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CHRIS SAVAGE chriss@modelaircraft.org


Changes underway at AMA’s website New features, a new look, and the runway ahead


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At AMA, we know our online presence is an important


resource for you and for the growth of the model aviation hobby. Recently, we’ve been working behind the scenes to retool and reinvent our online experience. We are excited to announce that we’ll soon be releasing a new website at modelaircraft.org!


Think for a moment about how you’ve used our website. Maybe you joined AMA online or recently renewed your membership. You might have used the event calendar to fi nd activities happening near you, or the club search tool to get connected with other hobbyists. When you have a question about your AMA membership benefi ts, or you just want the latest hobby news, AMA’s website is probably your fi rst stop. All of these great


resources that you rely on will still be available, and you’ll fi nd some new and exciting improvements to complement them! For example, we all know that “there’s no second chance for a fi rst impression.” When you visit our new website, you’ll fi nd a modernized


look and feel that performs great on desktop computers and mobile devices to ensure you have a great online experience, no matter where you are!


The homepage has been carefully designed to provide a great balance of information and resources for fi rst- time visitors and longtime members alike. When you’re there, simplifi ed navigation puts many of our most- requested resources a single click or tap away. New AMA members will


have their AMA membership number—the key to unlocking their membership benefi ts—delivered to them instantly when joining, and existing members will fi nd a new self-service area that includes information about their current subscriptions and fl ying interests. Members will also fi nd better online tools for sanctioning events and chartering clubs, while a new online store makes shopping and completing online transactions simpler and more enjoyable than ever! The new website you’ll see at modelaircraft.org is only one component


Your new website credentials


Beginning with the launch of AMA’s new and improved website, you’ll use your email address to sign in and will be asked to create a new password. Signing into the website is essential for accessing member-only features, and even renewing your membership, so it’s important that you understand how to use your new credentials. For the latest information about the initiative, including instructions for signing into the website, visit modelaircraft.org/whats-new. If you have any questions or concerns, give us a call at (800) 435-9262. We’re here to help!


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AMA will soon be launching a redesigned website at modelaircraft.org. The new website is only one component of a retooling of AMA’s technology platforms.


of a retooling of AMA’s technology platforms. This work is building a new, solid foundation for us to improve your digital experience by allowing us to serve you more quickly, more effi ciently, and in a more personalized way. During the next several weeks and months, you’ll continue to see new features released that are aimed at improving the membership experience. Through this work, we’ll be just a phone call away if you have any questions. In addition, we’d love to hear your ideas about the work that we’re doing. Your feedback is the most important tool in our fi eld box. For aeromodelers, changing technology is nothing new. The sport and hobby of model aviation is a well-known incubator for technological advancement in aerospace—driven by a community of inventors, scientists, problem-solvers, and curious minds. We couldn’t be more excited to make these investments to support that legacy, the hobby, and the hobbyists who we know and love. We can’t wait to see you online!


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