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  • 30 Apr 2017 8:05 PM | Steven

    Hello AMA Members All Over,


    Larry Roper of Boomerang RC Jets and myself (Steven Goler District 1 AVP) were invited to visit District 4 Eastern Shore Aeromodelers Club ( http://esacclub.org/ ) for a introduction to RC Turbine Jets to club members and spectators. Larry Roper was invited by D4 Club members Dennis Blades and Tom Perkin. They are two of four members of the club that are currently fling turbine jets at there. Tom was able to obtain his turbine waiver this weekend demonstrating the necessary skill requirements to earn his waiver according to AMA guidelines. Congratulations to Tom Perkin! Special thanks to Dennis Blade for setting this whole thing up with Larry Roper! I was there in two capacities, District 1 AVP and Boomerang RC Jet Rep.


    The Eastern Shore Aeromodelers Club has one of the most attractive and inviting flying fields that I have ever seen. The sky was wide open and the runway was as smooth as a putting green! They had a good turn out for the event and the members were welcoming and very friendly. I can't say enough about the hospitality they showed us. The atmosphere was relaxing and it felt like a home away from home with much better weather!! lol


    I was able to set up my Boomerang XL turbine jet on a buddy box and let some of the members see what it felt like to fly a turbine. Needless to say they were extremely excited and found it not to be as intimidating as the sound of the turbine. The highlight of my training was when a young member of the club named Noah got the chance to take the buddy box sticks and fly around. To tell you the truth I was a bit nervous because I had never seen any of these guys fly but let me tell you Noah took to that jet as if he's flown them before. I guess it's because these millennial's were born with joy sticks in their hands! LOL Larry Roper set up his buddy box also and took up some of the members with his Boomerang Elan. The Elan is just a little smaller than the XL but both fly very easy.


    While lunch was cooking I asked permission to fly my Chroma (drone) and let some of the spectators and members try it out. Some of the people that never tried one before were a bit intimidated but I assured them that they couldn't crash that particular drone if they tried. They loved it and they couldn't believe that they could view what the camera was showing directly to the transmitter in their hand. I was able to take a small video of the field and layout so that you can see how awesome that the Eastern Shore Aeromodelers Club is to fly at! Here is just a little video of the field and some of the members. Hope you like it because I had the time of my life!!!  A Big thanks to the Eastern Shore Aeromodelers Club Dennis Blades,Tom Perkin, and club President Jack Upchurch and all their members! 


    It's All About The Hobby!!!!   (Photos to follow)

    Admin note- See some of Steve's photos at the MA Photo/ Slideshow page.

    and at the District 1 Facebook Page.

    Great aerial video of the flying site:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v6tlS3cVBMs

  • 26 Apr 2017 9:22 AM | Daren (Administrator)

    AMA Government Affairs has been working on Op Ed pieces to send to various markets throughout the country this spring as the flying season begins. 

    From the Concord Monitor, Concord, NH April 26, 2017:

    http://www.concordmonitor.com/Keep-model-aircraft-hobbyists-flying-9497867


    The intent is to shed a positive light on the importance of our Community Based Organization- AMA Safety Code and our stellar record.  By highlighting key points and referencing local modelers who are members of the community (voting residents) the hope is to raise awareness and gain positive traction as the federal government reviews the special rule for model aviation later this year.  The special rule (commonly referred to as 336) is what identifies AMA as a Community Based Organization and allows us to operate within our safety code and beyond the more restrictive "recommended" practices put forth by the FAA.  The often misquoted and misunderstood "400 foot rule" for instance.  Please enjoy your season of flying but also keep in mind to be welcoming, informative and positive in sharing this great hobby.  Help us put the "Community" back in "Community Based Organization".  Fly safe, Fly often and Have Fun!

    Thanks,

    Daren Hudson

    District 1 AVP



  • 21 Apr 2017 3:08 PM | Daren (Administrator)

    We have provided several FREE methods for you to increase the exposure for your event.  Follow the instructions below to utilize one or more of the following options.


    POSTER SLIDE SHOW on the website HOME page- can be viewed on the Home page or "enlarged" for easier viewing:

         *Create a Photo Image "poster". Put as much information as you like on it.

    * Remember less is more and limiting to most important information will limit cluttering.

                 Easy to create on MS Word and save as jpeg! (need some help, let us know).

                 Note that it must be a photo image, type: jpeg, png, gif or tif.

         *Navigate to the Home Page- click on "UPLOAD"

         *Select Browse and find your saved "poster"

         *Click Upload and wait.  Photo image will be loaded in the folder and on the slide show in a moment or two. 

         *When uploaded you may add captions to the photo.

         *Done!  Image can be selected from the folder, saved, emailed or printed. To spread the word for all clubs when sharing information share the link to this website too.


    * We kindly ask that when your event is over please go back into "upload" and delete your poster/flyer so you don't get inadvertent calls.  Thanks


    FACEBOOK EVENT 

          *Create a Facebook Event on your FB page and include it as an Inserted link on the OPEN FORUM topic: "EVENTS! EVENTS! POST YOUR EVENT..."


    (To insert a link: click on the chain symbol above right in this text box)


    When you include a photo we will hyper link your photo/ flyer/ poster as a link to the Facebook Event.

          *Please "Share" your Facebook event at the District 1 Facebook Page


    NON SANCTION POSTING HERE

          *Post your event information on this topic of our "OPEN FORUM" - 

    "EVENTS! EVENTS! POST YOUR EVENT..."


         *Please try to use the following guidelines when listing your event information.  Keep in mind the Poster option above allows you to do whatever you want on the Poster/ Flyer and add captions!


    Please keep the listings limited to:


    Event Name

    Date(s)

    Location

    Time(s)

    Sponsoring Club (s)

    Description (limit to 200 characters)

    Links to your website listing, Facebook page, etc. 

    Photo or Poster which will be linked to the location of your choice (please provide link)


    Please look through existing events for ideas.


    Thanks for taking advantage of this free service provide to you by your District 1 Team.  The more we can share the great events taking place the more the entire District 1 (and beyond) community can benefit.  Looking forward to seeing and meeting many new faces at these events.

    Your District 1 Team


  • 17 Apr 2017 11:15 PM | Daren (Administrator)

    "Open Club", "Closed Club", "Restricted Club"? Whatever you choose please let's all be "WELCOMING CLUBS"

    "We don't want that kind of flying here because :..." "Those darn (fill in the blank with undesirable discipline) are ruining the hobby", "You can't fly that here", "No way man, no (fill in blank)"- Any of these sound familiar? Heard some form of them? Said or inferred any form of them?  We're all probably guilty at one time or another.  I feel the worst situation is a member comes to fly, they see someone flying the "undesirable discipline", don't say a word to anyone and leave.  Fast forward to next meeting or another day at the field with the other "undesirable discipline" flyer not present and the trash talk begins!  Problem?- NO communication between the original two pilots, could be as simple as "Hi, I'm uncomfortable flying while you are flying that discipline or in that way, mind if I fly alone?" Likely response- "No problem I can take a break"- End of problem.  But in my scenario we have, through rumor and innuendo and lack of good communication created a cancer in the club.


    Rumor-

    "AMA is trying to make us all be open to flying all disciplines, supporting all this (fill in the blank)!"

    FALSE!


    FACT- AMA is asking clubs to give us accurate information about their particular desires for operations.  What disciplines do you welcome and more importantly what would you rather not see.  (you may have a good reason or not, that's your club's business).  What we don't want is to send an interested and unsuspecting modeler to your club and have them turned away as in the examples above, leaving a bad taste not only for you and your club but for the hobby and all AMA chartered clubs- not good!  If a modeler with a discipline you would rather not see or spectator wanders in to your club field :

    PLEASE "DO"- politely welcome them and even thank them for showing interest and  (in the case of a modeler) explain your club's position and put the individual in touch with a another club in your area who supports the discipline, a District AVP or  District VP,  (all "Contacts" available at this website) so they can find a match to enjoy the hobby (and its many forms) that we all enjoy.

    PLEASE "DON'T"- brush them off, scare them off or be rude.  It took courage to just walk up to your club field knowing no one.  They are there because they are interested in this hobby (and it's many forms) and show an interest in your club.  You have no idea what skill sets this individual could offer your club.


    So, "Open Club", "Closed Club", "Restricted Club"? 

    Whatever you choose please

    let's all be "WELCOMING CLUBS"


    Daren Hudson, District 1 AVP


    Last modified: 13 Mar 2017 12:07 PM | Daren Hudson

  • 17 Apr 2017 8:40 AM | Daren (Administrator)

    Here are several programs that you may not be familiar with provided by AMA for your clubs or members.  When reviewing the requirements many clubs find that they are all ready doing what is necessary to receive Monetary Awards and Recognition.  Check them out.


    AMA Club Recognition Program


    Leader Club Application


    Leader Member Application


    Intro Pilot Program


    Takeoff And Grow TAG Program


    Sign 3 and Fly Free Program


    Contest Director and Event Manager Application (online!)


    AMA News you can use Application Deadlines


    For more programs and information visit AMA website or directly to the AMA Documents Page


    We also have a Most Used and Accessed Documents Page on this District 1 Website for your convenience.


    Thanks,

    The District 1 Team


  • 07 Apr 2017 11:34 AM | Daren (Administrator)

    While attending a meeting for the RC Aces in N. Hampton this week a good question was asked by a member.


    "Where can I and more importantly where am I not suppose to fly my Mavic Pro in the White Mt. National Forest or along the Appalachian Mountain Trail system?" 


    I have checked on "B4UFly" which is an FAA app and on our own interactive search "Map" from this site. I found no restriction but am reaching out to Chad Budreau at AMA Govt Affairs, D1 VP Andy Argenio and D1 Technical/ Safety Officer John Yassemedis for follow up.


    Useful link: https://www.fs.fed.us/science-technology/fire/unmanned-aircraft-systems/responsible-use


    Here's the follow up:

    Quote from AMA Govt Affairs representative, Chad Budreau


    "This is a complicated question... 

    BLM (Bureau of Land Management) and National Forests are more relaxed in their UAS policies than National Parks and National Monuments.  Hobbyists can fly on BLM and National Forest by following AMA and FAA rules and obviously not harassing bystanders or wildlife and avoiding wildfires.  The National Forest has created a work group to determine more formalized policies, but at this time there are no universal rules.  

     

    While a hobbyist may be able to fly at a National Forest, it is very unlikely a hobbyists will have access to a National Park or Monument anytime soon.  All requests to fly have to be vetted and approved in DC by the NPS Administration.  At this time they are only allowing a very few select commercial operators to fly.

     

    The Appalachian Trail is a little tricky as certain sections are managed by the National Park, various local governments, volunteer associations, and the National Forests.  Sections managed by the National Park will not permit UAS activities.  Sections managed by the National Forest may be more cooperative such as the White Mountain stretch. 

     Best,

    Chad"


    Here's a Best Practice  we recommend when you are flying anywhere. 


    Introduce yourself to any spectators and check for objections. Make sure there will be no "harassing" of people or wildlife. You may just enlist a spotter and create a "pro- drone" fan(s) with a positive progressive attitude which promotes the hobby while respecting the environment, wildlife and others right to enjoy the open space.



    If we are polite and proactive rather than reactive and defensive we will serve the hobby and all modelers better.


    Thank you


    Your District 1 Team
  • 21 Mar 2017 9:40 PM | Daren (Administrator)

    You can use this Blog post to access the most current AMA Air episodes.  Enjoy!


    AMA AIR


    AMA EXPO





  • 09 Mar 2017 2:10 PM | Andrew (Administrator)

    In this episode, the Roswell Flight Test Crew speaks with Andy Argenio, the District 1 Vice President of the Academy of Model Aeronautics, who is also the chair of the group's Advanced Flight Systems Technology Committee. Andy served as the Contest Director for the US National Drone Racing Championship, ensuring that pilots and organizers adhered to the AMA's safety code. Technically an amateur competition, the Drone Nationals were sanctioned by the AMA and all of the pilots who participated where required to present proof of AMA membership. Among them, Argenio saw the same attributes – including sportsmanship and a keen interest in technology – that marked the hobby of radio-controlled flying when he began more than 60 years earlier.

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    VIEW VIDEO


  • 09 Feb 2017 5:44 PM | Andrew (Administrator)

    Watch the Academy of Model Aeronautics’ Rich Hanson and Chad Budreau sit down with Charles Raley, Senior Attorney for the FAA, to discuss the current regulations regarding UAS. The group covers topics such as airport notification, altitude restrictions, preemption, and more.



  • 09 Feb 2017 3:58 PM | Andrew (Administrator)

    Club charter renewal season will be here before you know it. Renewal packages will be mailed to officers designated as the club contact in mid-January.


    Are you unsure who your club previously designated as the contact officer? You can check your online club roster in the Members Only section, or look up your club’s contact information through our club search function on AMA’s website.


    If you need to designate a different officer, simply just send an email to clubs@modelaircraft.org.


    Your current club charter does not expire until March 31; however, we strongly encourage you to complete the charter renewal forms and return them to AMA as soon as possible. We hope this brief video will make the renewal process as quick and easy as possible.





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