If you frequently read my editorials, then you should be aware that I often solicit feedback from our readers. It’s important to me that the content of this magazine reflects the interests of the majority of our readership.
In the April issue, I asked for your opinions about the appropriate amount of editorial coverage focused on multirotor aircraft and FPV. Many of you took the time to share your thoughts with me and I greatly appreciate your feedback.
Approximately two thirds of those who contacted me expressed an interest in this emerging technology and were either already involved or looking to get started. The remaining third had little to no interest in either reading about or participating in this type of activity.
In the time since I asked for your feedback, I have attended the Toledo Expo and the Southeast Electric Flight Festival. At both events I found multirotors and FPV receiving much interest and attention. Several manufacturers and distributors again reinforced that this technology is outselling—by a wide margin—all other hobby-related products.
By the time you read this, I will have attended the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) Conference and Trade Show in Orlando, Florida. AUVSI is devoted exclusively to advancing the unmanned systems and robotics community.
It is my goal to further educate myself about this technology and its applications within our hobby and beyond. Bob Brown, Dave Mathewson, and Rich Hanson will also represent the AMA at the show.
The 2014 Indoor National Free Flight Competition will be held June 26-30, 2014, in the Kibbe Dome, a multipurpose indoor athletic stadium in Moscow, Idaho, on the campus of the University of Idaho. The Outdoor Nats, held at the International Aeromodeling Center in Muncie, Indiana, takes place from July 7 through August 7.
Nats coverage can be found by visiting www.modelaircraft.org/natsnews. NatsNews is our daily newsletter, filled with reports, photos, and scores. The event will also be featured in the November issue of MA.