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Written by Randy Cameron
As seen in the November 2017 issue of
Model Aviation.

Bonus Photos

Model Aviation Magazine - AMA News District VI

The following event report comes from Rege Hall of the BlackSheep R/C Club in Danville, Indiana.

Our 2017 National Model Aviation Day event, held on August 12, 2017, to support the Hoosier Veterans Assistance Foundation (HVAF), is now in the record books. Early count for our fundraising efforts is at least what we collected last year. (The photo shows $7,500.)

Thanks to all who helped set up on Friday. The day officially started with the Danville Boy Scout Troop 301 presenting the flag as our national anthem played over the loud speakers. Models of all types and sizes were represented on the flightline for the crowds to look at. Aircraft were in the air from around 8:30 a.m. until after 6 p.m. The flight simulator tent was busy all day.


Special thanks go to all who raised money to support HVAF. Bill Clontz is certainly the master. Tom Carlyle really beat the bushes again this year for more than 60 items donated to our raffle from local businesses. Thanks also to Mark Marshall for the Tempur Sealy donation and to Tom Hatfield for the Richard Petty driving experience. There were lots of happy raffle winners. We sold more than 120 pulled-pork and pulled-chicken lunches and lots and lots of raffle tickets.

The crowd enjoyed the noon air show. A variety of aircraft was present and it was the first time many had seen actual gas turbine-powered RC models including Rege Hall’s Turbinator and Ryan Jones’ Super Viper. Faron Trosper and Harold Etling opened the noon demos with an RC skydiver.

On August 12, 2017, I was invited to attend the Control Line (CL) square dedication by the Lafayette Esquadrille CL Club secretary, Fred Cronenwett. (Fred won the CL Profile Scale Nats this year.) The CL square was reopened after resurfacing because of floodwater damage.

The club put in a lot of labor repairing the field and it looks great. The Greater St. Louis Modeling Association and an AMA Flying Site Disaster Grant helped provide funding for the repairs. I can’t wait to get back to Buder Park for the Spirit of St. Louis USA World Cup, and F2A CL FAI Speed Contest, on  October 5-6, 2017.

Also attending the event were Associate Vice President Bob Underwood and many club members. During the dedication, John Moll flew his P-3 Orion.

I also got to attend the AMA Foundation for the Future Jet Rally in Ottumwa, Iowa. The first-time event seemed to be successful. The town and airport were appreciative of the modelers.

It was great seeing many District VI members attend. Tim Townsend, Lance Campbell, Lewis Patton, Dan Landis, and Greg Alderman, to name a few, flew in the event. There were roughly a dozen other District VI members there for the show and to support the AMA Foundation. Thank you all! I hope you all had a great time.

A special thanks to Dan Bott, Joel Wilson, and AMA’s Mandee Mikulski, Crystal Pearson, and Ilona Maine for working the event and making it possible. The speed trap was especially interesting.

-Randy Cameron

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