I stayed a couple of days after the summer AMA Executive Council meeting to take in a few sights at the Nats. Watching the Intermediate Pattern, flying I caught some images of Greyson Pritchett, son of AMA Education Director Bill Pritchett. Proud papa Bill called for young Greyson, who did well in this competitive Pattern event. Watch for Greyson’s name in the future as his flying career develops.
South Dakota Associate Vice President Kendall Baerg reported on this summer’s International Miniature Aerobatic Club (IMAC) activity. To my knowledge, this was the first year South Dakota has ever had two IMAC contests.
“In early July, the Dakota Thunder IMAC was held in Rapid City, South Dakota, hosted by the RC Propbusters. This event had a dozen competitors ranging from basic to intermediate. Several of us were first-time contestants and attendees. We had a great time and appreciated the help and input provided by those with more experience.
“Later in July, the Brookings Aeromates hosted its first IMAC contest. Despite some morning rain, we had a good turnout with six competitors ranging from basic to sportsman, again including some who were participating in their first IMAC contest.
“The scores were very close at both events, but more important, everyone enjoyed the camaraderie and receiving advice to improve their skills for our next events. Hopefully our numbers will continue to grow this year and next.”
The Max-Out, newsletter of the Magnificent Mountain Men (MMM) in Colorado reported the results of the 35th Annual 14 Rounder FAI Contest.
This year’s contest was two seven-round events over two days. One highlight was the performance of Jace Pivonka. In only his second competition, he managed perfect scores—only the eighth competitor to do so in 35 years.
Patrick Redetzke of the Model Association of Central Kansas (MACK), reports the untimely death of Roger Brining on June 8, 2014. Roger was a founding member of the MACK. He was not only an avid pilot, but also a respected member of the community, an Air Force veteran, a farmer, and a father. For a more in-depth tribute see the club’s website at http://mackrc.net.
The Arvada Associated Modelers (AAM) paid tribute to long-time member and former AMA Vice President Jim Wallen at a memorial fun-fly on August 2, 2014.
AMA Executive Vice President Gary Fitch and Travis McGinnis spoke about Jim’s many contributions to AAM and the AMA. Gary Fitch presented Susan Wallen and her family with the AMA President’s Award. The President’s Award is the highest honor a member can receive.[dingbat]
Jace Pivonka holds his F1B Centennial Cup at the MMM 14 Rounder meet in Colorado.
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Susan Wallen with the AMA President’s Award presented by AMA Executive Vice President Gary Fitch and District VIII Vice President Mark Johnston.
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AMA Director of Education Bill Pritchett calls for his son Greyson at the 2014 Nats Pattern event.
Judges and scribes at the 2014 Dakota Thunder IMAC event included Mark Sieman, Doc McGuigan, Kendall Baerg, and Clancy Kingsbury.
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