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dji and ama join forcesThe Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) will host the annual AMA Expo East this week.  This year’s even offers plenty of interest for drone operators.  The event, presented by,  will be held at the Meadowlands Exposition Center in Secaucus, New Jersey February 23 – 25.

“The three-day expo will provide new and seasoned hobbyists of all ages with hands-on opportunities to learn about building and flying model aircraft and drones. This includes flying demonstrations, FPV drone racing with the AMA flight simulator and more,” say organizers.

Friday February 23, the first day of the event, includes Home School Day .  An ideal opportunity to introduce kids to STEM experiences through drones and RC models, home school students “will have a chance to experience RC flight simulators, try model and drone flying, watch RC boat demos and more. Kids will also be able to take home model airplane and rocket-building kits.”   With free admission offered for kids 12 and under, uniformed Girl and Boy Scouts, active military personnel with valid ID, Navy Sea Cadets and Civil Air Patrol, the event is an inexpensive and exciting educational outing.

AMA Expo East will also include nearly a hundred exhibitors, aviation and aerospace experts, as well as a featured speaker series, including:

  • Dave Wigley, Military and Commercial Airline Pilot, Four Time Mr. Top Gun Winner: “Designing and Building Scale Models From Scratch”
  • Dan Kreigh, AMA Life Member, Space Ship One Structural Engineer, and Julian Guthrie, Author, How to Make a Spaceship: A Band of Renegades, an Epic Race, and the Birth of Private Spaceflight: “How to Make a Spaceship. Start by Building Model Planes.”
  • Mason Hutchison, AMA Member, “Building A Flying Football Field, An Insider’s Scoop on Stratolaunch”
  • Gene Engelgau, CEO of Fruity Chutes

The full schedule is available here. Sponsors of AMA Expo East include Ready Made RC, Castle Creations, the International RC Helicopter Association and Hobby King. Ticket details and pricing can be found here.

Miriam McNabb is the Editor-in-Chief of DRONELIFE and CEO of JobForDrones, a professional drone services marketplace, and a fascinated observer of the emerging drone industry and the regulatory environment for drones. Miriam has a degree from the University of Chicago and over 20 years of experience in high tech sales and marketing for new technologies.
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