The Academy recently
welcomed Life Members Charles
M. Conlee, Fair Grove MO; Reese
E. Otts, Charleston WV; Peter
J. Forgacs, Britton MI; Brent E.
Jones, Palm Desert CA; James
C. McMahon, Valrico FL; David
Rowland, Nokesville VA; Douglas
J. Wilmes, St. Charles MO; Maui
Chai, Orem UT; Ken Carpenter,
Rio Rancho NM; Mark F. Pentony,
Union WA; Robert Begun,
Brooklyn NY; Lynn A. Springer,
Missoula MT; Jack A. Upchurch,
Jr., Wye Mills MD; Robert H.
Lewe, Owensboro KY; Larry K.
Laskowski, Newaygo MI; James
E. Bruning, Fort Smith AR; and
Thomas G. Bouwkamp, Lakeland
For information about becoming
a Life Member, contact AMA
Headquarters at (800) 435-9262.
—AMA Membership Department
AMA Thanks Its
A Journey in Mentoring
AMA member Don Szczur, an
electrical engineer and accomplished
competition pilot, was challenged by a
friend to give back to the hobby. He chose
to do so by educating youth.
Don’s son, Joseph, started middle
school in 2013 and was looking for
an activity that would help him make
friends while sharing his passion for
model aviation. This activity became the
Rocky Run Middle School Aerospace
Engineering Model Airplane Student
Club (MASC). By the time the club
celebrated its one-year anniversary, it had
grown from six active members to 17.
The students recruited more members
by adding Aerospace Engineering to
the club’s name. This also captured the
attention of parents hungry for their
kids to participate in science, technology,
engineering, and math (STEM)-related
Club members were introduced to
engineering concepts that were reinforced
by simple hands-on projects. Each
had to solve
three problems: lift, stability, and control.
Everything the club did circled back to
learning about those three foundational
The first project was a walkalong glider.
The aircraft is a great way to introduce
aerodynamics, is simple to construct, and
always flies well. These lightweight gliders
sustain flight by being pushed along by a
wave of air.
A variety of walkalong glider designs
were tested and the club chose a variant
of the Jagwing walkalong glider design,
cut from thin, hot-wire-sliced scrap foam
block used for computer packaging.
The second project was a basic rubber-powered stick model called the Z- 15.
The third project was the team-design
concept in which club members applied
what they had learned. Three
teams designed their own
glider from inexpensive foam
The glider that flew best
would be converted to RC for
each student to fly. The teams
had some innovative ideas and
learned to budget their time for
design, building, and test-flying.
The winning design was a
glider the students named Eclipse. It was
rewarding to see the expressions on their
faces as they watched it fly. The aircraft
demonstrated how principles of stability
and control were successfully applied.
Don challenges you to take the plunge
and give back to the hobby by being
involved in activities that get young
people engaged in model aviation. It will
be a lifelong memory for you and the
For more information about forming
a MASC, visit www.modelaircraft.
org/education/ masc.aspx on the AMA
—submitted by Don Szczur
11 Model Aviation DECEMBER 2014
Membership news and updates
from AMA Headquarters Air inthe
Phantom P- 30
Phantom Motors Distributing Co. heavily marketed its P- 30 Phantom spark
engine during the 1946 Christmas shopping season.
Full-page color ads appeared in Model Airplane News and Air Trails Pictorial in
November and December, targeting different demographics. One was directed to
the parents of youngsters who couldn’t afford to purchase a $14.95 engine on their
own, and the second was aimed at older modelers who had the funds available to
buy their own Christmas presents.
Although the Phantom P- 30 in the museum’s collection is missing its spark plug
and is rough and worn, it isn’t hard to imagine a young-at-heart someone seeing the
ads and pining for this engine when it was new.
—National Model Aviation Museum staff
The 2014 Rocky Run Middle School Model
Airplane Student Club (MASC).