What a start to 2015! The MAAA, the leading body for aeromodelling in Australia, through its membership with Air Sport Australia Confederation (ASAC), is now formally recognised by the Australian Sports Commission as the National Sporting Organisation for Aeromodelling. In short, the MAAA has secured Sporting Status.
MAAA is the only aviation aeromodelling member of ASAC and is linked to FAI through ASAC. As a National Sporting Organisation (NSO), we are now all able to make use of the benefits this sports recognition brings.
For State Associations and Clubs affiliated with MAAA, there are definite benefits when applying for State and Local Government grants. Previously, many of our clubs were not eligible for these grants as aeromodelling wasn't formally recognised as a sport. Only States and Clubs affiliated with the MAAA can take advantage of this recognition.
To assist with the time taken in processing grant applications, all State Associations and Clubs are asked to advise the MAAA Secretary by email of any applications being made utilising ASAC/MAAA recognition as criteria. This is so confirmation of MAAA affiliation can be made to the grant provider.