Academy Of Model Aeronautics (AMA)

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Now Offering 107 Remote Pilot Test Preparation Through UAV Ground School

(ATLANTA, GA) — The Academy of Model Aeronautics serves as the nation’s collective voice for approximately 195,000

modelers in 2,400 clubs in the US and Puerto Rico. Recently appointed to the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Drone

Advisory Committee (DAC), the AMA is the only community-based organization acknowledged by the FAA. AMA members

have a strong safety record due to well-established safety guidelines and educational programs. The partnership with UAV Ground

School offers Academy members a $75 discount towards FAA Part 107 test preparation and expands on the Academy’s long-

standing safety and educational efforts.

The UAV Ground School program (UAVGS) is produced by the nation’s pilot education leader Gold Seal, who has prepared over

45,000 private pilots for their FAA Knowledge Test. is a program taught by FAA certified instructors and

uses FAA compliant materials that are presented in an online, interactive, multimedia format allowing students to learn at their

own pace. Built-in testing with real FAA test questions, an extensive documentation library, and flash card quizzes complement

the program.  The program is created specifically for those wanting to increase their knowledge, become a professional

UAV/drone operator and wishing to gain full FAA certification. In the months of August thru October 2016, UAVGS student

registrations have approached the 3,000 mark.

UAV Ground School graduates may sit for the FAA Remote Operator Knowledge Test at any FAA testing center in the United

States. Passing the FAA Knowledge Test and becoming a legal and safe operator gives graduates a major leg up as commercial

UAV uses continue to explode.

Dave Mathewson the Academy’s Executive Director said, “UAV Ground School, produced by Gold Seal, is an excellent online

resource for UAV operators preparing for the FAA Part 107 Remote Pilot Knowledge Test and it’s especially useful for AMA

members who want to increase their aviation knowledge. The website is intuitive, the cost to our membership is affordable, and I

think the folks that created UAV Ground School truly have the best interest of AMA membership at heart.”

Cliff Whitney, COO of UAVGS recently stated, “As a long time AMA member, I am extremely happy to partner with the

Academy to bring additional education to the membership. These 195,000+ members have been flying remotely piloted aircraft

years before UAVs became mainstream. AMA member pilots know how to operate safely and are the best candidates for the

explosive growth of commercial operations. As an aircraft pilot and longtime UAV/drone remote operator, UAVGS is dedicated to

providing proper training and safe operations. I am happy that the AMA has endorsed our program and sees the value it can

provide to Academy members. As of October 14th the FAA has stated that there have been almost 20,000 Remote Pilot

Applications and I’m proud that a large majority of them are UAVGS graduates.”

About Academy of Model Aeronautics:


October 20 th , 2016

The Academy of Model Aeronautics, founded in 1936, continues to be devoted to national airspace safety. It serves as the nation’s collective

voice for approximately 190,000 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 recreational and educational purposes. For more information, visit

About Gold Seal:

Gold Seal was founded in 2006 by aerospace author and Master FAA CFI Russell Still, founder of Atlanta Flight, Inc. In late 2013, Gold Seal

joined forces with Cliff Whitney, founder and president of UAV Experts and Atlanta Hobby, to design and promote the nation’s leading UAV

Ground School program. For over 30 years, Cliff has operated as a private sailplane and single engine pilot. He knows photography and video

intimately through his time spent as the president of Wolf Camera.