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The AMA Podcast brings you the inside stories from the hobby of model aviation by hearing from those who live and breathe modeling. Hosted by AMA's Matt Ruddick and rotating co-hosts Mark Benson, Dillon Carpenter, Kyle Jaracz, Jay Smith, Michael Smith and Tony Stillman.

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The AMA Podcast brings you the inside stories from the hobby of model aviation by hearing from those who live and breathe modeling. Hosted by AMA's Matt Ruddick and rotating co-hosts Mark Benson, Dillon Carpenter, Kyle Jaracz, Jay Smith, Michael Smith and Tony Stillman.

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By dfthorp - Jan 19 2020
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Hi Guys. Thanks for the informative information and taking the time to Kwok is updated in this growing debate of the FAA trying to impose rules that might not be good for our hobby. Keep up the good work.

Matt is awesome

By Tjb5099 - Sep 30 2019
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Matt is a wonderful ambassador for our hobby, through everything he does he kills it!

iTunes Ratings

21 Ratings
Average Ratings
18
2
0
1
0

Thank You.

By dfthorp - Jan 19 2020
Read more
Hi Guys. Thanks for the informative information and taking the time to Kwok is updated in this growing debate of the FAA trying to impose rules that might not be good for our hobby. Keep up the good work.

Matt is awesome

By Tjb5099 - Sep 30 2019
Read more
Matt is a wonderful ambassador for our hobby, through everything he does he kills it!
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The AMA Podcast

Latest release on Feb 21, 2020

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The AMA Podcast brings you the inside stories from the hobby of model aviation by hearing from those who live and breathe modeling. Hosted by AMA's Matt Ruddick and rotating co-hosts Mark Benson, Dillon Carpenter, Kyle Jaracz, Jay Smith, Michael Smith and Tony Stillman.

Rank #1: Ep 16 - January 6, 2020: FAA Update with Government Affairs Director Tyler Dobbs

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January 6, 2020

On December 26, the FAA released a proposed rule for remote identification of UAS. There are several areas of concern with the proposed rule that AMA will be pushing back on and we need your help advocating for change.

While the proposal does include AMA’s request to exempt flying sites, the rule should also provide community-based organizations (CBOs), like AMA, more flexibility to establish and maintain fixed flying sites that satisfy remote ID compliance. Second, the rule should create a pathway for remote ID compliance at AMA events and competitions, which may not take place at fixed flying sites. Third, the rule should account for situations where there is no internet connectivity, as many safe places to fly are in rural areas with little or no service. Finally, the rule should not require modelers to register every aircraft individually.

The FAA is accepting comments on the remote ID proposal until March 2, 2020. We have also requested an extension on the comment period to give everyone more time to weigh-in. To help us achieve the best possible outcome on the final rule, it is critically important that everyone submit a comment.

Please submit a formal comment to the FAA as soon as possible at
https://www.federalregister.gov/docum...

You may use our template as a response - http://amablog.modelaircraft.org/amag...

To submit a comment, go to the remote ID proposal page on the federal website here. Click on the “SUBMIT A FORMAL COMMENT” button at the top of the page. You can copy and paste the template in the blog below into the comment box, edit it to include your personal experience, or create your own message entirely. Complete the form and click on the “SUBMIT COMMENT” button at the end. Please note that comments and information provided are public knowledge.

Jan 06 2020

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Rank #2: Ep 17 - January 13, 2020: Remote ID Part 2 with Tyler Dobbs

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This week, Government Affairs Director Tyler Dobbs is back to talk more about the Remote ID NPRM in-depth, and clear up some misconceptions that have been seen on social media.

The FAA is accepting comments on the remote ID proposal until March 2, 2020. We have also requested an extension on the comment period to give everyone more time to weigh-in. To help us achieve the best possible outcome on the final rule, it is critically important that everyone submit a comment.

Please submit a formal comment to the FAA as soon as possible at
https://www.federalregister.gov/docum...

You may use our template as a response - http://amablog.modelaircraft.org/amag...

To submit a comment, go to the remote ID proposal page on the federal website here. Click on the “SUBMIT A FORMAL COMMENT” button at the top of the page. You can copy and paste the template in the blog below into the comment box, edit it to include your personal experience, or create your own message entirely. Complete the form and click on the “SUBMIT COMMENT” button at the end. Please note that comments and information provided are public knowledge.

Jan 13 2020

31mins

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Rank #3: Ep 9 - The RC Roundtable Podcast with Lee Ray and Fitz Walker (Live from AMA Expo)

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This week, we talk with Lee Ray and Fitz Walker from the RC Roundtable podcast. They talk about how they got started in modeling, how they met, the origins of the RC Roundtable, and just where is Terry Dunn!

Visit the RC Roundtable at www.RCRoundtable.com

If you'd like to send us a comment, question or suggestion for the show, email us at podcast@modelaircraft.org

Nov 18 2019

55mins

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Rank #4: Bonus Episode 1 - FAA 400' Restrictions

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AMA needs your assistance in an urgent matter. The FAA unexpectedly informed us that, contrary to earlier commitments to AMA, the agency is planning to limit all recreational model aircraft operations to 400 feet in controlled airspace and there will be no exceptions. Although a 400 feet limit may work for a large number of our members, we have a number of disciplines that will need to go higher than these proposed heights. Additionally, the FAA is proposing restrictions in uncontrolled airspace to altitudes that could present safety issues as well as limit some model aircraft operations altogether. We were stunned by this proposal and are pushing back, but we need your help.

We urge you to send a letter to your elected representatives in Congress and ask them to contact the FAA concerning this critical issue. Please visit www.modelaircraft.org/higher-flight to contact your representative. 

Oct 09 2019

13mins

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Rank #5: Ep 15 - December 30, 2019: AMA & Education with AMA Education Director Kyle Jaracz

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December 30, 2019

On this week's episode, AMA Education Director stops by to talk about his vision of the AMA's role in education youth about aviation.

Learn more about Camp AMA at https://www.amaflightschool.org/campama

Learn more about the AMA at https://www.modelaircraft.org/

Dec 30 2019

39mins

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Rank #6: Ep 7 - FAA UAS Integration Executive Director Jay Merkle

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In this episode, we speak with the Executive Director of the UAS Integration Office, Jay Merkle.  He gives us his thoughts on the upcoming requirement for testing and what he thinks of remote ID.

We are also joined by Rick Crow, AVP of District XI and president of the Butte Plane Nutz.  He gives us a recap of his struggle to receive his club's letter of agreement.

Nov 04 2019

33mins

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Rank #7: Episode 5 - IRCHA: AMA SIG Series

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AMA Special Interest Groups play a very important role in the model aviation ecosystem, and our AMA SIG Series plans to showcase these groups. This first edition of our AMA SIG Series features IRCHA (International Radio Control Helicopter Association) board member Tim DiPeri. Listen as he talks about his story coming up into RC helis and how IRCHA and the Jamboree have grown over the years.

Watch the AMA's recap of the 2019 IRCHA Jamboree, including an interview with 10 year old phenom, Rhys Wyatt!  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Larw00Kmw3A

https://www.modelaircraft.org

Oct 21 2019

38mins

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Rank #8: Episode 3 - Joe Scully Part 2

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In part 2 of our conversation with Joe Scully, MultiGP's EVP of Race Production, we talk about the origination of the MultiGP International Open, how Hammer-Gate affected drone racing, and what we can expect from the 2019 MultiGP Championships.

Learn more about MultiGP at www.MultiGP.com
Learn more about the AMA at www.ModelAircraft.org

Oct 07 2019

1hr 16mins

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Rank #9: Episode 4 - Brad Lang: AMA Member, Commercial Airline Pilot, CAF Red Tail Pilot

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Airline Captain, CAF Red Tail pilot and AMA member Brad Lang has been fascinated with airplanes from a young age.  The son of a Tuskegee Airman, Brad discusses how he became a pilot and how model aviation led him to a career in aviation.

For more information on the Red Tail Squadron, visit https://www.redtail.org/.

To learn more Academy of Model Aeronautics, visit http://www.modelaircraft.org/.

Oct 14 2019

41mins

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Rank #10: Ep 6 - Jay Smith: Executive Editor of Model Aviation Magazine

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Jay Smith is the Executive Editor of Model Aviation magazine and Park Pilot magazine, and he stopped by the podcast to talk about how he got started in the hobby, how he became editor of 2 publications, and why he finds his job so important.

https://www.modelaircraft.org

Oct 28 2019

57mins

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Ep 23 - February 21, 2020: NPRM Update with Tyler Dobbs and Jim Williams

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As we approach the deadline for comment submission, Government Affairs Director Tyler Dobbs joins the show, along with Jim Williams, former head of the FAA UAS Integration Office and current advisor to the AMA to discuss where the NPRM stands and what we can expect moving forward after the comment period ends.

Learn more at http://www.modelaircraft.org/gov/

Feb 21 2020

37mins

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Ep 22 - Old School Model Works with Mark Lanterman

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Mark Lanterman, owner of Old School Model Works, joins the podcast this week to talk about his company, how he got started in modeling and the importance of building in model aviation.

To learn more about Old School Model Works

To learn more about The Academy of Model Aeronautics

Feb 17 2020

31mins

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Ep 21 - Balsa USA's Joe Vermillion

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Joe Vermillion, self proclaimed 'jack of all trades' joins us on the AMA podcast to talk about his entry into the hobby, his tips and tricks that he shares on social media, and his views on Remote ID.

Visit Balsa USA
Balsa USA's Youtube Channel

Learn more about the AMA

Feb 10 2020

35mins

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Ep 20 - February 3, 2020: AMA Air

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On this episode, AMA Air Executive Producer Dillon Carpenter and co-host Claire Aldenhuysen join the podcast to take listeners behind the scenes of AMA Air.

Watch AMA Air at http://www.modelaircraft.org/amaair

Learn more about the AMA at http://www.modelaircraft.org

Feb 03 2020

1hr 13mins

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Bonus Episode 3 - Government Advocacy Coalition and Writing Comments

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In this bonus episode of the AMA Podcast, Government Affairs Director Tyler Dobbs discusses a new coalition that is being formed with hobby manufacturers and retailers, his upcoming trip to Washington, DC, and separates fact from fiction about the writing of comments on the NPRM.

Jan 28 2020

14mins

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Ep 19 - January 27, 2020: Chris Wolfe, The RC Geek

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Joining the podcast this week is the RC Geek himself, Chris Wolfe. He talks about how he got started in the hobby, his experience competing at the Scale Masters Championships, and how his successful channel, The RC Geek, came to be!

Check out The RC Geek at http://www.thercgeek.com

Learn more about the AMA at http://www.modelaircraft.org

Jan 27 2020

50mins

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Ep 18 - January 20, 2020: National Free Flight Society President, David Lindley

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This week, the new president of the National Free Flight Society, David Lindley, stops by the studio to talk about all things free flight.  We discuss how he got started in modeling, what it's like to compete in indoor free flight, and how we can get youth more interested in the oldest form of model aviation!

Learn more about the NFFS at http://www.freeflight.org

Learn more about the AMA at https://www.modelaircraft.org/

Jan 20 2020

45mins

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Ep 17 - January 13, 2020: Remote ID Part 2 with Tyler Dobbs

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This week, Government Affairs Director Tyler Dobbs is back to talk more about the Remote ID NPRM in-depth, and clear up some misconceptions that have been seen on social media.

The FAA is accepting comments on the remote ID proposal until March 2, 2020. We have also requested an extension on the comment period to give everyone more time to weigh-in. To help us achieve the best possible outcome on the final rule, it is critically important that everyone submit a comment.

Please submit a formal comment to the FAA as soon as possible at
https://www.federalregister.gov/docum...

You may use our template as a response - http://amablog.modelaircraft.org/amag...

To submit a comment, go to the remote ID proposal page on the federal website here. Click on the “SUBMIT A FORMAL COMMENT” button at the top of the page. You can copy and paste the template in the blog below into the comment box, edit it to include your personal experience, or create your own message entirely. Complete the form and click on the “SUBMIT COMMENT” button at the end. Please note that comments and information provided are public knowledge.

Jan 13 2020

31mins

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Ep 16 - January 6, 2020: FAA Update with Government Affairs Director Tyler Dobbs

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January 6, 2020

On December 26, the FAA released a proposed rule for remote identification of UAS. There are several areas of concern with the proposed rule that AMA will be pushing back on and we need your help advocating for change.

While the proposal does include AMA’s request to exempt flying sites, the rule should also provide community-based organizations (CBOs), like AMA, more flexibility to establish and maintain fixed flying sites that satisfy remote ID compliance. Second, the rule should create a pathway for remote ID compliance at AMA events and competitions, which may not take place at fixed flying sites. Third, the rule should account for situations where there is no internet connectivity, as many safe places to fly are in rural areas with little or no service. Finally, the rule should not require modelers to register every aircraft individually.

The FAA is accepting comments on the remote ID proposal until March 2, 2020. We have also requested an extension on the comment period to give everyone more time to weigh-in. To help us achieve the best possible outcome on the final rule, it is critically important that everyone submit a comment.

Please submit a formal comment to the FAA as soon as possible at
https://www.federalregister.gov/docum...

You may use our template as a response - http://amablog.modelaircraft.org/amag...

To submit a comment, go to the remote ID proposal page on the federal website here. Click on the “SUBMIT A FORMAL COMMENT” button at the top of the page. You can copy and paste the template in the blog below into the comment box, edit it to include your personal experience, or create your own message entirely. Complete the form and click on the “SUBMIT COMMENT” button at the end. Please note that comments and information provided are public knowledge.

Jan 06 2020

24mins

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Ep 15 - December 30, 2019: AMA & Education with AMA Education Director Kyle Jaracz

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December 30, 2019

On this week's episode, AMA Education Director stops by to talk about his vision of the AMA's role in education youth about aviation.

Learn more about Camp AMA at https://www.amaflightschool.org/campama

Learn more about the AMA at https://www.modelaircraft.org/

Dec 30 2019

39mins

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Ep 14 - December 23, 2019: Jim T. Graham: RCGroups

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December 23, 2019

If you've been in the RC hobby for any length of time, you've certainly perused the threads of RCGroups, and you've also certainly heard the name Jim Graham.  In this week's show, we talk to Jim about how he got started in the hobby, how he came to be part of RCGroups, and how he once found himself barefoot thanks to Neil Young!
Check out Jim's leatherwork at https://billyhell.com/

To learn more about the AMA, visit https://www.modelaircraft.org/

Dec 23 2019

56mins

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Ep 13 - December 16, 2019: AMA's 2019 Year in Review

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December 16, 2019

This week, AMA Executive Director Chad Budreau joins the podcast to talk about the AMA in 2019, and what we can expect in 2020!

Dec 16 2019

38mins

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Ep 12 - December 9, 2019: Mandee Mikulski: The AMA Foundation

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December 9, 2019

You've most likely heard of the AMA Foundation, but you might not understand what all the AMA Foundation supports.  This week, the Director of Development for the AMA Foundation, Mandee Mikulski, joins the podcast to shed some light on how important the foundation is to the future of aeromodeling.

To learn more about the AMA Foundation, or to donate, visit http://amafoundation.modelaircraft.org/

To learn more about the AMA, visit https://www.modelaircraft.org/

Dec 09 2019

45mins

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Ep 11 - December 2, 2019: Evan "Headsup" Turner: 2019 MultiGP Pro Class Champion

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December 2, 2019

The now 2-time MultiGP Champion, Evan "Headsup" Turner, joins us on the AMA Podcast to discuss his experience in Daytona at this year's championships... including how a shipping mishap nearly ruined his chances at a 2nd title.  We also talk about his relationship to his top 'rivals' and his history flying IMAC at Clover Creek Aerodrome.  Did we mention he's only 16 years old?

Check out Evan's new brand, Five33 at https://flyfive33.com/

Dec 02 2019

46mins

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Ep 10 - Jay Gerber: NFL Films Producer and AMA Hall of Famer

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This week, we welcome Jay Gerber, an AMA Hall of Famer, AMA Fellow and NFL producer for over 40 years.  Jay was invited to headquarters recently to receive a special honor for his lifetime of dedication to the hobby, and he was kind enough to stop in and tell us about his life and career.  We spoke about how modeling helped solve some big problems in the early days of NFL broadcasting, as well as his role in the greatest play in NFL history.  We also talk about the importance of the club atmosphere to modeling.

To view some of the work Jay produced for the AMA, visit http://www.modelaircraft.org/AMAFilms

If you'd like to send us a comment, question or suggestion for the show, email us at podcast@modelaircraft.org!

To join the AMA, visit http://www.modelaircraft.org/

Nov 25 2019

41mins

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Ep 9 - The RC Roundtable Podcast with Lee Ray and Fitz Walker (Live from AMA Expo)

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This week, we talk with Lee Ray and Fitz Walker from the RC Roundtable podcast. They talk about how they got started in modeling, how they met, the origins of the RC Roundtable, and just where is Terry Dunn!

Visit the RC Roundtable at www.RCRoundtable.com

If you'd like to send us a comment, question or suggestion for the show, email us at podcast@modelaircraft.org

Nov 18 2019

55mins

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Ep 8 - Joe Bok and Mason Hutchison (Live from AMA Expo)

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Joe Bok, CEO of Aero Telemetry is an airplane designer, FAA licensed pilot, aerospace engineer and former football player who has had a hand in developing telemetry systems for everything from football helmets to the space shuttle.  He also had a key role in building the model airplanes used in 2004's The Aviator!

Mason Hutchison is a lifetime modeler part of the engineering team that made Stratolaunch, the world's largest airplane and a flying platform for launching payloads into low Earth orbit, a success. 

To see Stratolaunch's First Flight, check out:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VFHAz4AG-no

To see the Hughes XF-11, H1 Racer and Spruce Goose used for the movie The Aviator in action, check out:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RS_DluV2Tg0


If you'd like to send us a comment, question or suggestion for the show, email us at podcast@modelaircraft.org

Nov 11 2019

1hr 19mins

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Bonus Episode 2 - Drone Safety Awareness Week with Horizon Hobby

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Steve Petrotto, Director of Marketing at Horizon Hobby joins us to talk about Drone Safety Awareness Week, and how pilots can integrate safely into the National Air Space.

To learn more about Horizon Hobby's RC Flight School, visit https://www.horizonhobby.com/content/flightschool

To find an AMA Club, visit https://www.modelaircraft.org/club-finder

To learn more about Know Before You Fly, visit http://knowbeforeyoufly.org/

Nov 08 2019

19mins

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Ep 7 - FAA UAS Integration Executive Director Jay Merkle

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In this episode, we speak with the Executive Director of the UAS Integration Office, Jay Merkle.  He gives us his thoughts on the upcoming requirement for testing and what he thinks of remote ID.

We are also joined by Rick Crow, AVP of District XI and president of the Butte Plane Nutz.  He gives us a recap of his struggle to receive his club's letter of agreement.

Nov 04 2019

33mins

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Ep 6 - Jay Smith: Executive Editor of Model Aviation Magazine

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Jay Smith is the Executive Editor of Model Aviation magazine and Park Pilot magazine, and he stopped by the podcast to talk about how he got started in the hobby, how he became editor of 2 publications, and why he finds his job so important.

https://www.modelaircraft.org

Oct 28 2019

57mins

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iTunes Ratings

21 Ratings
Average Ratings
18
2
0
1
0

Thank You.

By dfthorp - Jan 19 2020
Read more
Hi Guys. Thanks for the informative information and taking the time to Kwok is updated in this growing debate of the FAA trying to impose rules that might not be good for our hobby. Keep up the good work.

Matt is awesome

By Tjb5099 - Sep 30 2019
Read more
Matt is a wonderful ambassador for our hobby, through everything he does he kills it!