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District VII—Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin
the AMA website: www.modelaircraft.
2886 E. Country Ln., Monroe MI 48162
Tel.: (734) 384-6085;
Before I run out of ink and column
space I’d like to give a final shout out
for all to get on board and participate
in the National Model Aviation Day to
benefit the Wounded Warrior Project
on August 17. Information about how
to register or find a participating club
can be found on AMA’s homepage.
These brave men and women stood up
for us; let’s stand up for them.
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144 Model Aviation AUGUS T 2013
I’d like to begin this month’s column
by sharing some information about a
few of the many AMA programs and
benefits that are available to assist our
members and clubs.
Did you know?
• This year, AMA awarded more
than $30,000 in Flying Site
Assistance Grants to clubs. The
grants provide clubs with the
opportunity to receive up to 10%
of their field improvement costs.
• Scholarships totaling more than
$40,000 were distributed to our
members for college tuition and
• Take off And Grow (TAG) grants
are awarded to clubs hosting events
that bring model aviation to groups
and the community. These grants
help offset the costs.
• Flying site disaster assistance funds
may be given to clubs to make
facilities accessible and usable after
a natural disaster.
• The AMA Club Recognition and
Rewards Program allows clubs
to earn cash rewards for public
relations efforts and promotion of
The following report comes from my
good friend and fellow modeler, Mike
Pavlock, of the Radio Club of Detroit
(RCCD). Mike serves as CD of Watts
Over Wetzel (WOW), and along with
the RCCD club members, he put
together a fun weekend of electric-aircraft-only flying. I’ve attended this
event for several years, and brought my
wife and grandkids along for the 2013
version. I’ll let Mike tell you the rest.
These are only a few of the services
that AMA provides to its members and
clubs. Not all applicants will receive
grants or awards, but everyone has an
equal chance. You can’t win if you
More information can be found at
“WOW, I was there.” WOW, or
Watts Over Wetzel, at the Radio
Control Club of Detroit’s field is in
Wetzel State Park and is RCCD’s
annual celebration of electric-powered
flight. In its eighth year, this two-day
event continues to grow and is now
truly a must-attend event.
Take a kid flying!
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