Since acquiring the event in 1999, the AMA has wooed winter-weary modelers to Ontario, California, for its annual exposition and trade show. Held at the spacious and conveniently situated Ontario Convention Center, the Expo is a great place for enthusiastic modelers to glimpse new and upcoming
products, network with fellow hobbyists and industry insiders, and even purchase some must-have, cool new
This year’s event was January 9-11. Key features of the Expo included a static model competition, indoor
flight demonstration areas, and scheduled speaking presentations by a variety of industry professionals on
topics pertinent to the hobby.
The list of vendors and exhibitors numbered more than 100 and ran the gamut from Align helicopters and
multirotors to Zurich International sunglasses. I spent most of the day Friday and Saturday plying the aisles
and rooms of the Ontario Convention Center and offer the following highlights, observations, and opinions.
The Year of the Multirotor
Expo attendees could not help but notice that multirotor vehicles continue to experience an explosion in
popularity and availability. Every aisle featured numerous vendors and manufacturers displaying the latest in
From easily affordable nano-size quadcopters tiny enough to fit in your pocket, to large hexacopters and
octocopters capable of hoisting full-size, gimbal-stabilized DSLR cameras aloft, Expo attendees keen on taking
in—and perhaps even taking home—everything multirotor were not disappointed.
by Jon Barnes
23 Model Aviation APRIL 2015 www.ModelAviation.com