AMA Thanks Its Lifetime Supporters
The Academy of Model Aeronautics recently welcomed Life Members Michael K. Smith, Stanton CA; Mark T. Ledford Sr., Savannah GA; Anthony Thomas, California City CA; Greg Spadolini. West Islip NY; Vincent A. Sangalli Sr., Yonkers NY; Donald L. Hulslander, Tacoma WA; John J. Lysaght, Mantua NJ; Thomas E. Essex, Manassas VA; Franklin S. Gutierrez III, Marion IA; Alan C. Brandon, Sherwood AR; William A. Davidson, Sykesville MD; Matthew D. Mezzapelle, Huntington Beach CA; Larry E. Ellis, Dearborn Heights MI; Nicholas J. Dickson, Davie FL; and Ted L. Teach, Dayton OH.
For information about becoming a Life Member, contact AMA Headquarters at (800) 435-9262.
—AMA Membership Department
AMA has been awarded a $5,000 Lightspeed Aviation Foundation Pilot’s Choice Award Grant to start a new model aviation day camp.
AMA finished fourth among 15 organizations chosen as grant finalists. The rankings were determined by online voting. The winners were announced November 1, 2014, at the Flying Aviation Expo in Palm Springs, California. AMA District X Associate Vice President Michael Lee accepted the award on behalf of the organization.
Online voting began in April and ended October 31. Grants of $2,000 to $10,000 were awarded, based on the number of votes each organization received. AMA would like to thank its members and others who voted.
The camp, which is still in the early planning stages, will held at AMA Headquarters, in Muncie, Indiana, and its curriculum will be used to build a program that other aeromodeling clubs could use.
This is the fifth year that the Lightspeed Aviation Foundation has awarded grants to support worthy aviation causes. To be nominated for this grant, an organization must be committed to growing the pilot community and using its gifts for service to others.
“Awarding these aviation charities provides the opportunity to advance their individual cause and together expand awareness and appreciation for aviation,” Allan Schrader, president of Lightspeed Aviation, said in a press release. “Since its inception, the Pilot’s Choice voting and awards have introduced us all to dozens of worthy charities and amazing people that are making a significant impact around the world.”
To learn more about the Lightspeed Aviation Foundation, visit www.lightspeedaviationfoundation.org.
2015 Nats Dates
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The Nats outdoor events will be held at AMA’s International Aeromodeling Center in Muncie, Indiana. The dates are as follows:
RC Scale Aerobatics: July 6-9
RC Pylon Racing: July 10-16
CL (Navy Carrier, Precision Aerobatics, Racing, Combat, Speed): July 13-18
RC Combat: July 13-16
RC and CL Scale: July 17-19
RC Aerobatics: July 19-24
RC Soaring: July 25-August 1
FF Outdoor: July 27-31
RC Helicopter: August 3-6
Indoor Free Flight TBD
If you have participated in the Nats within the last two years, you will receive an entry form in February. For more information or to obtain an entry form, visit www.modelaircraft.org/events or call (765) 287-1256.
2015 Club Charter Renewals
We hope everyone has a wonderful start to 2015. The beginning of a new year means the renewal season for chartered clubs is slowly starting to kick off.
The Safety and Member Benefits department will be mailing renewal documents to each club soon, and the mailing should be completed by the end of January. If you are the designated contact officer for your club, please keep an eye out for the envelope and take a moment to review all of the included information.
Club charters will not expire until March 31, 2015. However, submitting the renewal as early as possible allows us to process the club charter in a timely manner.
—Safety and Member Benefits Department
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Futaba PCM 8SGA and 8SGH
It is the start of a new year, and a chance for new technology and events to change the course of model aviation. No one knows what is going to happen, but exciting things are surely on the way.
Thirty years ago, in Model Aviation, November 1984, Futaba prophesized that its new pulse code modulation (PCM) system was the wave of the future. The PCM system contained a microprocessor that converted and sent the radio signals as binary code.
The instruction manual boasts that the Futaba Receiver FP-R118GP “is the first R/C receiver in the world to use the newest computer technology.” This allowed for many features including reduced noise and interference, fail-safe battery controls, a servo-hold function, and programmable memory for the best performance.
The museum’s collection contains both the aircraft and helicopter versions. The aircraft version was donated by Jack Frost in honor of Wayne Krenz. The helicopter version, of which we have the transmitter, receiver, tachometer sensor, and original packaging, was donated by R.F. Sholes.
What’s going to be wave of the future in 2015? We don’t have to wait too much longer to find out.