We are sending this advisory as a result of recent events involving the news media making contact with local AMA Chartered Clubs, or individuals.
In today's tense atmosphere of terrorist threats, possible military actions, etc., there appears to be exuberance on the part of news agencies and individual reporters to gather information concerning the use of model aircraft as possible security risks. Many times, in an effort to take advantage of the opportunity to garner some public exposure for their local flying activities, the members are surprised when the news release does not resemble what they had assumed would be published. This results in negative press for the sport and local participants, and may spread misinformation.
As a service to all AMA Chartered Clubs, we are suggesting that if you or your club are contacted by TV, radio, newspaper, or Internet reporters for interviews, other than coverage of such activities as fly-ins, mall shows, airport awareness days, etc., you direct them to the AMA Headquarters for information. If in doubt please error on the side of caution.
At any time please contact Jay Mealy at AMA Headquarters with questions, comments, or concerns.
765-287-1256 ext. 270 office
For the latest information, visit the AMA Web site at http://www.modelaircraft.org