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The Southern Air RC Club Receive AMA Club Recognition and Reward Grant

The Southern Air RC Club recently received an AMA Club Recognition and Reward Grant for $50. The Southern Air RC Club located in Vanceboro, NC, hosted half a dozen Cub Scout's from New Bern’s Centenary Church on July 21 to teach them how to fly at their flying field.

 

The Southern Air RC Club recently received an AMA Club Recognition and Reward Grant for $50. The Southern Air RC Club located in Vanceboro, NC, hosted half a dozen Cub Scout's from New Bern’s Centenary Church on July 21 to teach them how to fly at their flying field. The club gave the kids ground school, flight instruction and some time on a flight simulator. The cub scouts were able to handle the flight controls and make the airplanes fly. Kids often learn aerodynamics and maintenance from these exercises. The cub scouts got a break from flying around noon which included hot dogs and chips. Also, the boys were given balsa gliders of their own to take home. The Southern Air RC Club works with any youth group for free. To learn more about how to get involved with the club, visit their website here. The AMA Club Recognition and Reward Program was established to encourage clubs to promote model aviation. The AMA offers clubs cash incentives for positive local media coverage for a public event, public service, club announcement, or other coverage. Click here to learn more about this program.

AMA Hall of Fame Member Offers Special Price on New Novel for AMA Members

AMA Hall of Fame member, Dave Gierke, is offering special promotional pricing for AMA members on his new novel. After three decades of research, followed by eight years of writing, Gierke finished his two-volume, lightly dramatized biographical novel based on the American aviation pioneer, Augustus Moore Herring.

 

AMA Hall of Fame member, Dave Gierke, is offering special promotional pricing for AMA members on his new novel. After three decades of research, followed by eight years of writing, Gierke finished his two-volume, lightly dramatized biographical novel based on the American aviation pioneer, Augustus Moore Herring. To Caress the Air: Augustus Herring and the Dawn of Flight – Book 1, takes place in the United States during the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and chronicles the engineer’s aeronautical achievements, his ordeals, and his triumphs over severe adversity. The book’s setting is the New York State Supreme Court. Herring’s account is conveyed through his testimony during the 1921 civil action trial, Herring-Curtiss Company v. Glenn H. Curtiss, et al., which provides a venue for flashbacks that document his role in solving the age-old problem of manned, powered, heavier-than-air flight. Working with other luminaries of aerial navigation, including Lilienthal, Langley, Chanute and Glenn Curtiss, Herring moved his family from New York City, to Washington DC, to Chicago, to St. Joseph MI, and back to Long Island NY (with brief stops at Hammondsport NY, and Marblehead MA), all in the pursuit of solving the mysteries of dynamic flight.      Gierke states that unlike the Wright brothers, Herring believed that flying models were useful for developing full-size, man-carrying aeroplanes. During the 1890s he designed, built and flew many gravity-powered gliders and twisted rubber-powered craft. In 1902, he engineered and fabricated the world’s first practical internal combustion model airplane engine, which he used to power a successful free-flight model in January of 1903; this served as the basis for Ray Arden’s first engine in 1907. Gierke is a lifelong control-line and radio control modeler. He is also a columnist for Model Airplane News magazine. For a limited time, he is offering AMA members an exclusive pre-order deal for the ebook. To Caress the Air: Augustus Herring and the Dawn of Flight – Book 1 can be pre-ordered for only $1.99. In return for this price, Gierke requests that the purchaser writes a review of Book 1 and submit it to Amazon and Goodreads. The official launch date of To Caress the Air, Book 1 (ebook, paperback, hardcover) will occur on June 1, 2018, at which time the ebook price will revert to $9.99. For more purchase details, including a free gift and several never-before-published photos of Dave’s models, go to www.davegierkebooks.com.

February Flying For Good Featured Club

The Flying For Good featured February submission is the Erie RC Club. The club is located in Erie, IL. The club hosted the annual Quad Cities Children's Cancer Fly. At the event, there were turbine jets, helicopters, sports planes, biplanes, gliders, planes as big as 60 percent and more.

 

The Flying For Good featured February submission is the Erie RC Club. The club is located in Erie, IL. The club hosted the annual Quad Cities Children's Cancer Fly. At the event, there were turbine jets, helicopters, sports planes, biplanes, gliders, planes as big as 60 percent and more. There is always something flying in the air at the event. Eighty pilots registered for the event. At night, spectators can camp in the primitive field and night fly. The event raised almost $6,000 for Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation. The AMA Foundation would like to thank the Erie RC Club for their hard work and dedication to raising money for a Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation. The AMA wants to know how your club has given back to charity. To learn more about the Flying For Good Program, click here.  

The New Foundation Board Members

Dean Palermo (Miami area, Florida) Dean Palermo is a Client Relations and Business Consultant for Palermo, Landsman, and Ross P.A. (full service account service).

 

Dean Palermo (Miami area, Florida) Dean Palermo is a Client Relations and Business Consultant for Palermo, Landsman, and Ross P.A. (full service account service). Palermo takes his extensive experience working with Fortune 500 companies from which he offers consulting services to our client base of entrepreneurs, athletes, entertainers, and high net-worth individuals. Dean takes their passion and dreams to the next level. He organizes the firm’s involvement in numerous charities and not-for-profits for our clients and associates in the South Florida community. His involvement with the AMA and AMA foundation include: -2014 Sony open with Rich Hanson, RJ Gritter, Nick Maxwell -2015/16 NBC Today Show/Good Morning America. Matt Lauer, Kerry Saunders. Rescue assist from flood waters Live Show, life jacket to swimmer LifeGuard assist program Live Show, Drone safety in Hotel “Live” -2015/2016/2017 Facilitated several demos and training sessions for UAS for safety, inspection, etc. -2006-17 Vista View RC 501c3 nonprofit Electric only club due to city requirement (236 active members) -2015/16/17 Educational/safety events to the public “boy scout Jamboree” “multi GP Safety Grant given”, and Private Crest” both Nonprofit and for profit -2016 ESPN college Final ESPN Blimp with interactive FPV gear -2006-17 Deans RC Keeps, Wire-Keeps, Battery-Keeps Etc. original distributor for 8 years, Horizon Hobby. From Dean: “A lot of behind the scenes work goes into building a reputation and culture. I have enjoyed every moment helping others get into the hobby as hobby and others build a carrier around what they love. I have been flying Scale RC plans, Gliders, Jets, Helis, quads ect… All aspects of aircraft and truly enjoy it all and have built a club site where they all interact together sharing and enjoying that common bond of the pure enjoyment of RC flight   Francis “Rusty” Kennedy (Poquoson, VA 23662)   Rusty Kennedy is retired. He served in the United States Air Force from 1975-1997. He was the owner and operator of a retail hobby shop from 1997-2007. His involvement with the AMA and AMA foundation include: -AMA member for a few years in the 60s, 1979 - present AMA Member -AMA Leader Member 1983 - present -Life Member L716 -Life Member AMA Museum Patron -Lifetime Contributor AMA Foundation -AMA Distinguished Service Award 2015 -Associate Vice President AMA District IV   Terry Fleener   Terry Fleener is the Director of the National Rugby Foundation. His long and noteworthy involvement with the sport of rugby began in 1963 when he was a Founding Member and player for the Quad-City Rugby Football Club in Davenport, Iowa. In 1967 he served in his first of numerous administrative positions as he served on the Board of the Midwest Rugby football Union.   In 1975, Mr. Fleener was a Founding Member of the Board of Directors of the Western Rugby Union. That same year, he was also elected to the first ever Board of Directors of the Western Rugby Union. He remained a USARFU Board Member until 1999 serving among other positions as Treasurer from 1983-87 and President from 1987-89. He was also the first president and a member of the Board of Directors of the Pan American Rugby Association from 1992-2001. From 1996-2001 Mr. Fleener served as USA Rugby Director of the Pacific Rim Rugby Championship and was Chairman, Board of Directors, of the Pacific Rim Rugby Championship, Inc. from 1998-2001. In 2004, Terry joined the Board of Directors of the United States Rugby Foundation, a position he continues to hold today. Terry also continues to serve as a Trustee of the Green and White Rugby Trust, the non-profit arm of the Denver Barbarians Rugby Football Club. And he’s also been to every Rugby World Cup as a spectator.   Mr. Fleener recently retired as Director of Marketing for Ball Aerospace, a company in Colorado developing products for the civilian and military Space Programs. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Engineering from the University of Iowa, and a Masters in Business Administration from Denver University. He has been married to Jane since 1969 and they have two sons, Clint and Clay, and two granddaughters. He is an AMA member and a multi-rotor pilot.   Paul Frankum (Atlanta, GA)   Paul Frankum is transitioning into a position in Atlanta at the corporate office to serve as lead for one-third of global business ($1 billion annual revenue) for Flower’s Foods. He has worked with Flowers Foods for 30 years and has served as president of operations for five locations within the company.   His involvement with the AMA and AMA foundation include: -Lifelong modeler in Georgia -Served as AVP for 6+ years -Leader members -Turbine Waiver holders -Contest Director -AMA Foundation Donor  

Donor Spotlight: Donald William Carnes

It’s with great sadness we report the passing of AMA member Donald W. (Bill) Carnes of Florida. He passed in March 2017 at the age of 84. Bill was a long time member of the AMA and participant in his local model aircraft club in Naples, Florida. Bill is the newest member of the AMA Foundation Legacy Society.

 

It’s with great sadness we report the passing of AMA member Donald W. (Bill) Carnes of Florida. He passed in March 2017 at the age of 84. Bill was a long time member of the AMA and participant in his local model aircraft club in Naples, Florida. Bill is the newest member of the AMA Foundation Legacy Society. Thank you to Bill’s family for facilitating the donation of his model airplane collection for RC Resale to benefit the programs funded by the AMA Foundation. Bill Carnes was a master craftsman who loved building and flying model aircraft. Bill’s love for model aircraft started in the early 1940’s. He started with rubber band propelled airplanes and from there he went on to building 1/4 and 1/2 scale models from kits and from scratch. As he got older, his passion turned toward gliders. Bill built many different model gliders over the years. He also received his glider pilot license to fly his own full scale gliders. Bill hoped to someday own a motor glider to not have to rely on a tow plane to get airborne. In 2008, he ordered a motor glider kit from Slovenia. This was transported to the U.S. via ship. Bill learned to use the internet in order to track the kits arrival to Miami because he was so excited. The model was a Sirus by Pipistrel Motor Glider which could take over a year to build. With the help of Bill’s friend Joe Casey, a retired airline pilot, the glider was assembled in a few months. Bill always paid attention to the smallest detail when working on his many projects no matter how big or small. Bills collection of giant scale sailplanes has been donated to the AMA Foundation with the goal of helping raise some funds for AMA programs. These sailplanes were transported from Marco Island, Florida to Muncie, Indiana. Read more about the collection here.

The Rogue Eagles RC Club Receives an AMA Club Recognition and Reward Grant

The Rogue Eagles RC Club recently received an AMA Club Recognition and Reward Grant for $125. The club is located in Medford, OR. The club hosted their 39th Annual Air Show at the Agate Skyways air field. The Air Show ran from noon to 2 p.m. August 29-30. Admission was $5 per person or $10 per carload, with kids allowed in free. The proceeds from the event benefited Children’s Miracle Network health care services provided to local kids through Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center. The club members flew everything from real drones to models of fighter jets to gliders and biplanes.

 

The Rogue Eagles RC Club recently received an AMA Club Recognition and Reward Grant for $125. The club is located in Medford, OR. The club hosted their 39th Annual Air Show at the Agate Skyways air field. The Air Show ran from noon to 2 p.m. August 29-30. Admission was $5 per person or $10 per carload, with kids allowed in free. The proceeds from the event benefited Children’s Miracle Network health care services provided to local kids through Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center. The club members flew everything from real drones to models of fighter jets to gliders and biplanes. There was also an Avanti electric-powered jet that reached 110 miles per hour. The event was family friendly and a bomber replica ended the show each day by dumping pounds of candy on the runway for kids to grab. The AMA would like to thank the Rogue Eagles RC Club for hosting a family friendly event and raising money for the Children's Miracle Network. The AMA Club Recognition and Reward Program was established to encourage clubs to promote model aviation. The AMA offers clubs cash incentives for positive local media coverage for a public event, public service, club announcement, or other coverage. Click here to learn more about this program.

Edward C. Sweeney Jr. donates collection to AMA Foundation Sale

Edward C. Sweeney Jr. has been an AMA member since the 1950's. His father instilled in him a passion for model flight at a young age when they would both fly free flight and control line. His father was an aviation attorney as well as a professor at Northwestern University where he published the Journal of Air Law and Commerce. Because of his father’s knowledge and experience, the family moved to Washington D.C. by the invitation of Congress.  He was the principal author of the Aviation Act of 1948 which established the CAA (Civilian Aviation Agency) and again in 1952 which established the...

 

Edward C. Sweeney Jr. has been an AMA member since the 1950's. His father instilled in him a passion for model flight at a young age when they would both fly free flight and control line. His father was an aviation attorney as well as a professor at Northwestern University where he published the Journal of Air Law and Commerce. Because of his father’s knowledge and experience, the family moved to Washington D.C. by the invitation of Congress.  He was the principal author of the Aviation Act of 1948 which established the CAA (Civilian Aviation Agency) and again in 1952 which established the FAA (Federal Aviation Agency).

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As you can tell, flight was in Sweeney’s blood. He remembers many cross country flights with his father, also a private pilot, from Washington National Airport to Rock Island, Illinois in his Stinson Voyager. Some of the earliest R/C free flight planes Sweeney remembers flying in his youth were Harold De Bolt's Live Wire Trainers and Kitten.

“Back then, it was hard tubes and escapements,” Sweeney said. “The equipment had to be tuned up before every flight. All we had was 27.255 MHz.”

At the University of Colorado, Sweeney bought one of the early Space Control four channel proportional analogue single stick RC systems. It still had hard tubes, but now R/C flying became a real pleasure for Sweeney as the plane followed each stick movement perfectly - no more fly-aways!

Sweeney’s father encouraged him to team up with Bill Winter and acquire and publish American Modeler magazine. Under the new name American Aircraft Modeler, the magazine would include the AMA's Model Aviation supplement. The idea was to broaden AMA's exposure and increase membership.

During his fifteen years with the magazine, Sweeney tested electric flight and experimented with airplane aerodynamics by creating the RC Nobler. It was derived directly from the CL Mobler and featured coupled flaps for enhanced elevator response. He also created an early small RC helicopter by adapting Dave Grey's Whirlybird to a Veco 19 glow motor. Both of these projects were featured in the magazine.

Sweeney also pioneered the new sport of powered hang gliding by adding two 2hp Quadra motors to his Fledgling hang glider. The addition of these two motors greatly expanded the flying experience for the hang glider. The motors got bigger; the hang glider got wheels, and was heavier. Soon, the hang gliders had 10 to 15 horsepower and made rolling take offs. All of these modifications led to the beginning of the Ultralight industry. He was involved in writing the proposed FAA regulations that became Part 103. It’s significant to note the Ultralights were never called airplanes or aircraft, but rather air vehicles. This isolated these air machines from FAA requirements for registration, maintenance, medicals or certification requirements.

Today, Sweeney continues to enjoy all forms of R/C flying. After 40 years of R/C flying, he recognized it was time to diminish his large collection of airplanes, helicopters, etc. and made a donation of about 50 models to the AMA in November 2015. He drove from his home in Colorado, AEROCAR trailer packed with planes. These items from his personal collection will be sold at an upcoming sale at the Toledo Show: R/C Model Expo in Ohio. Sweeney says he has always been a proud supporter of the AMA. He was happy to donate these items (some are pictured below) from his collection to help support the AMA Foundation and the future of this hobby.

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The Toledo Show - R/C Model Expo is North America's largest and longest running radio control model expo. This three day event showcases all types of R/C models including planes, cars, and boats. Along with all the exhibitors and Saturday night auction, there is a radio control model competition, speakers, and swap shop. The show begins April 1 and will continue until April 3 at the SeaGate Centre in Toledo, Ohio.

We hope you’ll join us for the special AMA Foundation sale during the Toledo Show: R/C Model Expo. Along with Edward Sweeney’s collection, the sale will also feature models from the collections of Carl Goldberg, Don Tichenor, and Joseph Elgin. We thank these men and their families for donating the collections to make this sale possible.

Bolivar Sport Flyers Rally Around One Of Their Own

On October 10, 2015 the Bolivar Sport Flyers held a fundraiser to help the family of Adam Quennoz, club president and founding member. Several surrounding clubs joined the Missouri-based flyers at the event raising a total of $2,500.

 

On October 10, 2015 the Bolivar Sport Flyers held a fundraiser to help the family of Adam Quennoz, club president and founding member. Several surrounding clubs joined the Missouri-based flyers at the event raising a total of $2,500. Sadly, Adam was involved in a motorcycle accident where he sustained a traumatic brain injury. He is currently making progress on a long recovery process at a rehab facility in Atlanta, GA. Adam is a member of the League of Silent Flight. He has competed at NATS for the last several years flying gliders. We wish Adam a speedy recovery and quick return to flight. If interested, fellow flyers can make donations to the Quennoz family’s medical fund to defer the costs of Adam’s recovery. Adam1

Victor Valley RC Flyers

Victor Valley RC Flyers

 

Victor Valley RC Flyers

On behalf of the AMA, the Victor Valley RC Flyers have been awarded a Flying Site Development Improvement Grant worth $565.98. The Victor Valley RC Flyers are located in the High Desert of Southern California. The club has been an AMA Chartered Club for 13 years (since 2002). The Victory Valley RC Flyers have an average number of 72 members per year. Club members fly radio controlled fixed and rotary wing aircraft, gliders, and helicopters. The club’s flying site features a 50’ by 550’ asphalt runway, three sun shades, picnic tables, and relief facilities. The club underwent a construction project to improve their site. The club installed a new petromat to repair and replace the existing rotting material, a new sign was installed at the field entry due to severe weather damage, and finally the onsite weather station was replaced due to above average winds. The new improvements will allow the club to fly, have fun, and enjoy their RC model planes. Click here to learn more about the Victor Valley RC Flyers.