[Pull quote: “Members of the publications staff went out on-site every day during nearly five weeks of events to take photos, deliver NatsNews, and catch up with friends we only get to see once a year.”]
[Headline: The 2014 Nats combined camaraderie and competition]
The AMA National Aeromodeling Championships celebrated its 88th year this summer. The Indoor portion was held at the Kibbie Dome at the University of Idaho. I had hoped it would again take place at the University of Illinois Track and Field Armory in Champaign, Illinois, so that I would be able to attend and compete as I did last year.
AMA and the International Aeromodeling Center again hosted the Outdoor Nats in Muncie, Indiana. Competitors were greeted with cooler-than-normal temperatures, which many in attendance seemed to appreciate after making adjustments to their wardrobe to keep warm.
Members of the publications staff went out on-site every day during nearly five weeks of events to take photos, deliver NatsNews, and catch up with friends we only get to see once a year. As in previous years, our authors, contributors, and publications staff worked together on the NatsNews daily newsletter to share the highlights of competition with those who attended and others following the action from home. It you haven’t already seen it, I recommend taking a look at the NatsNews coverage for the events and disciplines that interest you at www.modelaircraft.org/events/nats/natsnews.aspx.
The challenging part of covering the Nats for the magazine is trying to provide an overview of an event that lasts more than 30 days. In this issue we have dedicated 10 pages of coverage and focused on two main questions that were asked of competitors from the various disciplines: What was a highlight of this year’s event? and Why would you recommend someone attend the Nats next year?
Turn to page xx to find out their answers and to learn more about this annual event that promotes comradery and friendly competition.
The “About Us” feature I created for MA pairs two things I believe most readers will appreciate: finding out more about hobby related companies, and the people behind them, and winning free products!
Ram Products was featured in our March issue, and I am happy to share the story of Precision Aerobatics with you in this issue. So before you use the magazine as a place to mix epoxy or to help level your building table, be sure to enter for your chance to win a PA Extra MX ARF!