Benefits of this Association


  • Sanctioned events - more than 2,500 annually
  • Assistance in getting and keeping flying sites
  • National Safety Advisory Program and Safety Code Standards
  • Annual Youth Scholarship Program
  • Youth Education Programs, TAG Grant
  • Club Chartering Program providing club and site assistance to nearly 2,450 local clubs
  • Dues structured by age groups ‑ and youth membership is free.
  • Opportunities to serve in leadership roles of Contest Director and/or Leader Member
  • World Championships Teams selection and financing, plus travel assistance
  • Support and promotion for the sport of aeromodeling for schools, service groups, and clubs
  • Club Officer Recognition
  • Mall Show Programs for clubs
  • Historic Preservation and Research programs (Museum, Archives, and Library)
  • Introductory Pilot Program
  • Attendance at major modeling trade shows for member assistance and to provide public awareness of aeromodeling
  • Conduct of volunteer programs for members participating in the International Aeromodeling Center activities
  • Leader club recognition
  • Hobby shop displays as an AMA information center
  • Hall of Fame recognition
  • Large Model Airplane program for models over 55 pounds
  • Turbine Waivers for jet pilots


  • Liability Coverage for the Operation of Model Aircraft, Boats, Cars, and Rockets
  • $2,500,000 Comprehensive General Liability Protection for model activities for members, clubs, site owners, and sponsors
  • $25,000 Accident/Medical Coverage for members
  • $10,000 Maximum Accidental Death Coverage for members
  • $1,000 Fire, Theft, and Vandalism Coverage for members
  • Primary Site Owner Insurance
  • Advocates with legislators at the local, state, and federal levels to ensure our members can continue to fly safely
  • Engages with the Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Defense, Federal Communications Commission, and others to help safely integrate model aircraft into the national airspace
  • Serves in an advisory capacity for the FAA's Drone Advisory Committee (DAC), Aviation Rulemaking Committees (ARC), the UAS Safety Team (UAST), and numerous other federal aviation efforts representing the hobby community
  • Published information ‑‑Financial reports, Contest Calendar, Construction Articles, Claim reports, and general news
  • Information how to obtain Non Profit status to retain income as a Tax Exempt organization under IRS Section 501(c)(3)
  • Accumulated assets ($11 million)
  • Safeguarding radio frequencies through liaison with Federal Communications Commission
  • Achievements recognized through the Awards Programs
  • World Record performances processed through FAI
  • Affiliate of National Aeronautical Association
  • Contest scheduling coordination to avoid conflicts
  • National Records recognized and recorded
  • National Model Aviation Museum ‑ free admission to all members
  • Museum Store for visitors
  • Museum Patron Program
  • Support and sponsorship of technical meetings
  • United States representation to the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI), Lucerne, Switzerland
  • More than 50 full-time staff members dedicated to serving all aspects of aeromodeling interests
  • The National Center for Aeromodeling, the world's only full‑time model aviation facility
  • Lee Renaud Memorial Library ‑ more than 25,000 publications and books with research service available
  • Specialty member programs offered only through AMA membership ‑ Credit Cards and Eye Care Discounts
  • Serving aeromodeling since 1936
  • Affiliate of National Aeronautical Association
  • Federal land use with Department of Interior
  • District meetings for in-person contact
  • Free 800 number for member service
  • Administrative staff to assist with explanation of various programs
  • Online Club Chartering Guide
  • Online Membership Manual
  • AMA Plans Service offering 15,000+ model airplane plans.
  • AMA Merchandise


  • National Aeromodeling Championships, world's largest model airplane contest
  • World Championships and other special activities hosted
  • Development of new outdoor promotional modeling events


  • Model Aviation magazine ‑ The AMA Voice of Aeromodeling News
  • Standardized AMA competition rules ‑ the FAI Sporting Code Competition Regulations
  • Modeling publications available to members from AMA Store.
  • Ground Control newsletter for club officers, leader members, Contest Directors, Event Managers, and AVPs
  • Delta Dart Kit and AMA Alpha for introduction to aeromodeling from AMA Store.
  • Hobby Shop Lists for promotional needs
  • Club Labels for promotional needs
  • Club Newsletter Labels for promotional needs
  • Museum newsletter Cloud 9 for patrons
  • Model Flier's Sporting license for sanctioned events
  • Advertising about the Association Services in other modeling publications
  • AMA Expo
  • Sport Aviator (online magazine) – Dedicated to helping the new model pilot
  • Grand Event – exposing individuals to all aspects of the hobby of modeling

AMA Programs For Members


Sign 3 • Fly Free Program

RC Flight Instruction

Flying Site Assistance Program

Flying Site Help

Intro-Pilot Program

Mall Shows


AMA Flight School

Learn sUAS


Educator Support

Lee Renaud Memorial Research Library


Club Recognition and Reward Program

Leader Club Program

Leader Clubs


Leader Member

Contest Director

Appreciation Awards

Life Membership Information

AMA Hall of Fame

AMA Walk of Fame


World Championships


A comprehensive package of support materials is available free of charge. An excellent video is also available and may be borrowed by chartered clubs. In addition, qualified AMA staffers may visit clubs and local government agencies for meeting regarding site acquisition. Write to the Marketing Department at AMA Headquarters.

Discover Flight website

An intro-pilot program is available to all chartered clubs. Qualified pilots from chartered clubs may participate. Instructors can train non-AMA members to fly airplanes during a time period of 60 consecutive days, and students are covered by the liability provisions of the AMA insurance policy. Full details are available from the Safety and Member Benefits Department at AMA Headquarters.

The AMA Headquarters staff will ship free handout materials to chartered clubs and award a commemorative pin to workers. Clubs need to notify AMA Headquarters 30 days prior to their planned show to allow time for shipping.


Several scholarships are awarded annually to young AMA members entering a college or university. Annual awards total approximately $40,000.

 Educator Support

A classroom package is available to educators.This package contains suggestions for classroom activities, lists sources of materials, and identifies other companies and associations which provide documentation and guidance. The use of model aviation techniques by teachers can enhance learning opportunities for students in mathematics and various sciences. Contact the Education Department.

Located at AMA Headquarters in Muncie, Indiana, the Lee Renaud Memorial Research Library is open for research. The library is a great source for research and AMA historical information. Collections of modeling magazines spanning many decades are available for examination. Direct all inquiries to the museum at (765) 287-1256 ext. 508 or 511.


A program designed to recognize leaders in the modeling community. Three classifications exist: Administrative, Industry, and Scientific. Members recognized in this program help to administer Academy activities as well as maintain and vote on the AMA bylaws. Information and applications are available form the Membership Department at AMA Headquarters.

In an effort to recognize the leadership of the finest and most dedicated AMA Chartered Clubs, the Academy offers the Leader Club Awards. These awards can be earned by any AMA Chartered Club that demonstrates the highest standards of community service, involvement and modeling activity. For further information on qualification, please read this PDF, or contact the Programs Department.

Contest Directors are responsible for organizing and running flying events through the AMA sanctioning program. For questions, contact the Competitions/Technical Department at AMA Headquarters. Call (765) 287-1256 Ext. 252.

Clubs may purchase appreciation awards for flying site providers and others who assist chartered clubs in their endeavors. The AMA certificate is nicely designed and arranged for signature by a club officer. A walnut-mounted plaque, with up to 30 words inscribed by calligraphy and decorated with a gold seal and red, white, and blue ribbon, is only $25 postpaid. Contact the Programs Department.

For a contribution of $1,500, you become an AMA contributing member with Life membership privileges. Your Life membership provides automatic annual renewal of AMA membership which includes:
Model Flier's license
Model Aviation
Permanent bronze license card
Continuing recognition of your contribution through issuance of special "L" AMA number. Example: L330
Call or write Life Member Clerk, JoEllen Eppards at , for additional information.

AMA Hall of Fame

Established in 1969, the AMA Hall of Fame honors those men and women who have made significant contributions to the sport of aeromodeling. The list of members is long and distinguished. Contributions may be in volunteer or administrative activities, product development, competition performance, or a variety or combination of activities.

The selection committee is composed of past and present AMA presidents and one individual selected from each of the 11 districts by their respective vice presidents. Each year, a new class is inducted into the AMA Hall of Fame, and the winners are announced in Model Aviation magazine.

Any AMA member can submit a Hall of Fame nomination. For a nomination form or further information, contact the Erin Dobbs in the Programs department at (765) 287-1256, ext. 272

List of Members.

AMA Walk of Fame

What better way to honor a club member or celebrate your club than to sponsor a symbol of support for your national organization? This gift to the Academy is not only tax-deductible, but is a permanent sign of your dedication to aeromodeling. Click here for more information and the order form.


Any AMA member has the opportunity to represent the U.S.A. and AMA in an international aeromodeling competition event. Trials for selecting members of world championship teams are held annually. Details are published in Model Aviation magazine. They are also obtainable through the Competitions/Technical Department at AMA Headquarters. All international events are authorized by the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale.

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