Bill Pritchett has 33 years’ experience as an educator. A graduate of Ball State University, he received his undergraduate degree in education in 1976 and master’s in 1981. Bill is a Precision Aerobatic National Champion and continues to actively fly and participate in model aviation.
He is currently serving as Director of Education for the Academy of Model Aeronautics.
In his current role as Director of Education for the AMA, Bill’s department has:
- Created AMA Flight School, the online resource that answers the question, “How Do I?”
- Fly Robotics/AMA Partnership with one of the nation’s leading providers of sUAS education
- 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 the monthly publication, Flightline, the AMA Youth Online newsletter
- Frank G. Brewer Award for Education awarded annually by the NAA for significant contributions of enduring value to aerospace education in the United States
- Produced Wings Over Indiana, a 60-minute PBS documentary and winner of three Emmy Awards
- Generated Youth membership in the AMA to nearly 50,000
- 3-Time Alcoa Grant for Aviation in Education recipient
- Produced MASC (Model Aviation Student Club) and UMASC (University Model Aviation Student Club)
- Generated educational “kits” that are built around sUAS using a multi-rotor platform, a video build instructional series, and a concluding national competition – UAS4STEM – using a search and rescue challenge for high school and university teams