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03-14-2003 09:10 PM  15 years agoPost 1

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Northern California - Fly at Morgan Hill Field

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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.

Jay Mealy
Programs Director
765-287-1256 ext. 270 office
765-749-4841 cell

For the latest information, visit the AMA Web site at

03-15-2003 06:12 PM  15 years agoPost 2


Enterprise, AL

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Yup, I awoke to that in my e-mail too. Nice info for people that won't get the e-mail because the AMA does not have their address.

03-15-2003 07:24 PM  15 years agoPost 3


Redmond WA

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yeah right, you get some yahoo being approached by a reporter, he's gonna spill his guts...


03-15-2003 07:28 PM  15 years agoPost 4

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Claremont, MN

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the media wants "interesting" or "sensational" stories... that is why the TRUTH is often not printed

03-17-2003 11:59 PM  15 years agoPost 5


Perry, OK

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any of you that are media types be on the lookout for the chance to put this BS to to your news director and try to quell this.and if you see a story like this run.....make a phone call and send them to the AMA for the real picture.....they might listen...sometimes they lack a knowledge of where to go to get good info....not to mention that they are all headline grabbin', ratings pushin' slugs........did i say that??????


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