Donating to the
This month’s picture shows me presenting an AMA Foundation Heritage Society certificate to Bob Kane, president of the Toledo Weak Signals
club during the 61st annual Toledo Show: R/C Model
Expo. The award recognizes the
club’s many donations to the AMA
Scholarship Fund throughout
the years. A special thank-you is
extended to the Toledo Weak Signals.
I hope your club will consider
donating to the AMA Foundation.
Its efforts benefit the scholarship
program, education and youth
programming, the National Model Aviation Museum,
club support, and government advocacy. The goodwill
that you exhibit could benefit many.
While I was at the show, I had the pleasure of attending the
District III meeting coordinated by District III Vice President
Mark Radcliff. Several AMA programs were explained and
various volunteers were introduced. It was a pleasure to see
the enthusiastic members.
Thanks to Wayne Yeager and Rick Lederman for more
than three decades of show leadership. Thanks also to the
club members, show vendors,
and model builders for a great
I met with several leaders of the
governing body for Canadian
modelers, the Model Aeronautics
Association of Canada (MAAC).
We have always enjoyed a good
relationship with the MAAC, and
this meeting was no different.
It focused on cooperative
government relations within our countries. The concerns
of the FAA and Transport Canada are quite similar and
the cooperation between the two groups will lead to the
enjoyment of model aviation for all.
Additional meetings and dialogue will continue throughout
Randy Cameron, AMA District VI vice president, chaired a
meeting of Special Interest Groups (SIGs). I am impressed
with the progress that this group has made. We already have a
much better relationship and the result will be increased SIG
Most of us contended with a rough winter, but the warm
weather is now here. Flying outside is a welcome change.
Remember to check your equipment. Unfortunately,
batteries don’t last forever. Are all of your control surfaces in
good shape? Are the bolts and fittings on your aircraft secure?
It is surprising to me that a few of us have a tough time
recognizing that we are not the only modelers on the field.
Each year we contend with those who disagree with each
Often, the cause of problems is failing to adhere to the
AMA Safety Code or lack of respect for other modelers. The
AMA Safety Code ensures that we all fly in a safe manner.
Along with that, observing rules that have been created by
your club is a must.
Abusing flightline rules is probably the most common issue
encountered. I can understand an occasional problem, but
habitual poor behavior must be prohibited.
Starting your model in the proper designated area protects
everyone at the field. Most of all, common sense must prevail.
I am sure a safe attitude will enhance your flying enjoyment.
Our dedicated AMA employees receive numerous
communications throughout the course of a day. Nearly all
are extremely positive, but recently a few have been beyond
I consider those who exhibit foul language unworthy of
AMA membership. Please treat everyone the way you would
expect to be treated.
Along with that statement, I want to add that the AMA
expects everyone to illustrate an encouraging, family-type
environment at all of our fields and functions.
“I am sure a
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