Sponsor a fundraiser for the Wounded
Please help support those who have given so much for us. In my lifetime, the United States has been involved in several conflicts in various countries throughout the world, and numerous people have died or been seriously wounded providing protection for this great country. This year, the Academy has set aside August 17, 2013, as National Model Aviation Day in conjunction with a fundraiser for the Wounded Warrior Project. The Wounded
provides assistance to injured servicemen and women and
Many of our clubs have already signed up to participate
at www.modelaircraft.org/nmad.aspx. If your club has not
done so already, why not? Please help support those who
have given so much for us!
One of the main questions asked about the Wounded
Warrior Project effort is, “Do I have to accomplish this on
August 17?” The answer is certainly not.
Some ideas that your club might consider include
having an auction, collecting donations at a club activity,
or organizing a fly-in. If you have questions, please contact
AMA’s Development Communication Coordinator Mandee
Mikulski at (765) 287-1256, extension 277.
Safety is always of prime importance. Recently, the question
was asked, “Do I have to fly in accordance with the AMA
Safety Code at all times or just when I am at the club field
or at a sanctioned contest?”
One should always fly in compliance with the safety code.
The code is there to create a safe, positive environment and
image for aeromodeling. If you know something is unsafe, why
do it? Too often, videos of reckless flying are posted on the
Internet where anyone can view them. Although you might
become a viral sensation, what would happen if you caused
injury to someone? I doubt that you want an unnecessary
accident on your mind for the rest of your life or risk the
impact a lawsuit could induce. Please think and fly safely!
The 2012 auditors’ report illustrates that tightening the
AMA budget has provided a more positive financial flow. The
government activism program is a considerable expenditure
and the benefits are beginning to show. Some of our programs
have utilized other methods to generate revenue. Thank you to
Last year produced a positive financial turnaround and I
am sure this year will be even better. If you want to review
the audit statement, it is located in the “Members Only”
section of the AMA website at www.modelaircraft.org/files/
This summer’s Camp AMA was another successful program.
AMA’s Education department, RJ Gritter, Andrew Jesky, and
Nick Maxwell deserve kudos for their dedication. Plans are
already being generated for next year. Perhaps your club could
sponsor a deserving young AMA member.
Today was an enjoyable day at my club field. It is interesting to
sit back and analyze what each member is doing.
Some simple observations included a man trying to
learn aerobatics, but he still needs much help with throttle
management and placement. Another member was fighting a
design that is underpowered and unstable, while another was
bringing in supplies for the field. This member hasn’t flown in
quite a while, but he sure enjoys the camaraderie.
What these people have in common is the fun generated by
model aviation. I hope you are having fun!
AUGUST 2013 www.ModelAviation.com