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   September 2010

 

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Bill and Ballot coming to your mailbox soon

Your annual membership renewal notice should be in the mail to you by the middle of September. Don't let your flying privileges, insurance, communications and other benefits get grounded! Also, your annual vote for district and national leadership will be included, and you must return it to the address indicated - not to AMA Headquarters.

FCC-logoAMA keeping tabs on FCC

In early June the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM), intending to "simplify, streamline, consolidate and update" Part 95 of its rules. Frequencies set aside in the 72 MHz band for model aviation would be regulated under Subpart D of the revised Part 95. The deadline for filing comments to the NPRM was September 3, 2010. AMA's FCC attorney and Electronic Technology Committee reviewed the NPRM and identified no obvious threats, but saw the need to address some minor issues. AMA will continue to work to maintain the use of frequencies set aside for modeling in the 72 MHz band for the foreseeable future. AMA's formal response to the NPRM, filed on behalf of its membership, can be read HERE.

Field1Your most prized possession? Could it be your flying site?

What good is having a bunch of model airplanes if there is no place to fly them? Your club's flying site is the key to your continued enjoyment. AMA understands this and is there for you, with a Flying Site Assistance Coordinator in Tony Stillman (see AMA TV above right) to offer such programs as the Flying Site Improvement Grant. See the link below for a PDF with more details.
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Classroom1Could school model aviation clubs be AMA clubs?

We are finding out that numerous educators across the nation sponsor model aviation clubs in their public school settings.  Many are modelers themselves, while others are using local AMA clubs to facilitate their efforts.  In the interest of expanding our outreach to youth, we are currently developing a specific AMA chartered club just for this opportunity!  Our initial vision of this is to include a faculty sponsor/advisor; student leadership that the students themselves develop; choice to affiliate with a local "adult" AMA chartered club; and activities that are engaging, educational and not financially out of a young person's reach.  If you are a modeling educator or know of any, please let us know. Send your comments and thoughts to AMA Education Director Bill Pritchett.

Do good and make money for your club

Consider the AMA's Reward & Recognition program an "attaboy" with bucks. Clubs that garner publicity for an activity that benefits a local charity or a school or community program are eligible to apply for an R&R cash reward of up to $300. This not only helps your club coffers, but it also helps solidify your community reputation and flying privileges. Learn more by clicking on the link below.
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IWC-photo1Indiana Warbird Campaign is quickly becoming a hit with pilots and spectators

In only its second year as an AMA-supported fly-in, and seventh year overall, the Indiana Warbird Campaign has grown to the top tier for warbird events across the country. More than 85 pilots from all over the nation came to the International Aeromodeling Center in Muncie Labor Day weekend. Read more about the event and check out the photos by clicking on the link below.
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2010-F5BD-WC-Logo-wSuccessful World Championships wraps up at the IAC

The 2010 World Championships for Electric Model Aircraft was held in Muncie August 19-25. Sixteen countries vied for titles in electric motor soaring and pylon racing.  The 13th annual FAI event involved F5B and F5D. Next year the IAC hosts the RC Aerobatics World Championships. To read about this year's competition, click on the logo to the right.

Take Flight for Kids

 

Northern California will be hopping with aviation activity September 25, 10am-4pm for the Take Flight Festival at NASA Ames Moffett field near Mountain View and Sunnyvale. For the 10th year in a row, the AMA will have a presence at this huge event featuring aviation and hands-on science activities. Click on the link below to learn more!
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