BSU Visits AMA
Ball State University (BSU) students earning master’s degrees in telecommunications visited AMA Headquarters in Muncie, Indiana, in April to learn more about using sUAS for newsgathering.
Nine students from the digital storytelling class and their professor met AMA members Archie Stafford and Tim Hurley, who fly unmanned aircraft for the U.S. Navy, and watched them demonstrate the latest in multirotor technology.
Before the flight demonstration, Archie gave the students tips on how to safely fly an aircraft used for capturing photos and videos. “There’s a lot of cool uses out there for these things, but you obviously have to be safety conscious. Don’t try to push the limits,” Archie told the students.
AMA Education Director Bill Pritchett also briefly discussed the benefits of being an AMA member and gave the students copies of MA and Park Pilot, which both had feature stories about aerial photography.
The BSU students also had a chance to fly a multirotor and see the view of AMA Headquarters from the aircraft.
Busting AMA Insurance Myths, Part 2
One of the many benefits you receive with your AMA membership is insurance coverage for your modeling activities. There is much confusion and misinformation regarding this benefit. Throughout the next few months, we will address some of the commonly asked questions to help members better understand this valuable benefit.
AMA is not an insurance company and does not “write” its own policies. We purchase the various policies and ensure that AMA members receive insurance coverage through those policies. The 2014 Insurance Summary provides an outline of these insurance benefits. You can find a copy of this summary on AMA’s website at www.modelaircraft.org/files/InsuranceSummaryMembers.pdf.
Q: What insurance benefits are included with my membership?
A: Three separate insurance policies (for modeling-related incidents) are a benefit of your AMA membership.*
1) The liability policy has a $2.5 million limit and covers incidents involving property damage and bodily injury.
2) The medical policy has a $25,000 limit and covers self-inflicted, modeling-related incidents.
3) The fire, theft, and vandalism (FT&V) policy—which has a $1,000 limit—is the only one that covers model airplanes and accessories when damaged by those means.
*The Park Pilot membership includes only liability coverage for up to $500,000; it does not include the medical or FT&V policy.
You can find an insurance summary for individual members at www.modelaircraft.org/files/500-a.pdf.
Q: I just read that AMA’s insurance policies are in excess to my homeowner’s policy. Is this true? If so, why?
A: Yes, all of AMA’s policies are in addition to any other applicable insurance you have. There are several reasons why the policies are excess:
1) A homeowner’s policy specifically insures you and is designed to be primary.
2) It saves AMA and its members more than $300,000 per year in insurance costs.
Please know that if your homeowner’s policy denies a claim, the claim exceeds your policy limits, or you don’t have any other applicable coverage, your AMA insurance would come into effect.
—Safety & Member Benefits Department
An AMA Model Aviation Hall of Fame member known for his articles, columns, and plans that were published in aeromodeling magazines for more than 30 years, has died.
Stuart L. “Stu” Richmond, 85, wrote columns featured in Model Builder, RC Modeler, RC Report, and Radio Control Models magazines. He passed away April 12, 2014, at his home in Apache Junction, Arizona.
In addition to being inducted into the AMA Model Aviation Hall of Fame in 2001, Stu received the AMA Pioneers Award in 1998, and the prestigious Howard McEntee Award in 2006.
He began building model aircraft when he was a child, and as a teenager he carved three Scale identification models for aircrew training for the U.S. Navy during World War II. He continued to build and design and his PT-40 RC design won the 1989 Powered Model Airplane Kit of the Year award at the Nuremburg Toy/Hobby Fair in Germany. The aircraft was kitted by Great Planes Model Manufacturing Company and is still being built by modelers.
Stu attended the Georgia Institute of Technology, where he earned a degree in industrial management in 1951. Stu served as an armament systems officer in the U.S. Air Force from 1952 to 1954, and later created a color photo film developing business. He sold the business to a Fortune 500 company—retiring at the age of 43.
He competed in RC Pylon Racing and served as a CD for and was the secretary of the RC Association of Central Florida, served as chair of the Remote Control Association of Central Florida’s Constitution Committee, and cofounded the Fulton Flying Circus Club in Roswell, Georgia. He also took first place in the 1996 Society of Antique Modelers’ Championship in Pensacola, Florida, and became a member of the International Model Aircraft Association in 1997.
Stu is survived by two sons and seven grandchildren.
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The Bertram P. Pond Collection
Bertram “Bert” P. Pond (1901-1999) was an aeronautical engineer, Lt. Col. in the U.S. Air Force Reserves, and writer on model aircraft concerns. He wrote a self-published book titled Expansion Engine Powered Model Aircraft and authored many articles for the magazine Popular Aviation (later titled Popular Aeronautics). Bert was the owner of the Peru Model Airplane Shop in Peru, Indiana, and designed compressed-air motors for models.
The Bertram P. Pond Collection is housed in the National Model Aviation Museum. Items in the collection were donated in 1999 by Pond’s three daughters, Charlotte Pond, Lynn Pond, and Darlene Forni, and Tom Nallen, a club member who had received items from the family, and later forwarded historically significant materials to the museum.
The collection is a compendium of personal papers and photographs related to Bert’s personal writing and engine research, documentation of early model airplane meets from the 1920s and 1930s (including his participation in what is considered the first Nats, held at the National Air Races in St. Louis in 1923), and early articles from the aviation magazine Aero Digest, specifically about modeling activities.
One of the many highlights of this collection is correspondence between Bert and Orville Wright about a helicopter toy the Wright brothers received from their father that helped influence their desire to design airplanes. Also discussed in Orville’s letter is the influence of Alphonse Pénaud (1850-1880) on aviation.
Photographs from the collection were scanned along with the correspondence between Bert and Orville Wright. Some of these were added to Bert’s AMA History Project biography. You can find it listed with other biographies on the AMA website at www.modelaircraft.org/museum/whatshere/mnop.aspx.
If you would like to see the entire collection in person, please call the archivist, Jackie Shalberg, in advance at (765) 287-1256, extension 511, so that we can prepare for your visit.
Do you have a collection of items from your adventures in modeling? Would you like to donate them to the museum? Call us at (765) 287-1256. Contact Jackie Shalberg at extension 511 for paper-based or audio-visual material donations. Contact Maria VanVreede at extension 508 for objects donations including model airplanes, engines, clothing, and patches. Donation guidelines are available online at www.modelaircraft.org/museum/guide.aspx.
—Jackie Shalberg, Archivist and Asst. Historian
National Model Aviation Museum