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Executive Vice President
Horrace D. Cain
New Caney, Texas
Hello, AMA Members. Our interests may differ, yet you and I share a common bond, Aeromodeling. We are together in this sport-hobby whichever you prefer.
Not only is our sport changing in technology, we also face government intervention into our freedoms to perform as we desire. Our national organization, Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) needs leaders with experience, familiar with all disciplines, and not afraid to speak out for the membership. AMA Members, I can do that!
The AMA organization and individual members are my concern, not personal objectives. With so long in this activity, I wish to see it survive this active world we live in.
Modelers need flying sites. Here they should be able to feel secure, and know that once they obtain these sites, they can expect to long enjoy the fruit of their labor.
Elect Horrace D. Cain, AMA L93, New Caney, TX, to the AMA office of Executive Vice President. Then you and I together will petition AMA to ensure flying facilities exist and you’re welcome there for years.
There are many avenues to increase our publicity over the entire spectrum of Model Aviation. I will see they are brought into the work place.
AMA has now ventured into the readily available tool of a Foundation to increase AMA’s presence in the business and political worlds. I will open doors for members to enter.
O.K., who is this guy, Horrace Cain? Horrace was building models at age 6. He started with stick & tissue, spark ignition CL and some FF. At age 19 he entered USAF Aviation Cadets. Age 20, Cain was a USAF 2nd Lt. with Navigator wings. He went on and obtained Bombardier and Pilot ratings thus holding all USAF aeronautical ratings.
As a modeler, he became an AMA Contest Director, then Leader Member. After 13 years he left USAF for United Airlines. UA Captain Cain retired from UA at the then mandatory age of 60. All this time he was very active in model aviation including Free Flight, Control Line and RC competition and sport. In 1971 he opened Aero Sports, INC, a very successful hobby shop, but after seven years, he sold it out to have more time for AMA and family.
In 1972 and ’73 Cain was Manpower Director for the AMA Nats. During his airline time he served as a Contest Coordinator, then was twice elected to District VI Vice President. In 1984, he donated a large parcel of real estate to AMA.
After retirement, Cain bought 100 acres for Jetero RC Club to own a flying site. See www.jetero.com. He belongs there plus two other Charter Clubs.
I, Horrace Cain, was, am, and always will be a modeler dedicated to the sport. I believe in truth and responsibility. I don’t mince words. Changing my mind is easy when you show me a better way.
A senior officer once told me, “Horrace, you are totally ‘Mission Oriented’.” As a member elected official, I will inform you of the AMA mission as I see it, and will always seek your inputs. Your vote for H. Caine is a vote for you and AMA.
Gary Fitch, Incumbent
Franklinville, New York
Three years ago when I became EVP, my campaign statement said I would press for our right to fly without onerous government restrictions; work to reverse our declining membership, and assist our clubs in the development and preservation of our flying sites. We have made progress in each area.
• Congress passed Public Law 112-95, Section 336 protecting model aviation when operated in accordance with a community based organization’s set of safety guidelines.
• AMA’s paid memberships have increased the last three years.
• AMA Foundation formed.
• AMA’s Flying Site Grants continue to help clubs obtain and improve their flying sites.
An AMA member since 1979, I’m a Leader Member - 14 years, AVP - 7 yrs., and VP of District II - 4 yrs. As EVP I work to support the President and Council in carrying out AMA’s mission, and handle duties that the President can’t perform due to schedule conflicts.
I have a 40 year business background and understand that our organization has to be run as such. I strongly supported the hiring of our current Executive Director, which has proven to be an outstanding business decision. We have managed expenses, and increased member benefits with no membership dues increase since 2003, in spite of increasing costs for Insurance, and the overall costs of doing business today. To date we have found sources of non-dues revenue to help offset this.
The FAA’s push to regulate model aviation began my freshman year on Council in 2008. I have maintained a firm stance that all disciplines of model aviation shall be protected from onerous regulation, and I will continue to be your voice against government overreaching.
In addition to my EVP duties, my AMA work experience is:
• I chair the Marketing Committee working with our Staff. New marketing programs have been developed and we have witnessed over three years of membership growth.
• I chaired AMA’s Finance and Investment committee and provided major direction in the appointment of our new CFO last year. I continue to serve on this committee and our investments have grown from less than 6 million to about 8 million dollars.
• I chaired the CFO search committee and Council unanimously approved our selection, who is proving to be a great choice.
• I chaired an Adhoc committee the last two years which rewrote the duties and responsibilities of the Executive Council, District Vice Presidents, AVP’s, and Leader Members.
• I serve on AMA’s By-Laws; ED Review; and Nominating committees.
• I chaired the Publications Committee through Model Aviation’s full color re-launch and searchable MA archives.
• I served 4 yrs. on the Insurance Committee.
• Co-sponsored Term Limits for all elected officers.
• Sponsored VP’s determining the number of AVP’s needed in their District, instead of HQ.
• Sponsored the increase in our Large Model Aircraft I & II weight limits.
• I have FAI involvement and understand the need for competition.
As EVP, I have traveled to many of our Districts talking with our members, gaining an understanding of their ideas and needs. My vision for AMA is to develop and grow the AMA Foundation which will ultimately guarantee our future and help develop flying sites; continued growth of AMA’s membership; and continued interaction with governmental agencies. There is still much to do and I ask for your vote.
District III Vice President
(Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia)
Mark Radcliff, Incumbent
St. Marys, West Virginia
I am Mark Radcliff and I am your current District III VP. I have been involved with modeling from a young age with rubber powered free flight, u-control and RC. My enthusiasm with RC aerobatics grew and I began flying pattern competitions when I was 15. I flew on 4 US Aerobatic teams (75-77-79-81) representing the US and AMA in World Championships in Switzerland, USA, South Africa, and Mexico. Model aviation & AMA have been good to me and in 2007 I decided to give back. I got involved with AMA as an AVP for District III. I have never missed an Executive Council meeting and I know we are facing many challenges in the coming years including the ongoing AMA/FAA sUAS rules proposals that we must address to make it as safe as possible for modelers. Membership must grow to support education, competition, and other programs by reaching out to the park flyers, FPV & sUAS platforms and provide reasons for them to join AMA. I believe I have the modeling, professional, & practical background to address these and other issues. Since becoming your VP I have flown and met many of you at flying events. I am an active CD, fly pattern, IMAC, vintage pattern, scale, a member of 2 clubs, several SIGS, including NSRCA, IMAA, VR/CS, SPA, & FCM. I am also an AMA Large Model Aircraft inspector. I am very active in all forms of model aviation and believe my various competitive & non-competitive activities will translate to helping the modelers in District III being represented within AMA. I would sincerely appreciate your vote in this election.
District IV Special Election
(Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, North Carolina, and Virginia)
High Point, North Carolina
For 3 years I have served as one of your District AVPs. I worked my way up the ranks, no deals, no promises. I spent 12 years on the Board of the Central Carolina RC Modelers, 4 as President. Recently, I have performed the duties required of D-IV when our VP, Bliss Teague, became ill. In his place, I have attended many AMA Executive Council meetings representing D-IV as proxy.
Since early 2013 I have lobbied for aeromodelers in NC seeking an exemption from restrictive legislation on Unmanned Aircraft Systems. I am pleased to announce, we have just recently, obtained that exemption! As a Contest Director and Leader Member versed in Administration, Education, and Flight, I possess considerable experience in the operation of our District, the AMA and federal/state legislatures.
Many D-IV flyers know me as a life long AMA member flying at age 7. I have competed at many NATS in CL Rat Race, Speed and Team Race and in 1975 with Mike Langlois and Charles Schubert set the first speed record over 200 mph. I placed first in Civilian Sport Scale at the Toledo Hobby Show with my Beechcraft Bonanza. These days, I enjoy RC Pylon Racing, fly-ins and building scale models.
Professionally, I have been VP of Designed Data Systems Inc, a computer value added reseller; Managing Partner of an Intuit Solution Provider for Quickbooks; and CEO of an Internet Service Provider offering site hosting and web development. I am now retired.
Considering my life long association in aeromodeling, I would endeavor to provide the members of D-IV with my full time, best representation and service, both within the AMA and our relations with federal/state governments. There are many challenges ahead and I will work to make progress on these obstacles. So that I may continue these responsibilities for our aeromodeling community, I ask your support by voting for me as District IV VP.
I was selected to be Interim Vice President for District IV by Bliss Teague. His confidence and trust in me to lead the District was confirmed by the Executive Council. I will continue the tradition of great leadership working for District IV and the AMA.
My history with AMA started in 1959 with my first AMA license (5583). I still have this number today after becoming a Leader Member and Contest Director in 1972. I have served in various officer positions in local clubs and conducted training for new pilots. Writing for RC Universe, Model Aviation, and High Flight magazines I covered events like the Joe Nall, Warbirds over Delaware and product reviews.
Traveling around the District I have spoken to many modelers who expressed their concern for the hobby and our current direction. This is an opportunity to share ideas in addition to meeting some truly great people. With this information I can accurately represent your views on the issues that affect us.
These are trying times for our hobby with the latest rulings from the FAA and the upcoming NPRM. Never before have we faced such challenges requiring us to present a responsible and united response. I have had experience with Congress and the FAA on airline pilot issues. I will work with AMA leadership to resolve these problems.
We must focus on young people and protect flying sites to insure the longevity of the hobby. I always use myself as an example of where an interest in this hobby can take you. If it hadn't been for aeromodeling I never would have been an engineer, military pilot or airline captain. My interest in aviation started with models and continues today.
With your vote I will continue to represent District IV.
(Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin)
Tim Jesky, Incumbent
Dear Fellow District VII members:
Having again received the honor of being nominated to serve as AMA District VII Vice President I am seeking a second term.
As your Vice President, I believe I set a high standard of accessibility and accountability to the members of District VII. In my first term I’ve worked cooperatively with the Executive Council on many issues that affect AMA members at both the district and national level and will continue to work to ensure our rights to enjoy our hobby are maintained and not interfered with.
On the home front, I’ve attended many club events and meetings and made good on my original campaign promise to visit each state in the district. Should I be returned to office, I renew that pledge again today.
Model aviation has given me and my family so many gifts over the years that I’ll never come close to be able to repay all of them. Of those gifts, having the privilege to lead the members of this district is the highest honor of all. You the members make District VII the best that there is and I ask again for your vote and the opportunity to serve you for another three years.
I thank each and every one of you for your past and continued support.
(Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington)
One of my goals is to promote the role of mentor in our clubs. Mentors, teachers, coaches, and instructors all are important in our society. As club members and individual modelers, we can offer a lot of skills we have learned over the years. It’s not just the best pilots and builders that get the chance to inspire others to try modeling; it’s the average modeler that can make a big impact on others by sharing what we enjoy every day.
Now is the time to take a second look at club activities that can have an impact on how we are seen by our communities. The time has come when we don’t measure a community event’s success by how many new club members join our ranks, but by the good will and understanding we gain from the people in our communities. It’s time to redefine how clubs participate in our communities to promote responsible modeling.
I look forward to attending as many summer events that I can get to, and during winter time I like to visit club meetings. I’m very interested in what clubs do to attract their members to meetings. I also encourage District XI AVPs to attend meetings in their area and pass what they learn back to me.
We’re all in this together, and now more than ever we need our voices heard. I’d be honored to echo your voice in the Executive Council. Please cast your vote and show the other districts we care enough to vote.
If I’m elected to District XI Vice President, I will dedicate my energies to promoting the AMA to its members as an association committed to the betterment of all facets of model aviation.
As a model enthusiast (starting at age five), I have been actively involved in the RC hobby/sport since 1976. Starting in 1981 I had my first article published by Model Airplane News, which was presented as a plan and a cover article. Since then, I have contributed to the pages of MAN, Model Aviation, Model Builder, RC Soaring Digest, Quiet Flyer and I’m now the editor-in-chief of RC Sport Flyer magazine. As such, I have immersed myself in the RC hobby. I’ve been the contest director as a Leader Member for over 35 AMA sanctioned fun fly events and contests, including the World Soaring Jamboree.
I continue to be involved in RC airfield acquisitions, contests and club activities. I have attended all the major events throughout the USA, including Joe Nall, SEFF, Top Gun, Monster Planes as well as local events, so I understand the diversity of the hobby.
The AMA currently faces challenges with respect to airspace restrictions and guidelines from the FAA and local jurisdiction. If elected, I will contribute to the resolution of these issues by way of the AMA’s Executive Council. I will work diligently to represent the membership by attending club meetings and events, and when necessary meeting with local governing bodies on behalf of the AMA.
As members, please know, if I’m elected I will represent you as a model aviator!