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Yesterday, 10:45 AM
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Posted By franklin_m

It's now been 45 days and the EC minutes are...

It's now been 45 days and the EC minutes are STILL not posted. According to the ED, they're being "proofed."

HQ salaries consume over 39% of every dollar coming from members. We're paying someone...
Yesterday, 05:41 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 378
Posted By franklin_m

AMA IRS Filings vs. "Annual Reports"

For those who are interested, here's a link to where you can find AMA's IRS990 filings (note 1). These are considered public documents for all 501c3 organizations. No matter what they tell us in the...
09-09-2021, 11:07 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 284
Posted By franklin_m

Yet again, 30+ days and still no minutes posted

Yet again, more than 30 days since EC meeting and still no minutes posted. Mind you, despite precipitous drop in number of members over the last decade, staff size relatively unchanged. Yet still...
08-15-2021, 01:24 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,691
Posted By franklin_m

If memory serves, once upon a time this was an...

If memory serves, once upon a time this was an internal position. When it didn’t generate growth, they went to outside professional ad firm #1. When that didn’t work, for the past few years they’ve...
08-07-2021, 04:49 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,027
Posted By franklin_m

Yeah, I watched that. The CFO's "Money in vs....

Yeah, I watched that. The CFO's "Money in vs. money out" comment made me laugh. Talk about a "master of the obvious" type statement! Money in vs. money out? No kidding. Duh.

On a more serious...
08-07-2021, 02:51 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,027
Posted By franklin_m

Curious. You'll comment on this, but yet you are...

Curious. You'll comment on this, but yet you are silent on a major issue ... the AMA's continued financial decline:...
07-27-2021, 01:30 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,691
Posted By franklin_m

It should be in their 2019 IRS 990 filing. See...

It should be in their 2019 IRS 990 filing. See financial documents at link below then navigate to "2019 AMA IRS Form 990.pdf"
https://www.modelaircraft.org/documents


They've been selling their...
07-27-2021, 07:35 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,691
Posted By franklin_m

Will EC member EVER acknowledge the financial trends?

We are are fortunate to have an EC member who regularly reads and responds to these threads. He's a member of the much revered AMA Executive Council, the group that per the bylaws is vested...
07-23-2021, 05:07 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 5,514
Posted By franklin_m

I can't help but notice our esteemed EC member...

I can't help but notice our esteemed EC member has yet to respond to questions about the financial trends...
07-17-2021, 02:49 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 5,514
Posted By franklin_m

I was thinking along different lines. The...

I was thinking along different lines. The FliteTest crowd may not be the picture of compliance, but nor are they big users of airspace over 400 feet. So in that sense, I figure the rest of the...
07-16-2021, 10:43 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 5,514
Posted By franklin_m

My view is that AMA made a fundamental and...

My view is that AMA made a fundamental and irrecoverable error many years ago when they decided to take a hands off attidue toward compliance by members. Instead of being the ones seen as doing...
07-15-2021, 01:49 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 5,514
Posted By franklin_m

In those cases where the sUAS crashes on land...

In those cases where the sUAS crashes on land under exclusive control of the club, do not disagree. But that is not always the case. For example, right now the Kentucky Jets event is flying in a...
07-14-2021, 12:46 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 5,514
Posted By franklin_m

So Andy. As esteemed EC member. Care to...

So Andy. As esteemed EC member. Care to acknowledge whether or not the financial trends I've shown in other threads are substantially correct? That they've been relatively unchanged (in trajectory)...
07-14-2021, 12:45 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 5,514
Posted By franklin_m

Not questioning the see and avoid, depending of...

Not questioning the see and avoid, depending of course on good lookout doctrine, good visual acuity, etc. Reality is, if someone is flying a high speed expensive sUAS, they're probably watching it...
07-14-2021, 02:48 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 5,514
Posted By franklin_m

I would argue the vast majority of that 80 year...

I would argue the vast majority of that 80 year record, easily 3/4 of it, is based on toy planes that were much simpler, non-turbine powered, no flight augmentation, etc. Not much more sophisticated...
07-14-2021, 02:40 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 5,514
Posted By franklin_m

California has some of the most progressive laws...

California has some of the most progressive laws on doxing and swatting in the nation. I urge caution. But go ahead if you like. For unlike some communities in the toy plane flyers, I don't see...
07-12-2021, 12:53 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 5,514
Posted By franklin_m

I do not view publishing interpretations as a...

I do not view publishing interpretations as a rule. A rule, as used in the context of legislation or FARs has specific meaning. Also, AMA was in the process of challenging that interpretation in...
07-12-2021, 06:01 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 5,514
Posted By franklin_m

"What we ended up with is actually surprisingly...

"What we ended up with is actually surprisingly similar to 336 in actual net impact." Really? I could not disagree more. PL 112-95 Section 336 contained the following explicit restriction on FAA:...
07-11-2021, 01:33 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 5,514
Posted By franklin_m

The question is not answerable when it includes...

The question is not answerable when it includes the caveat: "...that takes into consideration the realities of the forces and agendas of the legal, social, commercial, and security organizations and...
Forum: RC Jets
07-11-2021, 08:16 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 4,859
Posted By franklin_m

And yet it is the sUAS operator who must avoid...

And yet it is the sUAS operator who must avoid manned aircraft at all costs, whether it's the list above or some guy in a Super Cub or Citabria (left both off my list) drilling around at 500 feet ......
07-11-2021, 08:11 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 5,514
Posted By franklin_m

I'll comment / respond to some the things above,...

I'll comment / respond to some the things above, but won't burden the thread with a bunch of quotes.

In terms of rhetoric, I simply ask: "What IS it going to take for AMA to take ownership of...
Forum: RC Jets
07-11-2021, 03:06 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 4,859
Posted By franklin_m

First, flight at 500 feet is routine in rural...

First, flight at 500 feet is routine in rural areas. Last time I took a Stearman out with my friend, I don't think we were above 500 feet the entire time. There's also crop dusters, helicopters, and...
07-10-2021, 07:16 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 5,514
Posted By franklin_m

Perhaps we can agree that one thing that will...

Perhaps we can agree that one thing that will definitely NOT help preserve the hobby is if a major CBO is seen tolerating a culture among its members that ignoring the rules is ok?
Forum: RC Jets
07-10-2021, 07:01 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 4,859
Posted By franklin_m

Not the full story. FAR 91.119 applies (note 1). ...

Not the full story. FAR 91.119 applies (note 1).

Per 91.119(c), over non-congested areas, aircraft can be as low as 500 feet AGL. And per that same section, over sparsely populated areas (looks...
07-10-2021, 06:07 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 5,514
Posted By franklin_m

I never saw the FAA as trying to shut down the...

I never saw the FAA as trying to shut down the hobby. Outside groups perhaps, but the FAA itself no. However, I do not think AMA should be patting itself on the back. There is a clear and unambiguous...
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