Bill Wylam at his
Photo courtesy of
Bill Wylam, AMA
aerospace engineers in the use of models
in their aviation courses.
The club provided an area at the
back of its flying site where members
normally fly RC sailplanes for the group
to launch small Estes rockets that they
built as part of their weeklong course.
The trainees competed with each other
to see whose rocket landed closest to the
target landing area!
After the group finished with the
rocket program, it moved to the RC-powered flight section of the site,
known as Fritz Field. There, several club
members prepared trainer aircraft to
give each CAP aerospace engineer some
time on the sticks and familiarize each
with actual RC flight. Earlier in the
week, they had all received training on
an RC flight simulator. Now, it was time
to try out what they learned on a model.
Along with several models that were
provided by the club, the CAP aerospace
engineers also brought an electric-powered sailplane that they would fly
with CAP students when they returned
to their local chapters.
The AMA provides flight kits to the
CAP Aerospace Education program.
These kits go to squadrons to help
cadets learn how to fly RC. They
include the AMA AeroLab DVD, Wings
Over Indiana DVD, AMA Cubs, balsa
gliders, an RC simulator, and a sailplane.
Squadrons interested in participating in
this program can contact the CAP.
Everyone had a turn at flying and
all gained a new understanding and
appreciation of model aviation. The
club members were able to share their
engineers and all
had a great time!
This is a
to work with
is proving to
be fruitful for
both groups, and
both came away
enthusiasm and appreciation for what
each was doing.
Thanks to Jeff Montgomery and
the group for including AMA in their
program and thanks to Northwest
Florida Modelers Inc. President Charles
McMahon for hosting this event for the
fifth straight year!
William “Bill” A. Wylam
March 9, 1915-June 4, 2015
If you’ve ever built a Scale model, you
might have used plans drawn by AMA
Model Aviation Hall of Fame inductee
Bill Wylam. In his lifetime, more than
1,500 of Bill’s airplane drawings were
published in Model Airplane News and
he wrote 12 books. A few of his books
are in the National Model Aviation
Museum’s Lee Renaud Memorial
Library, and some of his plans are sold by
AMA Plans Service.
Inducted into the AMA Model
Aviation Hall of Fame in 1993, Bill
began modeling in
roughly 1924. His
source of inspiration
was an aviation
column in the Chicago
He joined the
League of America
(AMLA) in 1925
as one of its charter
members. In hopes of
winning the AMLA’s
national contest, he
built a Lockheed Vega,
but lost by several
points to another club
member. Bill’s model was later donated
to the Smithsonian.
In 1930, Bill learned the basics
of mechanical drawing from Fred
Zimmerman and became involved in
airplane drawing. His detailed three-view drawings of aircraft appeared
in Model Airplane News for 30 years.
According to his AMA History Program
autobiography, Bill met many notable
aviation figures, including Orville
Wright, Gen. Henry H. Arnold, Charles
Lindbergh, and Adm. Marc A. Mitscher,
while working for the magazine.
While in college, Bill was a part-time
designer for Cleveland Model & Supply
Company, Comet, and General Models
kit manufacturers. He later worked as
a senior electrical engineer for NASA’s
Apollo and Saturn Space Shuttle
Programs and received three citations.
To learn more about Bill’s life, read his
autobiography at www.modelaircraft.
When someone has a sudden cardiac
arrest, also known as a heart attack,
every second counts. If that person
happens to be at a remote location,
far from emergency responders, the
situation can quickly turn from scary to
“Every minute that someone is not
revived from cardiac arrest, they have
a 10% chance of not surviving,” said
Eric Williams, AMA District II vice
president. “Only 7% of cardiac arrest
victims actually survive, but when you
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