Great news! As I write this in October, the Academy of Model Aeronautics has 175,865 members, surpassing the 2002
number of 173,420. We owe everyone involved
a great deal of gratitude. We are a super team!
The AMA is waiting for the FAA to review and
categorize the large number of comments that were
generated by members of the Academy toward the
interpretative rule. I hope the FAA’s response will not take
an excessive amount of time.
As you can imagine, this effort has and will continue
to consume a lot of money. If you haven’t included a
donation with your 2015 renewal, please consider doing so.
The funds generated will certainly allow us to extend our
You might also consider donating to the AMA Foundation
at www. modelaircraft.org/supportAMA. Mandee Mikulski,
the Foundation’s director, will gladly answer any of your
questions. Contact her at (800) 435-9262, ext. 277, or by
email at email@example.com.
The month of September allowed me to see a large portion
of the US because events in Maine, Colorado, and Texas
were on my schedule. District I Associate Vice President
Raymond LaBonte and crew in Sanford, Maine, generated
the first event: the Maine Jet Rally and Model Expo. District
I Vice President Andy Argenio, Executive Director Dave
Mathewson, Flying Site Coordinator Tony Stillman, and
several others represented AMA.
Matt Chapman was featured in the full-scale air show.
This event allowed spectators to enjoy Control Line, RC
helicopters, micro flight, car racing, jet models, and the AMA
Next on the schedule was enthusiastic attendance at
Warbirds Over the Rockies in Arvada, Colorado. Mother
Nature generated snow on Friday morning and a beautiful 84°
day on Saturday … what a change!
District IX Vice President Jim Tiller, Mandee Mikulski,
and I were happy to meet those enjoying the event and the
noontime air show. The event CDs, Brian O’Meara and Jim
Manley, provided the impetus for the Arvada Associated
Modelers to host this super event.
Saturday evening’s banquet was held at the Wings Over
the Rockies Air and Space Museum in Denver. This venue
provided a super backdrop for a great dinner and then an
auction that raised thousands of dollars for Mental Health
America of Colorado. If you are into warbirds, this is a must
for your schedule next year.
AMA Vice President Mark Johnston hosted the District
VIII Celebration of Flight Memorial that was produced by
the Tri City Flyers near Seguin, Texas, at the Old Kingsbury
Aerodrome. The AMA membership meeting was highlighted
by a discussion with AMA Safety and Member Benefits
Director Ilona Maine, Director of Public Relations &
Government Affairs Rich Hanson, and Dave Mathewson.
At the conclusion of the meeting, Ritch’s Raiders BBQ
Team served an enjoyable Texas barbecue. The festivities were
highlighted by the induction of Jim Rice into the AMA Model
Aviation Hall of Fame. Needless to say, Jim is a humble and
very deserving recipient.
The AMA Expo will again be held at the Ontario Convention
Center in Ontario, California. The three-day event will be
January 9-11, 2015. Additional information is available on the
Expo website at http://amaexpo.com. I hope to see you there!
I wish you enjoyment during the upcoming holiday season.
May the gifts you receive be focused on the fun of model
at a record high
6 Model Aviation DECEMBER 2014