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  • 20 Jul 2018 9:34 PM | Steven

    Plattsburgh NY Sept 21 - 23 Jet Scramble. This is the link to Facabook with the flyer



    https://www.facebook.com/amadistrict1/photos/gm.1822402717844660/1016570211834985/?type=3&theater

  • 16 Jul 2018 5:04 PM | Steven

    I attended the Rutland County Radio Control Flyers FUN-FLY on Saturday July 14th. It was a 3 day event but I was only to attend for a day and half. It was held at the Fair Haven Municipal Airport in Fair Haven, VT. When I got there and saw the manicured cut runway with open sky surrounding it I was amazed. They had the perfect place to enjoy the hobby!



    The club members were welcoming and very nice people to spend time with. We talked, laughed, and flew all day! The atmosphere was so relaxing that I felt as if I were a member! There were all kinds of planes represented. They had war birds, cubs, sport planes, FPV, helicopters, and yes even jets!! I flew two of my jets and took a little video of the event from an aerial perspective. (The other times I flew I forgot to turn the camera on!) :P lol Any way I am looking forward to attending next year!



    The Rutland County Flyers have one of the best venues that I've ever visited. The scenic views on the way to the field were spectacular!! The mountains were full of vibrant chlorophyll. Now I understand why they call Vermont the "Green Mountain State"! ;) This little video will show you the beauty of the Green Mountains! Thanks for the hospitality!



    CLUB OFFICERS

    President: Fred Capron
    Vice-President: Bob Case
    Secretary/Treasurer: Brant Duffy
    Safety Officer: Bob Wilcox

    Here's a link to their web site. https://sites.google.com/site/rcrcf3090/home

    Steve G. AMA District I AVP



    Facebook link to video https://www.facebook.com/groups/amadistrict1/

  • 06 May 2018 8:21 AM | Steven

    Through the hard work and coordination of Daren Hudson District 1 AVP on Saturday May 5th, 2018 (Cinco De Mayo) AMA District 1 club members along with our District 1 Vice President Andy Argenio were invited to be participants at the Boy Scouts Of America NHX Jamboree held at Loudon Speedway in Louden, NH.


    There were many activities for the Scouts to enjoy at this event. There was NASCAR racing, Go-Carts with speeds up to 80 MPH, rock climbing, and a Unites States Army Black Hawk Helicopter fly in with show and tell, classic cars, and numerous activities throughout the day!


    Daren Hudson and Andy Argenio were able to have the Academy of Model Aeronautics RC Airplane Simulator Trailer be present to give the kids the experience of flying a radio controlled airplanes with out the risk of "real time" cost associated after a mishap!!


    Although we had some serious wind conditions it didn't stop us from demo flying some of our airplanes! (After coaxing) I was brave enough to take a flight with one of my Turbine Jets!! I must say that my knees were knocking but the flight was exciting for the kids to see. I could hear the oohs and aahs from the kids and my confidence level went up! All I kept saying to myself was "don't mess up the landing"  LOL I came in on approach and it was a smooth landing with winds gusting! I then began to breath!!!  LOL


    AMA District 1 was well represented by different clubs from the New England area. I'd like to personally thank and acknowledge District 1 VP Andy Argenio, Daren Hudson District 1 AVP, Johnnie Yaz District 1 AVP, Concord Skyhawks, Andy Fagan Freemont Flyers, Plum Island Airport RC, Fremont Flyers, Southern NH Flying Eagles, and ALL of the New England District 1 AMA Club Members that I didn't list for donating their time, skills, and assisting with buddy boxes! Please forgive me if I left any clubs out. Your clubs participation was well represented and I am grateful to you all.


    I would also personally like to thank Mr. Reggie Showers from Horizon Hobby for flying to Boston from Philadelphia just to lend a hand and assist with this event. His dedication to the hobby is Outstanding!! (I did have to hear about the Philly Eagles though) LOL


    All of You guys gave the Scouts a memorable flying experience that will hopefully spark interest in aviation or engineering! I can't thank you enough for your dedication to our hobby!


    Finally although Daren Hudson (D1 AVP) was not able to attend, the AMA portion of this event would not have been possible without the hard work and dedication to our hobby that Daren brings every day!! Daren's Ambassadorship and dedication as an advocate to our hobby is never ending and deserve all the recognition for pulling this together to make it a success!!! Thank you Daren.


    I have posted some photos of the event and here is a link to some of them.

    http://www.amadistrict-i.org/ALBUM-MA?own=true



    "It's All About The Hobby"


    Steven Goler D1 AVP

    Soaring Eagle

  • 30 Apr 2018 3:26 PM | Daren (Administrator)

    New season, New pilots, New Instructors! 

    Time to dust the rust off as 2018 Flying season in District 1 gets underway. 


    This Blog is intended to be a “living” document where techniques, anecdotes and quality instruction information can be shared. Please share and check back often. 


    ***Instructor Pilot Clinics!***

    We all know great pilots don’t always mean great instructors, right?


    How about getting together area club: long time, brand new and those interested in instructing together at a host field to discuss techniques, setups, lessons learned, anecdotes and other beneficial information to share near and far so we can all do our best to train the next generation of model aviators?


    Great pilots and great instructors are constantly learning and relearning to be the best they can to serve their students and get them up and away safely and quickly with a solid foundation and a full “tool box” to expand on themselves through productive practice with purpose. 


    Please share this around and let’s try to pull off a few of these this year. 


    Daren Hudson

    District 1 AVP

    Education Outreach 

    Intro Pilot Instructor

  • 29 Jan 2018 12:22 AM | Daren (Administrator)

    Join us in congratulating fellow District 1 member Wayne Roberts, owner of Tough Jets for being featured in a Park Pilot plane review.  Wayne is a regular at open flying events at Plum Island Airport and other locations throughout the region.  Well done Wayne.  If you haven't tried one his Tough Jets they are a blast.

    See a copy of the article here:  Tough Jets Park Pilot Article

  • 27 Jan 2018 12:18 PM | Daren (Administrator)

    Hello,


    I've been a District 1 AVP (Associate Vice President) for just over a year now and I've been getting around the region and interacting on social media to get a better pulse on what our membership really knows about AMA.  My conclusion, unfortunately is not too much!  That's not necessarily a bad thing for a hobby organization or a club.  I'll admit before getting more engaged myself I didn't realize how many benefits, programs and how much support and outreach assistance resided inside AMA.  However, for the largest "Community Based Organization" representing modeling it is somewhat alarming and deserves attention.  In this time of split second communication and an enormous amount of information available at a moment's notice why don't more of our members and officers know more about the organization they belong to, represent and promote? It could be there is too much information or many members choose not to utilize the vast array of technology for communicating or they just want to pay their dues and fly their model planes or enjoy whatever part of this diverse hobby they gravitate to?


    Here's the problem with the “I just want to pay and fly” or "pay and play" option of membership.  The hobby industry and AMA has been challenged from many obstacles over the past decade from market pressure on local hobby shops to the proliferation of the drone market and resulting tsunami of crazy legislation from municipalities to Washington affecting all aspects of the hobby.  While all this was eroding the fabric of the "traditional" hobby of modeling, innocent enthusiasts trying to enjoy their pastime were feeling these pressures; having difficulty finding parts and supplies locally, club rosters suffering for conflicts over different "new" disciplines entering the hobby, flying fields and facilities being lost due to encroachment and noise issues, reduction in new entrants into clubs. Those "paying and playing" and not becoming engaged or even informed in the chaos saw dues increasing for the first time in years, started hearing more about government relations, legislation and advocacy when all they wanted to do was get their insurance and play with their models.  The world had changed under their noses and their "Community Based Organization" which supported their beloved hobby quietly in the background with huge events to enjoy, programs of all kinds, benefits reaching far beyond insurance, outreach to schools with STEM programming and much more was now reaching out for help.   Why? Because it was under attack and needed a "call to action" from it's troops, the ones who love the hobby, who know the most about how well the safety code works to mitigate threats, the benefit of assistance with procuring and sustaining flying facilities and more.  All those things happening in the background with little fanfare for all those years was great.  Now, unfortunately due to outside forces the organization required members to become informed and advocate.  To inform and educate those outside the hobby since they were threatening the relationship established with the FAA because of the success of that safety code and threat/ risk mitigation held for decades.  Why? because they too were not informed and educated on the very activities they were attempting to govern.  Who better to educate and inform them than the group who had done it successfully for those nearly 80 years?  So, here we are.  A Community Based Organization recognized by the FAA seeking it's "community" for help.  Lawyers to lobby in Washington costs $, the creation of a department known as Government Relations, not needed a decade ago, to focus on needed advocacy, PR and communications cost $, increasing the outreach to communities, local, state and federal agencies cost $, the list goes on.  So yes, the dues increased to cover these new needed expenses to protect and defend the hobby we all love. 


    What now?


    AMA is actively improving resources and communication avenues to help members help the organization and the hobby.  The website is being revamped and constantly experiencing improved access.  A great starting point is the Membership "Benefits of this Organization" page and another resource for what's going on is the Government Relations page These are only two resources.  How else can and is AMA helping you help your organization?  Soon you will be seeing a "Government Relations Advocacy Tool Kit" which will include methods and materials to easily advocate for your hobby and AMA with local, state and federal government agencies.  In addition, districts are increasing the number of AVPs and there is a new initiative to encourage each chartered club in AMA to have an engaged "Leader member" who will act as liaison to the AVPs to provide a better source of accurate information being passed to members. AMA realizes that there are areas that need improvement and we are working to do just that but we need the help of members to speak up and share concerns. 


    So what can YOU do?  Become informed, reach out to your representatives in AMA: your club officers, leader members, district AVPs, VPs through district website forums and blogs and district social media sites, the AMA website and FB page, and AMA HQ contacts through email or phone.  Give us your feedback- if you see something say something!  Reach beyond the hobby community when the opportunity exists to inform and educate and introduce new people, young and old to the hobby.  Advocate for your hobby however you can and do all this while you are enjoying the ability to have fun with your pastime, it will only continue to exist if we come together as a "community" within this Community Based Organization of the Academy of Model Aeronautics. 


    I welcome your feedback anytime.


    Thank you,


    Daren Hudson

    District 1 AVP

    dth7@comcast.net

  • 11 Nov 2017 2:53 PM | Daren (Administrator)

    Plum Island Airport RC Flyers AMA 5198 serves as an example of one success story in District 1.  There are more in the region and we are asking you to share them here By “add comments” to this blog.  Sharing the successes and learning from them will go far to help more clubs in New England and beyond secure and preserve flying sites.


    Continued brush clearing maintenance at Plum Island shows how working with land managers, and AMA created and preserves a superb flying venue to serve the community, modeling and aviation. New President of Plum Island Airport RC Flyers Club, Larry Roper was on scene as the clearing of over-grown brush adjacent to the runway took place. The club was awarded an AMA flying site grant 2 years ago for initial clearing. That effort included volunteers from our club, other area clubs and MA Boy Scout Troop 44 (you may remember them from our Aviation Appreciation Day- Plum Island Aviation Appreciation Day for Scouts 2016) all coordinated through the Historic Plum Island Airport management.

    With the help of a hired machine and operator we hope to keep the area from the wind sock to the runway more manageable with a mower. This will serve the many full scale users of the historic airport as well as the many modelers who visit Plum Island to fly in our events annually.  As Larry reminds us in this video, community and land owner relations is key to retaining quality flying sites. Part of that is community outreach and capital improvements that benefit all stakeholders. Remember that AMA has flying site resources including: pdf and video series on acquiring and keeping sites, grant program to financially assist clubs who qualify and testimonials such as this about success stories. 

     AMA Flying Site Assistance 


    Larry provides a video of the work taking place at Plum Island which is good reminder for us all.
    https://m.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=HgNdeiMnJrA


    Please post your stories, questions and “add comments” to this blog.


    Thank you and happy flying,

    Daren Hudson

    District 1 AVP

  • 06 Nov 2017 7:57 PM | Daren (Administrator)

    On October 21st, 2017 District 1 was well represented by several clubs, members and district officers at our 2nd year attending this multi aviation user event put on by the Granite State Airport Managers Association, GSAMA to raise funds for their STEM and scholarship programs.  This year we added to our successful static and simulator displays with Giant Scale Aerobatics and Turbine Jet flight demonstrations. I want to thank the GSAMA and in particular Rita Hunt and the organizing committee for allowing us to expand our exposure this year, we really enjoyed putting on a show for you.  Rita and I have worked together for more than 2 years now supporting both aviation and model aviation in NH and beyond.  Her enthusiasm for the positive impact modeling can have on aviation as a whole is much appreciated.  As you will see in the pictures and the video clips (see comment section for videos please) young and old alike were introduced to some model flying that they had never seen before while getting the opportunity to give it a try on the simulator and realize its a little harder than it looks!  Hundreds of spectators and exhibitors were able to get up close and personal with the static displays and the demonstration pilots from 9am-2pm on a beautiful fall New England day.  From all reports and feedback the demonstration flights and the simulator and static displays were a huge success and GSAMA would like us back again next year.  We look forward to it and are all ready thinking how we can make it even better.

    Of course this type of event cannot happen without volunteers and modelers willing to pay it forward and pay it back.  We are so fortunate to have such a talented and giving community in New England and I am grateful to those who help me and the other D1 officers spread the good word about modeling and support aviation through our great hobby.

    As CD for the event I would like to personally thank the following modelers for their support and help.  Everyone involved in events such as these are true ambassadors for the hobby, AMA and aviation.

    Your Flight Demonstration Pilots:
    Cody Wojcik, Tyler McCormack- Giant Scale Aerobatics and Extreme Aerobatics
    Jeff Lynds- Scale Turbine Jet Demonstration
    Larry Roper- Sport Turbine Jet Demonstration (unfortunately Larry had technical issues and was unable to fly but he was ready to go, mechanical failures do happen). Thank you Larry for jumping in on the mic to narrate when I took the standby demonstration slot.
    Daren Hudson- Sport Turbine Jet Demonstration
    John Yassemedis- District 1 Technical Officer and Part 107 Drone pilot- Commercial Drone Demonstration and airborne videography.

    Your Flight Demonstration spotters:
    Ted Wojcik, District 1 AVP NH spotting for Cody, Scott McCormack spotting for Tyler, Mike Terocy spotting for Jeff, Andy Argenio, District 1 VP spotting for John and Steve Goler, District 1 AVP MA spotting for Daren, District 1 AVP MA, NH.

    Ground support for flight demonstration pilots and static:
    Steve Brehm, District 1 AVP RI, Karen Adrien and Susan Gjeltema

    Static display and RC Simulator booth in hangar:
    Fremont Flyers VP Ray Racine (Ray's second year running the sim booth, great job!), Secrertary Ken Mowers and Treasurer Andy Fagen along with new member Ron Lessard.

    Also thanks to SNHFE members Brian Smith with his son and Erik Verstraete with his daughter Anna who were there for support.

    As you can see it was a collective effort by model enthusiasts promoting model aviation and the community based organization of AMA.

    Clubs represented from District 1 included: Fremont Flyers- NH, Plum Island Airport RC Flyers- NH, Southern NH RC Club, Southern NH Flying Eagles, Woodstock RC Flyers- CT and Crow Island RC Club- MA.

    District 1 Officers present: Andrew Argenio- VP, Daren Hudson- AVP MA, NH, Ted Wojcik- AVP NH, Steven Goler- AVP MA , Steven Brehm- AVP RI and John Yassemedis- District 1 Technical Officer.

    Special thanks goes out to our Photographers Andy Fagen and Brian (sorry I didn't get his last name, he was shooting at the event for GSAMA and supplied us with some photos).  Our videographers: John Yassemedis- Airborne Drone footage and Tom Hettinger for ground based footage.

    I am so proud of the support from our District 1 members for this outreach event which shares the love of our hobby, networks our good works to many new faces and provides a positive and productive image of model aviation and AMA to the public.  I feel that this type of event participation is key in preserving a productive relationship with aviation users, communities, the general public and legislators moving forward.  I can't thank the volunteers and my friends enough for helping out.  I look forward to doing this and more events like this in the future.

    See you on a flight or spectator line soon!


    We've shared several photos at the NH event photo gallery on this site.


    Aerial video shot by D1 Tech Officer John Yassemedis featured on the home page video banner.

    http://www.amadistrict-i.org/5-VIDEO-NOV-12


    Full Video Playlist available at the new District 1 YouTube Channel


    See complete album and videos in the comment section of this District 1 Facebook Group post.

    https://m.facebook.com/daren.hudson/albums/1503981023020166/


    Thank you,

    Daren Hudson,
    District 1 AVP MA, NH

    Please share this post far and wide, inside and outside our modeling community. We want more people to "get the bug" for model aviation.
    *If you have any questions about this event or are interested in holding an event featuring model aviation please get in touch with me.  Community and school outreach programs are some of the most rewarding activities we can do.  I always get more than I give.
     

  • 15 Oct 2017 11:20 PM | Steven

    This is a link to the write up that Daren Hudson wrote concerning this past weekends event with the Cub Scouts Pack 50 at Plum Island Airport. Nice job Daren and all the participants


    Direct Link to Scout Aviation Day Album and Story


    Sharing the hobby, making smiles!


    Thanks Steve, I updated the link to go directly to the album.


    Hello, I was going to write a blog with reference to this event and Steve started for me, thanks buddy!  That teamwork is part of the point I wanted to make.  It takes a village to promote the hobby.  With the advent of social media the "share" button can be a welcome "team member" for that purpose.  This blog can be considered a companion piece to "Open Club vs Welcoming Club".


    This past season at Plum Island has been an eye opener for myself and our members.  We have learned just how valuable and beneficial a welcoming attitude, a hand shake, an invitation "under the ropes" and an introductory flight can be.  We have had 6 events and at 2 Open Fly ins and this past Scouts Aviation Day we have flown approx. 75 Introductory flights with people of all ages and backgrounds.  We have spent much time talking to spectators and visitors, often inviting them as guests under the ropes for an up close look.  We will often bring the planes to the ropes and engage visitors to "look under the hood" and get some hands on experience.  We've also invited photography enthusiasts in to take pictures.  My point is that those hand shakes, those welcomes and the time spent really pays off.  Not only enjoyable for everyone involved, we always get more than we give, but the networking benefits can work well for the hobby, for the club and the community.  We have been saying all year "you never know who you will meet at the spectator line".  That networking has led to Steve Goler successfully running a jet demonstration at the Beverly Airport Family Fun Days where thousands of spectators were thrilled with the members flying turbine jets.  Other benefits have been this recent Scout Aviation Day which was networked through the Historic Aerodrome and our contacts.  We have also been put in touch with an individual who may be helpful for flying site acquisitions.  These are just a few.


    So how can you help?  If your club has an event, a fun fly, an open house, etc.  Do you have fun?  Of course you do.  Make sure someone captures some "story photos" and use social media to share them outside your club.  "We" club members know how much fun the hobby is, we need to get that message outside the hobby community.  A simple Facebook Album with a few sentences to describe the event posted at a club page then shared to other clubs and most importantly on personal pages may just get the attention of someone new.   A school teacher may want to start an after school enrichment or STEM program, a senior center might want an outing idea, a retirement advisor may be looking for activity suggestions for recently retired individuals, a community may be having a parade or celebration looking for something different, a scout troop may want a cool activity or have their scouts earn an aviation merit badge,  etc.. you get the idea.


    As an example this Scout Aviation Day album was posted on our Plum Island Airport RC Flyers FB Page then shared at the District 1 page and group and several other RC groups.  Finally I shared it on my page and the scout troop's page.  Within 2 hours is had reached over 460 people!  That's considerably more than the 20 members of our club.  I told two friends and so on, and so on...

    You can also share here at the state photo album page and add captions to describe your event/ outing.  Someone may pick that up and share it.  The point is share the good news!


    Enjoy the "off season" and stay warm.  Dig through some photos and help promote the hobby.


    If you find yourself near Concord Airport on Saturday the 21st stop in and help us promote at the 4th Annual GSAMA Aviation Day and 5K on the Runway.


    Thanks for what you do, enjoy the hobby and share it.


    Daren Hudson

    District 1 AVP

  • 08 Oct 2017 11:44 PM | Daren (Administrator)

    Wow! What a jet rally. Fantastic group of pilots and participants, our usual great spectators and 3 of 4 absolutely fantastic warm fall New England weather days. Thank you thank you thank you to ALL involved. Congratulations to Larry Roper on his first "CD"- Contest Director event, a great one. Our mission at PIARCF (Plum Island Airport RC Flyers) is: "To promote the historic Plum Island Aerodrome, Scale Model Radio Control Aviation, AMA (the Academy of Model Aeronautics) and to inform and educate the local community and all spectators. We aim to serve RC pilots with specific needs, be it paved runway and expansive airspace for turbine powered jets or airspace needs for IMAC and Freestyle practice." I am very proud to report that on the opening day of this event (Thur Oct 5) that mission came to life at Plum Island. MIT was present with their prototype long range drone for test flights (they also use the airport), We had setup tents for the jet rally and pilots were flying, attracting spectators to the aerodrome. Pilots not flying engaged with the onlookers answering questions and sharing the hobby. Around lunchtime a call came in on the radio and 6, yes 6 beautiful bush planes with their big tundra tires came in and landed on the grass. The pilots were as interested in our jet models as we were in their bush planes, sharing aviation! The jet flying continued at a steady pace through Saturday aftrenoon. Spectators filled the parking lot and brought picnic lunches to watch the show. All in all a perfect event. Special thanks to the Plum Island Aerodrome, Historic New England, our great pilots, our wonderful spectators and all those who helped with set up and clean up. This jet rally capped off a very good season at Plum Island. We look forward to putting together another great season of events for 2018. Please see our "Events" section on this FB page in late winter as we post the schedule. Blue skies. PIARCF Officers and members.


    Photo Album on Facebook- Plum Island Airport Photo Album Link

    Also see photos on the District 1 MA photo/ slide show page.

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