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District XI—Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington
invited to pilot the
tugs on the pond and
the event. There were
high-quality vendors and
many swap tables with
Always a good chance to pad your wallet—or empty it.
great bargains. The AMA
booth was well attended
and we had an AMA
people and the event was a success.
533 Birch St., Oak Harbor WA 98277
meeting on Saturday where some news
There was an indoor fun-fly area,
Tel.: (360) 679-9139; www.amadistrict-xi.org
about upcoming changes and opinions
BattleBots, drift-car racing, crawlers,
about future directions were discussed.
RC carpet-car racing, a pond with RC
A week ago I thought I would be
boats, and more!
putting my column together at this
“Some planned features did not
time, but I didn’t think it would be
make it to the Expo because of snowy
my last column! I went in for a quick
weather, but there was still much to
angiogram and wound up with a triple
see and great bargains available. Inside
bypass. It went okay, but at the rate I
the Expo you were greeted with warm
am recovering, I should be good to go
indoor bright natural light, lots of color,
on my 97th birthday.
and sounds from the various activities.
Your district vice president for the
Wide aisles and perfectly polished
rest of this year is Chuck Bower. Next
concrete made it easy to get around.
Best in Show award—with check!
month he will have replaced my ugly
“The indoor fun-fly area was large
picture with his handsome one. Chuck
enough to hold a competition, which
is a great guy in all respects and I hope
was won by Kody Knutson. Second
“Plans for the 2015 event are
you will treat him as well as you have
place went to Zach Sweetser and
already underway. You can get more
third to Garrett Hanson. There were
information at www.nwmhe.com.”
It has been my distinct pleasure to
quadcopter demos and other flying
serve you. You can reach Chuck at
things throughout the weekend. Much
I should mention that a group of
firstname.lastname@example.org, 6075 S. Coles
of the weekend offered open flying
associate vice presidents and I did
Rd., Langley WA 98260; tel.: (360)
with a wide variety of helicopters, fixed
the judging. Most of us are aircraft
wings, and quads.
guys so it was with mixed feelings
“The R2D2 RC scale model was
that we decided Michael’s US Army
Earlier this month, another fine NW
on the floor Friday and Saturday and
Corps of Engineers snag boat W. T.
Model Hobby Expo was held at the
was a great crowd pleaser. The Scale
Preston was the best in the show over
Evergreen State Fairgrounds in Monroe,
competition concluded with Sunday’s
some beautiful entries. See the bonus
Washington. Attendance was slightly
awards ceremony. Twenty-five awards
pictures at www.modelaviation.com/
down. Getting there from the south was
were presented to excellent models
nwmhe2014 and in the digital edition.
questionable. Ron Swift sent me a few
from aviation, boat, and car/land
And for you guys who sent your fire
notes and I will add a couple of my own
categories. Michael Jones won Best of
boat over to where I was taking pictures
at the end. I heard nothing but positive
and hosed my trousers—I know who
remarks from attendees and vendors.
“There was plenty of activity on
you are and where you live!
the pond again this year. Guests were
“In February 2014, Ron Swift and
Sandy DuVall coordinated the 8th
NW Model Hobby Expo, continuing
the legacy started by the late John
Foglesong. Ron and Sandy both worked
with John, and they wanted to continue
the great event he started.
“The idea is to provide a venue
for modelers and the public for RC
and modeling. This year, participants
numbered between 1,700 and 2,000
And finally, do you belong to a club?
Best in Show model, the W. T. Preston.
Does it have bylaws? Have you read
them? Please read them and if anything
needs changing, take appropriate action
before something happens that you
If you fly in Washington state, there
is a new law in place regarding UAVs.
Fly by AMA rules and you’ll not have
a problem. See you at the field—
Associate Vice Presidents: Darrell Anderson, Great Falls M T; email@example.com; Bryan Batch, Spokane WA; firstname.lastname@example.org; Chuck Bower, Langley WA;
cbower@ whidbey.com; Al Culver, Wilder ID; email@example.com; Bruce Harlow, Myrtle Creek OR; bruceharlo firstname.lastname@example.org; Del Herring, Wenatchee WA; del.herring301@
gmail.com; Jerry Holcomb, Vancouver WA; email@example.com; Reeves Lippincott, Wasilla AK; firstname.lastname@example.org; Chris Rankin, Bend OR; (541) 593-3294; MissleMist@
rocketmail.com; Al Watson, Bellevue WA; email@example.com. Frequency Coordinator: Phil Tallman, Medical Lake WA; firstname.lastname@example.org. FF/CL Coordinator: Mike
Hazel, P.O. Box 505, Lyons OR 97358; email@example.com. RC Coordinator: Dan Rood, 629 W. 26th Ave., Spokane WA 99203; firstname.lastname@example.org. Webmaster: Chris Rankin.
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