The drone craze has certainly created a change in aeromodeling activity throughout recent years.
We have seen various new facets of model
aviation come into being since 1936. I have been
involved with some of those changes during my six
decades of enjoyment of aeromodeling. I have witnessed
the evolution of RC, Giant Scale, Pylon Racing, helicopters,
3-D flying, and now multirotors.
It is ironic that these changes have created some irritation
with “traditionalists.” It is only natural that some people are
reluctant to change.
I belong to the Southern Tier Aero Radio Society (STARS)
club of western New York. This is a club with a rich history in
the large-scale movement. Today, approximately 45 members
enjoy various aspects of model aviation.
Early this year, the club unanimously voted to host its first
FPV racing event. To say that the event was a success would
be an understatement. Competitors from New York, Ohio,
Pennsylvania, and Virginia attended. Some came from places
with inhabitants who normally do not attend events in our
area. It was great to see new faces.
These modelers are from a new, younger generation that
will expand our hobby. As a result of the STARS’ effort, a
new young contest director organized his first event, several
potential new members were involved, and the gathering
was a financial success. The club is to be congratulated in
recognizing and enthusiastically participating in a futuristic
facet of model aviation. Thank you!
This is the 50th anniversary of the Mid Hudson Radio Control
Club’s Jamboree at the Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome. For more
information about the event, visit the club’s website at www.
mhrcs.com. Congratulations to the club for continuing a great
event for a half century.
Each year, I am proud to see the participants of Camp
AMA enjoying their involvement at camp. This year was no
exception. Special thanks to all of those involved. I am proud
to consider these “kids” as my friends.
It is not too early to start thinking ahead to 2017. A great
club program is to send a young modeler to camp. During
the next several months, a special initiative could be set up to
do this. Any interested club should contact AMA’s Education
department and explore ideas for how to do this.
As I am writing this, EAA AirVenture is just a few days away.
The AMA works with the EAA in a cohesive and cooperative
manner. Many members are unaware that EAA’s Chairman of
the Board Jack Pelton, EAA Vice President Sean Elliott, and
EAA Vice President Rick Larsen attended the AMA Expo
in Ontario, California, in January 2016. All of these men are
modelers. Sean and Rick also attended Joe Nall Week.
The AMA efforts at this year’s AirVenture will include
several locations focusing on aeromodeling exposure. I have
enjoyed this show for several years and appreciate all of the
volunteers’ efforts. It’s amazing that so many AMA members
also belong to the EAA. If you are not an EAA member, you
should consider joining.
The July 2016 issue of the EAA magazine, Sport Aviation,
featured a great article focusing on Matt Chapman. Matt is
not only an outstanding air show performer, but also a super
modeler. I am proud to call him a friend and I wish to thank
him for his kind words about the AMA and aeromodeling.
6 Model Aviation SEP TEMBER 2016
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