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DISTRICT II was fortunate to have the
talents of Doug Crawford develop our
district’s Web site and he did a terrific job.
Doug has moved to the Midwest and we
need to find a volunteer with phpBB
programming knowledge and time that he or
she can devote to maintaining and updating
our Web site. Please contact me by
telephone or E-mail if you are interested.
We are fortunate to have well-qualified
associate vice presidents (AVPs).
Unfortunately they tend to be underutilized
by many of the charter clubs throughout
the district. If you haven’t seen or spoken
with your area’s AVP in awhile, how
about giving him a call or inviting him to
attend your event or club function this
year. If possible, I’m sure they would be
happy to attend.
Our AVPs are volunteers and are a direct
link between you and AMA. Please feel free
to access this important resource. Their
contact information can be found regularly
in this column, on the District II Web site at
amaistrictii.org, or by sending me an E-mail
and I will gladly provide you with contact
Did you know that there is a wealth of
information to be found on AMA’s Web
site? Check out “Member Services” and
click on “AMA Documents (PDF).” You
will find downloadable PDF files with much
helpful information and applications for
AMA membership, event sanctions, Model
Aviation Hall of Fame, Flying Site Grants,
scholarships, and more.
Ray Juschkus is a District II AVP and a
professional photographer. He is active on
“The Island” and reported on an event held
at the Long Island Aero Radio Society
(LIARS) club of Suffolk County, New
“The LIARS annual fun-fly took place
August 25, 2007. The weather forecast was
for high heat and humidity but the fog never
lifted completely so it remained cloudy and
cool most of the day. The event was well
attended with roughly 50 fliers taking part in
the Limbo, Touch-and-Go, and The Bomb
“The CD was Rick Cascella who
provided free drinks and food for the pilots.
There were demonstrations by Rick, Tom
“Mr. Electric” Hunt, Jim Milligan, Stuart
Chale, and Britt Hubert who must have
brought 30 airplanes. Flying started at 7 a.m.
and it wound up shortly past noon when
open flying began.
“Some of the clubs with members in
attendance included the LIARS, the Silent
Electric Flyers of Long Island (SEFLI), and
the Whitman Flyers. Jim Milligan flew a
beautiful Hangar 9 P-51 Mustang with an EFlite-
powered 60 motor and Tom Hunt
impressed the crowd with his skillful flying
demonstrations. We had a great time and
everyone was glad the weatherman was
wrong for a change.”
Jim Milligan with his electric P-51.
Britt Hubert’s personal air force.
James Soque, vice president; CD Rick
Cascella; Lionel Bernstein, editor; and
Harvey Rubinstein, treasurer.
The SEFLI club came in force to the LIARS
Ray also attended the Whitman Flyers’
float-fly event and the club’s swap meet and
reported on them.
“On Sunday, June 3, the Whitman Flyers
held the club’s annual Float Fly at Lake
Ronkonkoma on Long Island. It was an
overcast day but no rain fell.
“There were 30 fliers in attendance and
John Shaud had his little kitchen set up to
feed the hungry pilots. He had coffee,
burgers, and hot dogs cooking all day. A
canoe was available to retrieve downed float
planes. Most of the models were gas
powered but the SEFLI club came with Tom
Hunt and their electrics. There were few
mishaps and everyone had a great time.”
Attendance was high at the Whitman Flyers
Until next month, keep ’em “Three in the
Gary Fitch, District II Vice President; AMADistrict2VP@hotmail.com
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Tel.: (716) 341-2813
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Ray Juschkus, St. James NY; (631)
Eric Henderson, Mount Laurel
NJ; (856) 439-6281;
Tom Murray, Basking Ridge NJ;
Ernie Nikodem, Lockport NY;
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Peter Seiffert, Baldwinsville NY;
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Edition: Model Aviation - 2008/03
Page Numbers: 169
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