Model Aviation Magazine Feature

Academy of Model Aeronautics

This full-contact team sport helps high schools adopt drone education.

Drone soccer is the world’s newest international aerial sport, following a competitive tradition that dates back more than 100 years. The World Air Sports Federation, also known as the Féderátion Aéronautique Internationale (FAI), is based in Lausanne, Switzerland, and governs all aerial records and sports worldwide.

The oldest national aviation club in the US, the National Aeronautic Association, was a founding member of the FAI. It also held the first RC aircraft competition at the National Aeromodeling Championships (Nats) in 1923. In 1936, a dedicated aeromodeling organization became what we know today as the Academy of Model Aeronautics, with its purpose "to advance model aeronautics as a science and sport and to aid constructive activities employing model aircraft as one means toward general aeronautic education."


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