[All, Dennis our District VI, AVP in Kentucky has had and email address change. He is now using firstname.lastname@example.org. Please update the website and magazine.
I hope all of you have been following the FAAs interpretation of the Special Rule for Model Aircraft. Maybe by the time you receive this, the debate will be over, but I have my doubts. There will be plenty about this in the magazine and on the website, so I will not dwell on it. I do hope everyone had a chance to go to the FAA’s website and voice an opinion about the interpretation.
June has been another busy month. My wife and I took the AMA education trailer to the Wings for Kids event in Louisville, Kentucky. I would like to thank Associate Vice President Luke Akemon for assisting in staffing the trailer.
Wings for Kids is an annual event put on by the River City Radio Control club that raises roughly $25,000 for the Kosair Children’s Hospital. Thanks to the River City Radio Control club for inviting us. We’ve had a great time there the last couple of years.
We also attended a fun-fly in Sedalia, Missouri. They have a great field on the Missouri State Fair Grounds. I got to meet and talk with many of the club members and truly enjoyed the afternoon.
The last weekend in June was spent in Kansas City, Missouri, attending the Airplanes Galore event for kids put on by the Northern Knights RC club. The members handed out coloring books and crayons, gliders donated by Hobby Town USA, and held a couple of glider contests, along with providing buddy-box flights. And what is a children’s event without a candy drop?
Great job, Northern Knights. I applaud you for your community involvement.
Reminder: The Ohio River View RC Flyers in Rosewood, Indiana, have stepped up to host the 2014 Scale Masters Championship on September 18-21.
The following was submitted by Fred Cronenwett:
We had a great CL contest the weekend of May 16-17, and flew CL Speed at Buder Park. The Lafayette Esquadrille CL club in St. Louis hosts a complete, annual Speed contest. Our CL flying site includes three circles; one is a Speed circle with a permanent fence.
There are only three sites in the country with a dedicated CL Speed circle—one at the AMA International Aeromodeling Center in Muncie, Indiana; one in Buder Park (Valley Park, Missouri); and one in South El Monte, California, at Whittier Narrows.
The F2A team that will be going to Poland in August attended the contest. The most popular event is Perky Speed, where you build the Perky model designed by Matt Kania in 1946 and install a .15-size engine. These models ranged in speed from 56.24 mph to 108.65 mph.
We had 14 entries in Perky Speed. Tim Pansic took top honors at 108.65 mph. Perky Speed also gives out an award for average speed. The goal is to have the model that has the closest speed to the average of all of the flights. Bill Hughes took that award at 83.49 mph, edging out John Moll who was at 83.10 mph.
We even had two sport jets fly, reaching 143.48 mph. The most interesting event to watch was F2A. Alex Valishev took first place at 183.2 mph. Warren Gregory had the fastest speed at the event in C Speed at 186.06 mph. Carl Dodge nearly set a new AMA 1/2A Speed record with a 140.24 mph run.
Bill Hughes preparing a Perky Speed model for flight.
Alex Valishev launching a F2A Speed model. Alex is a member of the US F2A team.
Carl Dodge with his 1/2A speed model that hit 140.24 mph
Those who competed at the contest.
Lafayette Esquadrille club members Dan McEntee, Frank Beatty and Ron Carr getting the lap times
One of the sport jets that was flown.
I would like to invite you to our CL Stunt and Scale event on September 20-21 in the St Louis area. We will be a qualifier for the National Association of Scale Aeromodelers (NASA) Scale Classic. The Greater Saint Louis Model Association will be hosting the annual GLSMA Extravaganza for RC events the same weekend so you can see both at the same park.
Happy flying and stay safe!