(L-R) Dan Luchaco and John Kunte at the VRCMC
Flying Field in Round Top Park, located in Milan PA. Some of the nut trophies.
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AMA Thanks Its
AMA Expo East
typically held each year
in February in New Jersey, will have a new name in 2017 and
will be operated by AMA.
Renamed AMA Expo East, the 2017 show will be held
February 24-26 at the Meadowlands Exposition Center, in
Secaucus, New Jersey. The show will be modeled after AMA
Expo West, formerly called AMA Expo, which is held each
January in Ontario, California.
The WRAM club produced and managed the WRAM Show
for 48 years. “Since we are not holding a show in 2017, we are
pleased that AMA has stepped in to continue with a show for
model aviation enthusiasts from Maine to Virginia,” WRAM
club officers stated in a press release.
AMA Expo East will feature guest speakers including AMA
ambassador and NASA space shuttle pilot and commander,
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of a Pennsylvania
club have flown
at least one flight
each month for
500 months. John
Kunte, from Rome,
feat this year. Dan
explained how the
In January 1975,
the president of
Valley R/C Model
in Sayre, offered
to the club
the members to
fly at least one
flight each month all year long. Anyone who completed the
challenge would become a member of the Valley R/C Nut
Club and receive an R/C Nut Trophy at the annual club
banquet the following year.
The trophy is usually made out of some kind of nut.
Walnuts, peanuts, hex nuts, or perhaps the more aerodynamic
wing nuts, were used in the early awards. More than 41 years
of awards have resulted in a variety of styles and themes.
Approximately four to 12 club members qualify for the
club’s nut awards each year. The flights have no specific
requirements and the honor system is used to track the flights.
Helicopters or airplanes can be used for the flights.
The first Sunday of each month was the suggested flying
day during the north Pennsylvania winter months at the club
flying site, but any location could be used. Nitro power was
the norm, and it was sometimes necessary to preheat the
engine under a car’s tailpipe when the temperature was below
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