AMA Joins FAA’s New UAS Safety Team

On October 18 and 19, the Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) participated in the two-day inaugural meeting for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)-sponsored UAS Safety Team (UAST).

The UAST brings together stakeholders and leaders from across the industry to help ensure the safe operation of UAS in the nation’s airspace. 

“We are excited to participate in this new safety team and work alongside the FAA and industry stakeholders to study UAS operations and trends,” said Dave Mathewson, executive director of AMA.

“As always, AMA is committed to ensuring the safe and responsible use of all model aircraft and drones in our nation’s skies.”

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The USAT is modeled after the Commercial Aviation Safety Team (CAST) and the General Aviation Joint Steering Committee (GAJSC), both of which have significantly increased aviation safety through their efforts.

The two committees use a data-driven, consensus-based approach to analyze safety data and provide data-driven solutions in the traditional aviation sphere. UAST will use this same data-focused approach to create improvements in the safety of unmanned aircraft operations. 

Since 1936, AMA and its members have been committed to safely and responsibly enjoying the hobby of flying model aircraft.

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Our experience demonstrates that an education-focused and community-based approach is the best way to manage recreational flyers.

AMA members have a strong safety record because they follow our comprehensive set of safety and privacy guidelines, which are constantly evolving to accommodate new technologies and new modeling disciplines.

The Academy of Model Aeronautics, founded in 1936, serves as the nation’s collective voice for approximately 195,000 modelers in 2,400 clubs in the United States and Puerto Rico.

Headquartered in Muncie, Indiana, AMA is a membership organization representing those who fly model aircraft for recreation and educational purposes. For more information, visit

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