NASA Constitution and Bylaws
AMA Scale National Championships
NASA is the official AMA Scale Special Interest Group (SIG) for scale aeromodeling. As such, NASA hosts the annual Academy of Model Aeronautics Scale National Championship. This is known as the NATS. The NATS is held each summer at the AMA National Flying Site in Muncie, Indiana with the NASA membership hosting and running the event.
All AMA Scale classes for C/L and R/C are held during this event. Also, this is where the NASA annual business meeting is held, along with the NATS banquet. We invite you to come and hope to see you there!
Interested in competing or judging? Contact a NASA officer as soon as possible.
NASA encourages scale contests in addition to building and flying scale models just for the fun of it. We are concerned with the uniformity of judging at scale contests & we believe that through an organization such as NASA, such uniform judging techniques can be developed and applied across the nation.
Scale Data Source List
If your interests don't run to competition, fear not! NASA membership is a treasure trove for scale modelers and documentation scholars. All scale modelers have a need for data on full-scale aircraft in order to document the authenticity of their creations. NASA has a Scale Data Source List that all new members receive upon joining. The source list provides the name and address of many organizations, governmental and private, from which necessary drawings and photographs of full-scale aircraft may be acquired.
Scale Rules & Regulations
Because NASA is the official AMA SIG for scale aeromodeling, we work closely with the AMA and FAI to help propose, define and re-work the entire scope of rules/regulations for scale competition.
Our newsletter, Replica, contains modeling tips, contest reports, a schedule of upcoming events & contests, an open forum for all scale modelers, articles and 3 views of full-scale aircraft, books, information on museums, and a host of other articles & subjects. You are invited to submit articles to the editor for consideration of publication. Email the Replica editor for guidelines & format:
Even if we can not immediately supply you with needed documentation, our newsletter Replica, is a pathway by which you can reach all our members with an ad inside the Wanted: section. A simple ad could produce all the information needed for your documentation needs, especially if it is a rare aircraft. By the way, our want ads are free of charge!
Flight Achievement Award
NASA's Flight Achievement Award is presented at NASA sponsored, AMA rule book, flying contests. This award is decided upon by a vote of the contest flight judges, in which the subject best duplicates prototypical flight, taking into consideration uniqueness of a subject and its flight characteristics. The judges' decision will be based upon the total flights made during the regular competition. For information, contact a NASA officer to see is thie award can be obtained for your event.
NASA Scale Road Show
NASA's Scale Road Show is conducted at the Weak Signals show (Toledo, OH) the first week of April and the AMA Convention (Ontario, CA) in January of each year. NASA's Scale Road Show is a scale seminar hosted by championship modelers, mentoring fellow scale modelers with piloting and building skills to further the sport of competitive flying scale modeling. You're invited to join NASA, its officers, and scale mentors at the next NASA Scale Road Show nearest you as we continue to meet the needs of you, the American competitive flying scale modeler.