Class license. Users should contact their
local amateur radio club (find one at
www.arrl.org) for testing schedules and
requirements for the Technician Class
Based on these regulations, here
is the practical application:
• In order to use a video
transmitter on your model
aircraft without a license, you
should first determine if it is FCC
certified. It will have an FCC
sticker somewhere on the video
• If it does have the sticker, you
can verify its authenticity at the
FCC’s database search at https://apps.
cfm and click on the Display Grant link.
• Insert the FCC ID number in the
first field and click on search.
• If the item is listed, then it is an
FCC Part 15-compliant device and does
not require an Amateur Radio License to
• If the item is not listed, then it does
require an Amateur Radio License to
If you have questions regarding
these FCC requirements, contact AMA
Headquarters at (765) 287-1256.
Largo Flying Club
On September 3, 2015, the Largo
Flying Club (LFC) of Largo, Florida, was
Recreation and Park Association at its
for this honor
by the City of
Parks and Arts
Department, in recognition of its
work in support of two important city
programs. For the past five years, LFC
has conducted a weeklong Learn to Fly
RC program for local youth as part of
the city’s Summer Camp series. It has
been extremely popular and the city
considers it a valuable and unique part
of its camp offerings.
Each year, LFC has requested financial
assistance from AMA under the Take-off
And Grow program. In each instance,
the club has received all of the assistance
requested and sometimes more. These
funds have been critical to LFC’s ability
to conduct these camps.
The LFC has also provided volunteers
as course workers for the city’s annual
Adventure Mud Run. This popular local
activity utilizes the LFC flying field as a
part of the race, and club members try to
assist during the event.
In addition to the award, this event
acknowledges a mutually beneficial
relationship between LFC and the City
of Largo. This is important to the club
because the parks department manages
the property that hosts the LFC flying
field. It is critical to maintain a positive
relationship between the two.
LFC club members have been flying
on this property for 16 years. In the
years before the first flying camp, it
was unclear how much longer the
LFC would retain use of the site. Since
participating in the city’s Summer Camp
program, relations have continued to
improve and the club members are
hopeful that they will be able to enjoy
flying there for many years.
Peter Waters Retires After 53 Years of
For 53 years— 48 in the US—Pete
Waters supported the aeromodeling
community by designing, manufacturing,
and repairing our electronic systems.
Through his association with MIN-X
and Kraft Radios, and founding Kraft
Midwest, Inc., Pete provided superb
products and exceptional service for our
radio systems. He has kept radio systems
running for decades.
Pete was a successful Pylon and RC
Aerobatics competitor. He was the AMA
District VII vice president for many
years as well. Pete was instrumental
in acquiring the International
Aeromodeling Center in Muncie,
Indiana, and helping develop it into
a beautiful showcase. As part of the
AMA Frequency Committee, Pete
worked tirelessly to protect the 72 MHz
frequencies that we used for so many
An accomplished craftsman, Pete has
Northrop Files: Buhl Pup
AMA Plans Service now
houses all plans formerly
sold though Model Builder
magazine, Bill Northrop’s
Plan Service, and the
Scratch Builder’s Almanac.
There are more than
1,000 plans in the collection.
Model Builder has many Old-Timer airplanes redrawn from the
1930s and ’40s. This is a semiscale
Buhl Pup from 1936. The completed
model spans 8 feet.
You can order the Buhl Pup, plans
number 91047, for $28 by calling
AMA Plans Service at (800) 435-
9262, extension 507.
14 Model Aviation DECEMBER 2015