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The AMA Podcast

The AMA Podcast brings you the inside stories from the hobby of model aviation by hearing directly from those who live and breathe aeromodeling. With guests ranging from the who's who of the hobby to the average weekend warrior, The AMA Podcast tries to shine a light on the stories that have shaped the hobby for decades. Hosted by AMA's Matt Ruddick.

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Episode 5 - IRCHA: AMA SIG Series

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


21 Oct 2019

Rank #1

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Ep 7 - FAA UAS Integration Executive Director Jay Merkle

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.


4 Nov 2019

Rank #2

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Episode 3 - Joe Scully Part 2

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.comLearn more about the AMA at www.ModelAircraft.org

1hr 16mins

7 Oct 2019

Rank #3

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

December 2, 2019The 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/


2 Dec 2019

Rank #4

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

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


28 Oct 2019

Rank #5

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

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


18 Nov 2019

Rank #6

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

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/AMAFilmsIf 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/


25 Nov 2019

Rank #7

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Bonus Episode 1 - FAA 400' Restrictions

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. 


9 Oct 2019

Rank #8

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Bonus Episode 2 - Drone Safety Awareness Week with Horizon Hobby

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/flightschoolTo find an AMA Club, visit https://www.modelaircraft.org/club-finderTo learn more about Know Before You Fly, visit http://knowbeforeyoufly.org/


8 Nov 2019

Rank #9

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

December 9, 2019You'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/


9 Dec 2019

Rank #10

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Ep 28 - Model Aviation: May 2020 with Jay Smith

Model Aviation executive editor Jay Smith joins the show this week to give a preview of the May 2020 issue of Model Aviation magazine that will arrive in mailboxes in just a few short weeks!Also, we want to know how you are passing the quarantine time... are you finishing a build?  Are you spending more time on the simulator?  Send us an email and let us know how you're still enjoying the hobby while you #StayHome?  podcast@modelaircraft.orgStay up to date on the AMA's COVID-19 response.Learn more about the AMA


30 Mar 2020

Rank #11

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

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-noTo 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_DluV2Tg0If you'd like to send us a comment, question or suggestion for the show, email us at podcast@modelaircraft.org! 

1hr 19mins

11 Nov 2019

Rank #12

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

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/.


14 Oct 2019

Rank #13

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Ep 34 - Government Affairs update with Tyler Dobbs

Government Affairs director Tyler Dobbs joins the show to update us on the latest regulation information, including the Remote ID RFI press release that was sent out this week, as well as a new ally on the regulatory front.


7 May 2020

Rank #14

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Ep 33 - Eric Boehm, Curator at the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum

Lifelong modeler and curator at the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum in New York City joins the podcast this week to talk about growing up in the hobby, his 20 years in the Air Force and to tell some stories from his time working on board The Intrepid.Learn more about the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space MuseumWatch Eric's presentation at AMA Expo East 2018Learn more about the AMA


4 May 2020

Rank #15

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Ep 32 - Hosting a Community Event

This week, AMA Education Director Kyle Jaracz is joined by Claire Aldenhuysen and Tony Stillman as they discuss what goes into planning a community event and how they can be a catalyst to growing your club.Learn more about the AMA

1hr 1min

27 Apr 2020

Rank #16

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Ep 31 - Model Aviation Simulators

Join AMA Education Director Kyle Jaracz and Model Aviation Executive Editor Jay Smith as we discuss the various model aviation simulators and how they can improve your skills!Learn more about the AMA


20 Apr 2020

Rank #17

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Ep 30 - AMA Member Benefits with Erin Dobbs

So, just what can the AMA do for you?  Today, Erin Dobbs joins the show to detail all of the benefits that members of the AMA can take advantage of!AMA Member Benefitshttps://careers.modelaircraft.org/


13 Apr 2020

Rank #18

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Ep 29 - Large Model Aircraft with Damon Atwood

On this week's show, Damon Atwood joins in to talk about building large model aircraft and why he got involved with creating video content on social media.Links:Take a look at Damon's work at http://atwoodaviation.net/Visit Damon's YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/user/dag214Find the free PDF downloads of Model Aviation at http://modelaviation.com/digitalCheck out the AMA Hop at http://amablog.modelaircraft.org/blog/staying-connected-ama-facebook-hop/


6 Apr 2020

Rank #19

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Ep 27 - AMA's COVID-19 Response

::RECORDED MARCH 19, 2020::Since 1936, safety has been a key pillar of AMA, to include the safety of our members, staff, and community.  We at AMA are following the COVID-19 guidance by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and local health officials. As a result, some of our AMA Headquarters operational staff will be working remotely. Whether staff members are serving inside AMA Headquarters or working remotely, membership services remain at the core of AMA!  We ask you be patient as we implement a remote work environment, but rest assured that we will continue to provide member services to include sanctioning, club chartering, content generation (email, videos, magazines, etc…), and insurance fulfillment. Staff can still be contacted using the same email and phone extension provided www.modelaircraft.org.   While AMA Headquarters is taking steps to slow down the spread of COVID-19, you can help too. You can enjoy model aviation operations and follow CDC recommendations by keeping 6 feet of separation from other operators, regularly washing your hands, and sanitizing surfaces. In addition, AMA is temporarily amending our sanctioning policy to assist with Contest Directors and Event Managers who are rescheduling events because of COVID-19 or local travel restrictions. You can read more about AMA’s recommendations and policies by scrolling down below.This is an evolving situation. As details change, we will keep you posted. As always, continue to follow CDC and local officials. 


20 Mar 2020

Rank #20