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Katherine, Richard Fitt, Cory Dail,
John Skikas and his daughter, Hannah,
got to work helping the kids unpack
their AMA Darts and FF Sig Cubs.
They laid out the stick-and-tissue
models over their plans and assisted the
children with assembly. The models
were left to dry overnight.
The next day they arrived at the
club, just as excited as the kids to see
their airplanes fly. A few last-minute
adjustments to the models were made,
then, the moment of truth.
On the count of three, numerous
aircraft were released and took to the
air in a display worthy of any air force!
Hearing the kids’ whoops and yells
definitely made their time and efforts
worthwhile. The best flight of the day
was a 15-second ROG with the kids
running after the aircraft cheering
A couple of weeks later, the club
hosted the children at its airfield for
an afternoon of buddy-box flying. Bob
Awtry set up his flight simulator and
provided initial instruction in the basics
of RC flight. Then Bob, Jim Desautels,
Richard, and Jeremy helped the kids
fly via high-wing trainers and buddy
The children had fun and reluctantly
left the field with their counselors as
sundown approached. It was rewarding
to see how much fun the kids were
having and the smiles on their faces.
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Canyon Crosswinds and the new pilots from
the Santa Clarita Boys & Girls Club.
1827 Santa Monica St., Fairfield CA 94533
Tel.: (707) 480-2053; www.ama10.org
This time of year we celebrate
anniversary milestones for organizations
in the Leader Club program. This
program encourages clubs to follow the
best practices that the AMA has found
result in clubs that thrive, enjoy good
community relations, and field security.
Five-year awards were given to the
Cedar City Radio Control Club, the
Miramar Radio Control Flyers, and
the Santa Fe Dam RC Modelers. The
Tucson Radio Control Club reached
15 years, and for the first time, 20-year
awards were bestowed and the Orange
Coast RC Club was the first club in the
district to reach this milestone.
Congratulations to all of these clubs.
If your club is not a Leader Club,
please take a look at the program
and join today. Details are at www.
Canyon Crosswind’s member Bob Awtry
conducts ground school.
Boys & Girls Club members compare their new
If you are a CD and haven’t tried the
online sanction process, I encourage
you to do so. I used it for my last
contest and was happy with it.
This new process makes it easier and
faster to receive a sanction. You can
access it in the “Members Only” section
of www.modelaircraft.org under
“Contest Director Portal.” Check it out
The Canyon Crosswinds RC club
joined with children from the Boys and
Girls Club of Santa Clarita Valley to
build and fly rubber-powered airplanes.
This second annual two-day event was
a success for everyone involved.
Jeremy Howard, his girlfriend,
The Mather Aerospace Modelers
of Sacramento, California, a Gold
Leader Club for more than 10 years,
held a static display at the California
Aerospace Museum this past Armed
Forces Day. Aircraft were on display
as well as two RC flight simulator
stations. The display was set up and
worked by five members: Rex Williams
Jr., Jim Gerow, Ed Myers, Hank Pajari,
and club president Norm Poynter.
A static display at a museum or
a mall is a great way to recruit new
members and reach out to your
community. It is one of the electives
you can perform to become a Leader
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A brave new pilot prepares to lift off.
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Contest Coordinators: Tim Attaway, Chula Vista CA; (619) 427-6392; email@example.com; Ellis Hall, Fair Oaks CA (North); (916) 217-6302; firstname.lastname@example.org; Howard
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