Yep, they are not keeping up!!! I wish there was a clearing house for RC statistics. If we could show the #s from the manufacturers as to how many are selling 3D stuff, and a survey of how many fliers are 3D'n, we could wake them up. Further more, and most important, how many NEW pilots are getting into 3D!!!!!! This hobby will live and die according to the trends of the new blood.
And I'll ga-run-tee you in 5 years there will be more electrics than glow, and more independent flyers than AMA flyers. And I think 1/2 or more will be into 3D! So if the AMA shuns 3D (even if the outright attacks stop) and ignores serious electrics stuff, how can they expect to keep the edge?
Don't look for annother organization any time soon. From what I see, UMA is a joke. And the only serious competition the AMA ever faced was the SFA, which the AMA sued into oblivion!! If you wonder why there aren't 10 other organizations, try this: Go to your insurance agent, tell him what you do, and ask him to write a liability policy for your club. Have some ear plugs handy 'cause the laughter will be that loud!
Finally, as to mags, they are run by (Sorry to insult anyone) old guys. They are written for old guys. And the are selling advertising to old guys. Why? Old guys have the $$$$$$$$$$$$$$. We are getting a bit more power in that area, but trust me, until the $$$$$ adds up, they will still have the focus on what the young guys did 20 years ago. If the new 3D mag works out that may change things. But then I HAVEN'T GOT MY COPY!!!!!!!!
OK, I'll shut up now, well for a bit anyway....