The following was sent to AMA
Education Director Bill Pritchett.
The Academy of Model Aeronautics
has played a huge role in the Indiana
Science Olympiad for many years. Here
at Indiana University in Bloomington,
we frequently host the Science
Olympiad State Tournament; in fact
we’ve hosted it for the last four years
consecutively and were just awarded the
2016 tournament as well.
When I think of all the people
involved in making the state
tournament a huge success, the first
person and group that comes to mind is
Tom Sanders and the AMA. Tom has for
20+ years put together a team of AMA
enthusiasts to run the flying competitions at the state tournament. I know without
a shadow of a doubt that I can count on the AMA folks to run competitive flying
events that are fair for each student participating.
This group of people gives approximately 20 hours of their time on tournament
weekend to provide trim flights and run the competitions. I simply cannot imagine
doing this tournament without this group. The impact they make on young flyers
is amazing! Hundreds of students arrive early and stand in line just to get flying tips
and help from Tom Sanders and his crew. They always leave learning something new
that will help them in the world of flying.
The state tournament is just one Science Olympiad event [where] you’ll find
the AMA. They also help at several invitational and regional tournaments, IUPUI’s
[Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis] Build It Day, and this December
will offer a flying clinic in December.
I want to take this opportunity to thank you and the many members of the AMA
for all you do for children of all ages and for Science Olympiad.
College of Arts & Sciences
After looking at the latest issue of Model Aviation, I realized there are little
additions buried within that greatly encourage us amateurs.
Things as simple as the picture list of the most common connectors are a great
help. It’s something to tack on the shop wall. These little things, along with the
articles giving the “basics” of different subjects, need to be occasionally repeated as
new people come into the sport every day.
9 Model Aviation SEP TEMBER 2015 www.ModelAviation.com
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