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AMA Build Month Kickoff

Model Aviation Executive Editor Jay Smith joins Matt to share a few highlights from the October Digital Edition and tells us what we can find in this year’s official Build Month Issue! Austin Perlee from the AMA Foundation will join the show to talk about the AMA’s disaster relief programs and other ways the Foundation is helping to give back to clubs and members.

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Drone Safety Awareness

Matt Ruddick and Lee Ray welcome AMA Government Affairs Director Tyler Dobbs and AMA Safety and Technical Director Tony Stillman on this episode of AMA Air, which was streamed LIVE on Wednesday, September 15, at 2 p.m. EDT. Watch now to learn about drone safety education and the FAA’s National Drone Safety Awareness Week.

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Nats and MultiGP IO 2021 Recap!

Join Matt Ruddick and Lee Ray for a LIVE episode of AMA Air on September 1 at 2 p.m. EDT to see a recap of two of the largest events held at the International Aeromodeling Center, the AMA Nats and the MultiGP International Open (IO) —
all on this episode of AMA Air!

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National Fun Fly, FAA Updates, And Model Aviation Digital

Join Matt Ruddick and Lee Ray on Thursday, July 15, at 2 p.m. EDT as they welcome AMA Executive Vice President and National Fun Fly Contest Director Randy Cameron, Model Aviation Executive Editor Jay Smith, and AMA Government Affairs Director Tyler Dobbs, for a guest-packed live episode that you don’t want to miss! Learn about the National Fun Fly, the upcoming EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, the August issue of Model Aviation Digital, and some updates about night operations, Community Based Organization (CBO) clarifications, and sanctioned events—all on this episode of AMA Air!

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The Recreational UAS Safety Test (Trust) Explained

Matt Ruddick and Lee Ray welcomed Kyle Jaracz, AMA Education director, as a guest to chat about the FAA’s newly mandated The Recreational UAS Safety Test (TRUST) and how you can take advantage of this educational learning tool. Lee shared some stories from his trip to Muncie, Indiana, for Camp AMA, and Matt discussed some of the many great experiences he’s had at the National Aeromodeling Championships (Nats) that have been taking place at the International Aeromodeling Center (IAC) this summer.

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June is National Safety Month

AMA Safety/Technical Director Tony Stillman joins the show to tell Matt Ruddick and Lee Ray about AMA’s updated Safety Program Handbook and how you can be safety conscious in June and beyond while you’re flying. Also, Matt unveils the June Club of the Month and Kyle Jaracz, AMA Education director, gives viewers some details about the UAS4STEM competition happening this year at Oshkosh Airventure.

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Events, FAA Testing, and an Exclusive Podcast!

AMA Government Affairs Director Tyler Dobbs joined Matt for the March 1 episode of AMA Air. Tyler shares some details that were just released about the Aeronautical Safety and Knowledge Test. Matt and Tyler share a few events happening around the country and let you know how to find out the current status of events in your area. Plus, learn how you can unlock an exclusive episode of The AMA Podcast! All that and more on this episode of AMA Air!

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Virtual Flying: Real Fun

Virtual flying: Real fun
In this video, Matt Ruddick, Jay Smith, and Kyle Jaracz discuss flight simulators! What’s your go-to? Where are the most active online communities? How much do they cost?

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RC Roundtable Has Taken Over AMA Air!

The RC Roundtable Podcast has gained access to AMA Air and taken over this episode! Join Fitz Walker, Terry Dunn, and Lee Ray to learn about new and returning AMA programs and where you can find the latest information about Remote ID. The RC Roundtable guys also hack into Jay Smith’s files to share a sneak peek of Model Aviation’s February issue, which is now available for digital subscribers!

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The Tiny Whoop

Jesse Perkins, founder and creator of the Tiny Whoop, joins the AMA Podcast to talk about the origin of the most whimsical aircraft in model aviation, the Tiny Whoop.

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The Recreational UAS Safety Test (TRUST)

TRUST is The Recreational UAS Safety Test. It provides education and testing for recreational flyers on important safety and regulatory information. If you fly your drone recreationally under the Exception for Recreational Flyers you must pass the test before you fly.

How does the TRUST work?

The FAA provides education and testing content to FAA Approved Test Administrators of TRUST, who in turn provide the content to recreational flyers for free.

The TRUST is divided into two sections:
The first section provides you with the information needed to pass the test.

The second section is a series of multiple choice questions. You cannot fail the test. If you answer a question incorrectly you will be provided with information on why the answer you chose was incorrect and will be prompted to try again.

Upon completion of the TRUST you will receive a completion certificate. The certificate never expires however if you lose your certificate you will need to re-take the test and obtain a new certificate. Neither the test administrator, nor the FAA, will maintain personally identifiable information about the recreational flyer so it is not possible to re-print or re-issue your original certificate.

How can I take the TRUST?

You may take the free online test through any of the approved test administrators listed below.

In June 2021, the FAA announced the following entity as an FAA Approved Test Administrators of TRUST:

Register your drone with the FAA

Registration costs $5 and is valid for 3 years. You’ll need a credit or debit card and the make and model of your drone handy in order to register. Learn more about registering your drone.