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Posted by RustyK | Nov 08, 2017 @ 11:23 AM | 665 Views

The AMA is participating in #GivingTuesday on November 28 to help us hit our 2017 fundraising goal of $225,000.

#GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving.

Why should you give? Because model flying is what you love, and we love to help you fly. AMA’s team works on behalf of members everyday by providing membership services, working with the FAA and in DC, engaging youth and building educational programs using model aviation, building partnerships to enhance the hobby, and much more.

This year, we will go live on Facebook each hour throughout the day to introduce our staff members and raise money for the AMA Foundation. Each hour will feature staff members who have all stepped up to go live to share what their piece of the pie is at AMA and if $300 is raised during their hour, take a pie to the face. Help us raise $2,000 to see AMA Executive Director Dave Mathewson and AMA Staff Director Joyce Hager take a pie to the face. If we hit $2,500 participating members of the Executive Council will take a pie, and if our ultimate goal of $3,000 is reached, AMA President Rich Hanson will take a pie at 4 p.m Eastern Standard Time.

We will be posting live on our social media pages and engaging our members all day. This is your chance to meet AMA staff members and give back.

Then, join us at 2 p.m. (EST) on Wednesday, November for 29 for our recap show, Leftovers, where we’ll announce the total raised.

Join in the fun and make a tax-deductible donation!
Posted by RustyK | Aug 20, 2017 @ 02:09 PM | 1,555 Views
I have a Balsa Products Boeing F4B-2 done in navy colors. I'm glad I bought two kits as it is no longer in production. I've just started the second one and it will be the US Army P-12. They were basically the same airplane. I have an OS 160 Twin it the Navy version. Flys very realistic.
Posted by RustyK | Aug 12, 2017 @ 03:59 PM | 1,542 Views
From the AMA website,

Finding the Right Safety Coordinator
You know your club members better than we do, so you could already have a perfect person in mind, but just in case you are on the fence, here are some suggested skills that you might want to consider in finding the best person for the job.

Your safety coordinator should be a person who will mentor, serve as a role model and educator, and a promoter of safety awareness. He or she should also have the ability to assist in the development of club activities from a safety aspect and provide support in running such activities. It is important to remember that the safety coordinator is not the “club field police officer.” Rather, he or she is the person who displays a positive attitude and willingness to teach others regarding to safety at the club field.

Role Model: Your safety coordinator should be knowledgeable about our hobby, maintain high standards, and display a positive attitude when dealing with safety issues. If you lead, they will follow. This statement pretty well sums up how the safety coordinator can affect the club. A good leader, with a positive attitude who knows the ins and outs of the club rules and bylaws, will assist in club members gaining trust and respect for the safety coordinator. In turn, club members will have an encouraging resource to turn to with any safety issues that might arise.

Educator: Education, education, education! We can’t say this enough. Many accidents and...Continue Reading
Posted by RustyK | Jul 28, 2017 @ 06:51 PM | 1,628 Views
This is pretty good. I remember having one of the first Futaba Computer radios. While trying to learn it you had all that beeping happening each time you touched a button. My wife got tired of hearing and said if it beeps one more time I'm going throw it right out the front door.
Posted by RustyK | Jul 25, 2017 @ 06:34 AM | 2,231 Views
Posted by RustyK | Jul 13, 2017 @ 10:51 PM | 2,770 Views
The Intro pilot program is a really good way to introduce people to model aviation.
Give it a try.
Posted by RustyK | Jul 12, 2017 @ 11:01 PM | 5,392 Views
spent day in the heat. Too tired to put together a POST
Posted by RustyK | Jul 11, 2017 @ 12:33 PM | 15,418 Views
AMA has added a new feature to its event calendar—the ability to search events by district. This is very beneficial to AMA leaders developing a schedule of events to visit throughout the year and is a great way for members to search events close-by.

There are a total of 11 AMA districts in the United States. Each is represented on the Executive Council by a Vice-President. The Executive Council also has a Vice-President, President, and a Chief Financial Officer. Each Vice President has several Associate Vice Presidents that help them to support the district. Click here to learn more about AMA’s organizational structure.

When building your summer schedule consider searching by district to visit events outside your state but still near you.

To start searching, visit our event calendar:
Posted by RustyK | Jul 05, 2017 @ 04:17 PM | 2,249 Views
New Florida Law Prohibits Local Governments from Regulating UAS.
We wanted to share some good news about a new Florida law that went into effect on July 1, 2017, the “Unmanned Aircraft Systems Act.” The state law prohibits local governments from regulating drone and model aircraft operations in Florida, protecting those flying safely and within the bounds of the law from unnecessary and burdensome local regulations. It does allow local governments to enact or enforce local ordinances relating to illegal acts, such as voyeurism, property damage and harassment, arising from the use of drones and model aircraft.

While this law is not perfect, it is helpful in protecting our longstanding hobby from the increasing number of restrictive ordinances we’re seeing proposed by local governments. As we have fought diligently against many harmful pieces of local legislation across the state, this is good news for hobbyists operating in Florida and an example for other states. We will continue to work with local and state legislators, including those in Florida, to educate them on AMA’s history of safe, responsible flight.

Click here to read the complete bill, or a summary of the bill can be read at the following link.

We want to extend our appreciation to all members for your continued support. .

Kind regards,
AMA Government Affairs Team
Posted by RustyK | Jul 03, 2017 @ 10:39 PM | 2,310 Views
Enjoy the day
Posted by RustyK | Jul 03, 2017 @ 01:01 PM | 2,306 Views
Keeping yourself updated on AMA activities and news is easy. AMA has a whole series of E- newsletters that you can subscribe to. Click this link and it will take you to a host of newsletters.

There is also the AMA website at the top of the Home page are the links to all the AMA social media links.

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AVP District IV
Posted by RustyK | Jul 02, 2017 @ 06:16 PM | 2,191 Views
Hi All,

I'm RustyK and I'm an AMA AVP for District IV before that I was the AMA Leader Member Coordinator for five years.


Who am I? Simply put I am a Modeler, who enjoys building and flying model airplanes. I fly sport RC and a little control line. In the early 60s my Dad taught me to build and fly 1/2a CL. All little story here. My Dad had a great shop and cleared an area for me to build. He gave me a Xato knife and said be careful don't cut yourself. Too late I was already bleeding. Fortunately my Mother was a RN, she patched me up and sent me back to Dad.

I'm a AMA Life Member and an AMA Life Museum Partner and Local Club President

The purpose of the BLOG is to answer AMA questions and/or point you in the right direction and try to post AMA info you might find useful

This BLOG is not for moaning and groaning. Plenty of forums to post that sort of stuff.
Posted by RustyK | Jun 30, 2017 @ 05:14 PM | 3,053 Views
A great way to showcase Model Aviation having a National Model Aviation Day

Things to consider

Your club can hold NMAD any day it wants. Some clubs wait until cooler weather

Registration is free and you DO NOT need to sanction your event.

You can support any organization you want. My club has a big picnic and everyone is welcome. We eat and fly all day. Basically it is a community event. No cost to anyone.

Registration gives access to NMAD material.

Any questions just ask

Rusty K
AMA L716
AVP District IV