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2024 NATS

The dates for the 2024 AMA Outdoor National Aeromodeling Championships (commonly referred to as the Nats) have been approved, as have dates for a few other key events at the AMA International Aeromodeling Center (IAC), including the Control Line (CL) World Championships. 

It’s going to be a busy and exciting summer at the IAC in Muncie, Indiana. We hope you can join us, for camping and other information visit the IAC information page.

nats 100

Hope Finn Awarded the Mulvihill Trophy

By Rob Kurek

Photos by Matt Ruddick

One hundred years ago, a handful of model aviation enthusiasts gathered for an event in St. Louis in what would become known as the National Aeromodeling Championships, commonly referred to as the Nats.

Group Heli

Well, this is it. Another Nats is in the books—a special one, considering it’s the 100th anniversary of the first Nats. Everyone had a great time, and I look forward to seeing everyone continue to improve with their flying in the future.


Nats Demystified

thermal hunting demystified

In our final episode of Nats Demystified, Matt Ruddick talks to Wally Adasczik and Bob Sifleet about hunting thermals in Soaring and Free Flight events.

windy conditions demystified

Join Matt Ruddick for another Nats Demystified where he talks to League of Silent Flight Secretary John Marien about how sailplanes are able to soar in windy conditions.

lost free flight model demystified

Matt Ruddick comes back for another episode of Nats Demystified to talk to four-time Nats champion Bob Sifleet about how free flight modelers find stray models.  

winch launch sailplanes demystified

In this episode of Nats Demystified, AMA's Matt Ruddick talks to League of Silent Flight President Wally Adasczik about sailplanes, particularly about on way these aircraft are launched into the air without the need for a propeller or tow-plane.


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