May 27, 2010 — EAA and the Academy of Modeling Aeronautics (AMA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in Oshkosh Monday pledging to work collaboratively on programs and initiatives to expand participation in aviation.

The MOU, signed by EAA Chairman/President Tom Poberezny and AMA President Dave Mathewson, calls on the two organizations to collaborate on youth engagement efforts; pursue opportunities to work together at the local level by encouraging AMA clubs and EAA chapters to work together and promote participation in aviation; and actively encourage their members to participate in each other’s activities, including EAA AirVenture Oshkosh and the annual AMA Expo.

AMA is the world’s largest model aviation association, with a membership of more than 150,000 people and over 2,500 model airplane clubs in the U.S. AMA headquarters is in Muncie, Indiana.

“We look forward to beginning this relationship with AMA,” Poberezny said. “Model aviation is an important part the flying community and since many of our members are actively involved in modeling – or initially became interested in aviation through modeling – we see this new relationship as an opportunity to further engage people in aviation.

“Working together will also provide added value for EAA and AMA members, especially for those who want to participate in aviation in new ways,” he added.

Earlier this year the EAA AirVenture Museum debuted “Little Wings…Big Dreams, Sport Aviation in Miniature,” a new, year-long exhibit that highlights the craftsmanship and ingenuity of model aircraft builders.

Mathewson commented, “The Academy of Model Aeronautics is excited about the opportunities that entering into this partnership with the Experimental Aircraft Association present. Both organizations have a strong history of supporting aviation enthusiasts and, working together, we will be able to further those efforts.

“Flying models has been a stepping stone for many to eventual careers in aviation and aerospace,” he continued. “AMA is especially looking forward to working together with EAA on programs that will use both full-scale and model aircraft to reach out to the younger members of our communities with the intent of sparking that initial interest in aviation.”

As part of the agreement, through December 31, 2010, EAA members receive free admission to AMA’s National Model Aviation Museum in Muncie, while AMA members get free admission to EAA’s Oshkosh museum. More reciprocal benefits will be announced.

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