Becoming An FSA Member
Get an AMA membership (required).
You must be an active member of the Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA). You are required to give us your AMA number in order to apply. It’s quick and easy online at the AMA.
Register with the FAA (required).
Since we are located close to the nations capitol and within a SFRA, we require all of our members to be registered with the FAA and to have a solid understanding of our nations airspace. Registration is $5 and your aircraft I.D. number is valid for 3 years. You can register with the FAA on their website at https://registermyuas.faa.gov/. Pilots who do not register could face civil and criminal penalties.
Submit an application
OPTION 1: Apply Online (NEW!)
Apply for FSA memberships online. It’s quick and easy. You will need to have a PayPal account to submit payment. Don’t have an account? You can set up a PayPal account here.
OPTION 2: Send a Paper Application
Fill out the paper form and send it via mail with a copy of your AMA card and check.
Before mailing in the application be sure you have included a check for the proper amount and also a photocopy of your AMA membership I.D. Mail the application to the following address: Free State Aeromodelers C/O Membership Secretary, 3509 Blue Hill Drive, Ellicott City, MD 21042 (Please note that it may take up to 2 weeks to process your membership. If you have questions or want to know where your application is at in the process please contact us.)
“Why do I have to be a member of the Academy of Model Aeronautics?”
The AMA provides our club members the insurance needed to fly at our field. This insurance protects the club, its members, and most of all you. But it’s just not an insurance policy, it’s an open invitation to events all across the U.S. and to resources the AMA provides its members. Check out some of the AMA resources. Oh yeah, AMA membership applications can be found at many local local hobby stores or you can apply online at the AMA web site.
“Do you allow drones and first person view (FPV) flight at Free State?”
Yes, we have several members who fly drones and FPV at our location. An important note is that we ask our pilots who fly FPV adhere to the AMA’s operational requirements for the safety of you and all of our members and guests.
“I have an AMA Park Pilot Program membership. Can I use that to join Free State Aeromodelers?”
Absolutely! But please keep in mind that Park Pilot membership allows you to only fly aircraft that are considered park sized at our field (2 pounds, 60 mph max speed, no internal combustion engine). So once you exceed any Park Pilot limitations (e.g., you want to fly a glow powered aircraft) you must become an AMA Full (Open) Member. For more details visit the AMA website’s Membership Options page.