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Bill Pritchett

Director of Education, AMA

Bill has 30+ years’ experience as an educator. A graduate of Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana, he received his undergraduate degree in education in 1976 and master’s in 1981. Bill is a Precision Aerobatic National Champion, and continues to fly competitively.

Bill is the Director of Education for the Academy of Model Aeronautics – in his role with the AMA, Bill has:

  • Created AMA Flight School, the online resource that answers the question, “How Do I?” www.amaflightschool.org
  • Designed and hosted Camp AMA
  • Created Learn sUAS – www.learnsuas.org
  • Provided Fly Robotics sUAS Ground School. This ground school is an E-Learning sUAS Center of Excellence designed for self-paced and asynchronous learning.
  • Produced Flightline, the AMA Youth monthly online newsletter
  • Received the Frank G. Brewer Award for Education. This award is given annually by the National Aeronautic Association for significant contributions of enduring value to aerospace education in the US
  • Produced Wings Over Indiana, a 60-minute PBS documentary and winner of three Emmy awards
  • Developed a Fly-Robotics/AMA Partnership - one of the nation’s leading providers of sUAS education
  • Teamed with Fly-Robotics in the development of FAA Part 107 online course as well as regional sUAS Public Safety course offerings
  • Generated Youth membership in the AMA to more than 60,000
  • Three-time Alcoa Grant for Aviation in Education recipient
  • Produced MASC (Model Aviation Student Club) and UMASC (University Model Aviation Student Club)
  • Developed STEM flight challenge UAS4STEM built around sUAS using a multirotor platform, online ground school via Fly-Robotics, a video build instructional series, and a concluding national competition using a search-and-rescue challenge for high school and university teams (www.uas4stem.org)
  • Created partnerships for the Academy with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Experimental Aircraft Association, FAA, DJI, Civil Air Patrol, NASA, and others