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UASidekick: A helpful tool now with exclusive AMA Member functions!

On this episode of AMA Air, Jason Cansler and Nathan Ruff from UASidekick joined Matt Ruddick and AMA Member Benefits and Partnership Director Erin Dobbs to talk about an exciting new partnership between the Academy of Model Aeronautics and UASidekick. This partnership will provide our members with a valuable tool to help them uncover commercial-aircraft-grade weather information, plan for their future flights, and find AMA events and clubs nearby! Also, Matt announced the May Club of the Month. Additionally, the cover photo that will be displayed on the I Fly AMA Facebook group for May was unveiled. All that and much more on today’s AMA Air!

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Exclusive Model Aviation Preview!

AMA Safety/Technical Director Tony Stillman stopped by to tell Matt and Dillon about his experience attending the Toledo RC Swap Meet that was held April 2-3 in Toledo, Ohio. Learn about a new social media platform only for modelers, and Lynn Balderrama, AMA art director, gave us a sneak peek into the May Digital Edition of Model Aviation magazine, which is available online today! Finally, learn about some of the regular volunteers who donate their time to help at the National Model Aviation Museum. All that and more on this episode of AMA Air!

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AMA is Landing On Mars?!

On this episode of AMA Air, Matt Ruddick and Lee Ray talked about the connection that the Academy of Model Aeronautics has to Perseverance, the Mars Rover. Also, April is National Volunteer Month, and Matt and Lee shared how you can volunteer at an event near you! You can also find out how to go to the National Aeromodeling Championships (Nats) for FREE! And last but not least, Matt revealed the April Club of the Month! All that and more on this episode of AMA Air!

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Celebrate Women’s History Month on AMA Air!

Ryan Ramsey, known as “Pilot Ryan Media” on YouTube, is guest hosting on this episode of AMA Air! Jay Smith, Executive Editor of Model Aviation magazine, joined Ryan and Matt Ruddick to talk about the upcoming April issue and what readers can expect to read about in it.

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The World’s Largest Paper Airplane?

AMA Air Executive Producer Dillon Carpenter joins Matt Ruddick as a guest host. They discuss a variety of topics, including how AMA Flight School educational kits ended up in Uganda and a virtual Kids Week at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in New York City.

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Bring in the New Year with The RC Saylors on AMA Air!

The RC Saylors have taken over AMA Air for the first episode of 2021!
Learn more about their YouTube channel, how they are spending the holidays, some of their favorite airplanes of 2020, and which posts from the I Fly AMA Facebook group they have selected!
All that and more on this special Season 7 premiere of AMA Air!

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Additional Items That May Be Of Interest

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.