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RICH HANSON and his seemingly
tireless workgroup are steadily working the
FAA/AMA Standards issue on a weekly
basis with numerous trips to Washington
D.C. to visit with the folks at FAA.
Progress continues to be made but that
moving target is hard to pin down, hard to
define, hard to hit, and hard to describe to
We have some very bright, talented
volunteer workers putting in thousands of
hours to develop these standards. We would
not be able to pay these fine people what
they are worth for their efforts.
By the time you read this, we will have
had a two-day face-to-face meeting with
FAA representatives at the AMA Expo in
California. Let’s hope the results of that
effort are fruitful and positive.
Stay tuned to AMA Today, Insider, and
the various columns in MA for updates. If
you know or see any of these folks, let them
know their efforts are appreciated: Rich
Hanson, Greg Hahn, Bill Pritchett, Tom
Kallavang, Mike Harrington, Gary Fogel,
Bryan Hudson, and Andy Kane.
Elections are over and Lawrence Tougas is
the new vice president for District X. He
comes with a great enthusiasm and the
confidence of his membership. I look
forward to working with him and hearing his
fresh ideas and approach.
Lawrence is an engineer with United
Airlines who has a great appreciation for the
direction and purpose of the AMA.
Unfortunately with the arrival of the new
member, we have to say farewell to a very
intense, dedicated, and motivated AMA
volunteer in Mike Brown. Mike brought his
heart and soul to the effort and will be
remembered for his enthusiasm and total
immersion in the job.
I certainly hope there is a volunteer
position somewhere for Mike to continue his
service to our great organization.
Ron Stanfield, the associate vice president
for Arkansas, sent pictures and a report of a
CL contest in El Dorado. They had 14
entries in four classes.
Ron entered and although he had not
flown his CL aircraft in more than a year, he
took third place. Ron says the weather was
nice and the club did a fine job of running
Billy Langford, club president, presents a
certificate to Ron Stanfield.
Following is a list of the ways we try to
communicate with our membership. Many
require a current e-mail address, so please
verify your e-mail address that is on file
with AMA. You could be missing out on
information about the organization because
of an old address or a typo in the one we
have on file.
1. Model Aviation, a membership
benefit, is provided monthly.
2. Sport Aviator is an online magazine
available to members and nonmembers.
This e-zine, geared toward newer RC pilots,
can be found at www.masportaviator.com.
3. Park Pilot is a quarterly publication
for all Park Pilot members and is available
4. AMA Insider is posted bimonthly on
the AMA Web site and an e-mail
notification is sent to club leaders, district
officers, Leader Members (LMs), and
subscribers. You can subscribe to the
newsletter online at www.modelaircraft.org/
5. AMA Today is e-mailed monthly to
all members with addresses on file with the
organization. This is the quickest way of
communicating updates of ongoing
programs to members.
6. NatsNews is published daily during
the Nats. It contains pictures, scores,
interviews, and coverage iof the events.
You can sign up to be notified when the
issues are posted at www.modelaircraft.org/
7. AMA hosts General Membership
Meeting(s). Bylaws require one annually,
but generally two or three are held around
8. District vice presidents (VPs),
associate vice presidents (AVPs), and LMs
are available for discussions at club
meetings or flying events and roundtable
discussions may be scheduled with the
AMA Education Outreach Specialists.
9. The AMA Forum is an online forum
available for open discussion and provides
a database of anything model aviation
related. Monitored/reviewed by the AMA
president, DVPs, AVPs, LMs, and AMA
staff, it provides members the opportunity
for discussion with other AMA members
across the USA or to ask for official
responses from the staff. Members can post
questions and responses in the forum, but it
is “read only” to nonmembers.
10. AMA’s Web Site contains all
programs, documents, staff listings, EC
meeting minutes, and a feature called “Ask
AMA” which sends a member’s question
directly to the executive director/staff for
11. Each of the 11 districts has its own
Web site to communicate directly with
district members but they are accessible by
the public as well.
Have fun and fly safely. See you on the
Jim Rice, District VIII Vice President; firstname.lastname@example.org
Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas
118 E. Wright Blvd.,
Universal City TX 78148
Tel.: (210) 213-0299
Associate Vice Presidents
Pete Boudreaux, Franklin LA;
Jack Hogan, Chandler TX;
(903) 849-4193 (Evenings)
Mark S. Johnston, Albuquerque
NM; (505) 823-0158
Jim D. Marshall, Mission TX;
Jack Matlock, Live Oak TX;
Randy Ritch, Magnolia TX;
Doug Staines, Belton TX;
Ron Stanfield, Maumelle AR;
Cliff Town, Dumas TX; (806)
Pat Willcox, Kingwood TX;
Gene Kent, Tomball TX;
David Oates, Texarkana TX;
(903) 826-7919; davidoates@
AMA Display Coordinator
David Johns, Deer Park TX;
RC Contest Coordinator
Douglas E. Powell, Wichita Falls
TX; (940) 691-8348;
CL/FF Contest Coordinator
Bill Lee, Chandler TX;
(903) 852-5599; Bill@WRee.com
District VIII Volunteers
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