By now you know we're supporting Rich Hanson in his bid to become the next president of the Academy of Model Aeronautics. After watching this video, hopefully you have come to an even better understanding of why: he's got the background and the skills to be a very effective leader of the organization – most especially with the rapid development of recreational drones, FPV racing and related technologies that are rapidly coming to dominate the field of RC flying.
I know that, in the past, there has been tension between the AMA and the drone enthusiast community and, indeed, some AMA fields still remain resistant to these new forms of flying. However, because I speak to them quite regularly, I can offer my complete assurance that staff that leads the AMA is fully supportive of this community and is anxious to deploy services to support it.
All that they need is an elected leader who will vigorously support that initiative – and we have such a man in Rich Hanson. Please, mark your ballot for him and get it in the mail no later than November 8: the same day as the US presidential election. I wonder if that's just a coincidence...
Finally, you may notice in this video that Rich appears to be sitting in a tropical-themed hotel room. That's because he's actually in Hawaii right now, serving as the Contest Director for the Drone Worlds – just as he did for the first US National Drone Racing Championship last year in Sacramento.