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US Nats Schedule Update from NFFS

The current COVID-19 pandemic has thrown everything in the world topsy-turvy, and that impacts our hobby as well. We have gotten some question about the Free Flight NATs, both Indoor and Outdoor. NFFS is working closely with AMA to evaluate the situation daily.

Obviously, the health and safety of contestants is our primary concern and we will absolutely abide by all federal, state and local guidelines. However… Per AMA guidance, NFFS is continuing with PLANNING for both the Indoor and Outdoor NATs.

Indoor FF Nats – May 27-31, 2020 at Eagar, Arizona
The earlier date for the Indoor NATS will force us to make a decision on that component sooner rather than later. Eagar is a small town in a remote area of Arizona that will require extended travel for most attendees.  We will make a GO/NO GO decision on or before April 24th based on conditions and guidance from all federal, state and local authorities.

Outdoor FF NATs  – July 27-31 at Muncie, Indiana
Muncie has a little more infrastructure and the date is far enough out that we have some time to make the decision. That  said, we know that attendees need to make arrangements so we will make a GO / NO GO decision on or before June 26th based on conditions and guidance from all federal, state and local authorities.

It would be very easy to cancel the NATS today, we just don’t know the ultimate scope of this pandemic, but we want to let facts guide our decisions as best as possible. If you hope to attend, I encourage you to monitor the current status at https://amablog.modelaircraft.org/nats/. If you think you will want to attend, please feel free to register. In the event the NATs needs to be cancelled, AMA has assured that all registration fees WILL be refunded.

We are trying to make the best decision possible for all concerned and value your feedback. Please feel free to contact me directly at NFFSPresident@freeflight.org or call me at 312-804-5798.

Dave Lindley
NFFS President


This link  gives additional general COVID-19 information from the AMA https://amablog.modelaircraft.org/blog/covid-19-and-modeling-events/