to look to our political consultant for guidance as well; he is working the issue through the political channels right now. AMA may file a Notice of Intent which reserves and preserves the right to sue somewhere down the road. By doing this, it leaves the door open for negotiating the issue to see if we can come to a reasonable resolution. HQ is also is in the process of evaluating media firms for hire; Council needs to be prepared and know that there is an investment here as well.

The ED’s recommendation for the first part of this week is to a) take the measured approach and file the Notice of Intent to reserve our right to legal action if we decide, and b) submit our formal response this week with the help of an attorney to provide the legal aspect.

The overall strategy AMA is using on this effort was created by Council over the last two conference calls and being implemented by HQ with the help of our political consultant and the aviation-related attorney. 

UAS Program: Last October Council passed a motion that instructed staff to develop a small UAS program for AMA. During the last eight months in developing a program AMA has made a lot of overtures to people outside the organization as far as partnering with this program; everything from aero photography groups to precision AG groups.

Hanson outlined the small UAS program as developed. The program includes the individual elements of Legitimacy; Education-as to the best practices for doing what they are doing; Training-so they have the skill to operate the aircraft; Safety-know the safety rules they need to follow; Registration-a way to register their aircraft; Endorsement-an endorsement that validates their knowledge, skills and ability; Classification-different classes such as fixed wing and rotorcraft platforms; Insurance-AMA’s current insurance program covers the individual doing this for personal use. The policy precludes you from coverage if you are using this for a business purpose. Through AMA’s insurance broker, HQ has been in discussion with the underwriter Star Aviation to put together an affinity-type insurance program for those wanting to use the platforms for business purposes; Program Support Advocacy; Media, and Marketing. There would be a sUAS web site (cost for subscription) that will be technology driven and could be used on any platform (tablet, PC, watches, phones, etc.).

Cost to get program started/rough budget for 17 months (through 2015): staffing (1.5 full time employees)-95k; travel-30k; web site development/maintenance-15k; other operating expenses-15k; marketing-95k, for a total of 250k. Using a signed up new member at $58 and apply a service fee of $75/person, AMA would break even at 3,500 members. It was thought this could be achieved in two years. During discussion in Orlando with representatives from a major aviation insurance company in the industry, they indicated their part of the initial market is reaching 15k potential policy holders. The affinity-type insurance program is structured so there is no risk to the AMA. (It must be customized to the individual and includes many variables.) Will explore the idea of a ‘referral fee’ for the AMA.

Comments included:

• Should back off on this for a while to see how things go with the FAA. Don’t see a gain for AMA; this is a highly volatile subject. AMA can only educate the bad actors if they want to be educated. Must worry about core members, the hobbyist.
• AMA should move ahead, taking into consideration what the FAA does and adapt to it.
• It is important to distinguish ourselves and what we are, our core value of safety and responsibility. It is important to recognize the technology, we can’t get away from that
• This program is about education and training the responsible portion of this community.
• If we pull away from this program AMA will still get blamed when bad things happen; it’s all about education which is what we are doing.
• We are so far behind the window of opportunity; the only choice people who want to fly responsibly and safely have without the program, would be to wait two years for the small UAS rule to come out.
• There are threats to AMA out there, and those organizations are looking to step into this ‘gray area’ opportunity which is somewhere between the true recreational modeler and the other end of the scale (that AMA is not interested in) the true commercial operator. Someone is going to fill that gray area.
• Irresponsible people who join our program will still operate irresponsibly; it will have a bad impact on AMA.
• We are not going to avoid the problems by avoiding the ever-evolving technology. AMA should be on the leading edge creating a standard for this rather than on the trailing edge reacting to it
• If we don’t do this someone else will. There is a need and a market from the legitimate community of SUAS to have a program. We can choose to be a decision maker there and be in control, guide it and form it the way we want or we can sit back and let someone else do it.
• AMA has asked the community what they want/need and we have the demographics from the MCA report. Don’t look at this as commercial operation because it is not. There is a small element that is light commercial; but we are talking purposeful use and personal use which is the larger component of the entire program. Those are the people that want to help their communities with such things as firefighting and precision Ag.

MOTION V: Moved by A. Argenio (I) and seconded by E. Williams (II) that Headquarters continue with the small UAS program and allocate $250,000 over 18 months for implementation.
MOTION passed: 7-Y; 6-N (III, V, VII, VIII, X and XI)

The CFO offered the following as something to think about and discuss with their district membership. When AMA has to spend money on attorney fees and government regulation issues that is additional pressures we have not had in the past. We look for every opportunity to maximize dollars, and bring money in from any source we can. At some point we are going to have to discuss raising dues; that has not happened for 17 years. Right now, based upon what is going on in the community and the value our members are seeing from what we are doing, we have a right to ask for additional funds. If AMA took into account only inflation over the past 17 years, dues should be $75. This is not a decision to be made lightly. Council was asked to canvas their members about how they feel about having to raise money to help with AMA programs and support. When Council meets in October there will be a discussion on this. Nothing could happen for 2015, it would be 2016 at the earliest.

The President asked Council to give him their ideas on a Management Plan for beyond 2015. Council must begin developing this in 2015.

AWARDS
No awards were requested.

NEXT MEETING
October 11-12, 2014 Muncie IN.

The meeting adjourned at 4:40 p.m.