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  • 20 Jul 2017 8:39 PM | Daren (Administrator)

    Host Club: Skystreakers AMA 1165, New Gloucester, ME
    Sponsor: Ray Labonte, Ray and Robbins Hobby Center, AMA AVP, ME
    CD: Tom Chabot
    Scoring and a lot more!: Carissa Parent

    What can I say? A wonderful event with a great sponsor, fantastic organizers/ CD, beautiful facility and exemplary AMA host club.

    The EVENT: This was the 22nd Annual Maine IMAC Challenge. 22 years run by the same CD and scorer, sponsored by the same sponsor and held at the same field. The longest running IMAC event in New England lived up to it's reputation as a well organized, welcoming, enjoyable event. What a pleasure to be a participant for my first but certainly not my last time. Participants (including several Skystreaker members), callers, family members came from throughout New England, New York, Pennsylvania and friends from the north from Montreal and Quebec, Canada. All here sharing the love of model aviation and scale aerobatics.

    The CLUB: Skystreakers RC Club. A sign greets you at the main road and for this weekend a sandwich board highlighting the IMAC event. You drive in about a mile on a dirt road and come out to a 160 Acre oasis in the Maine woods. A prominent sign reads "Welcome Skystreakers Model Aerodrome AMA 1165". A large area for RVs and camping, a huge wide grass runway and a paved runway atop a gentle hilltop with clear flying airspace. Welcome is an understatement as the participants never feel anything but welcome from officers and members alike who have "given up" their terrific facility for 3 days to the IMAC competitors. I was surprised at the number of spectators who also make the trek through the woods on a dirt road to see the action at the field. Each one was glad they came in to see what was up. Throughout the weekend as I spoke with VP Ed Alonso, Secretary, Dave Field and Field Marshall, Dave Snowman ( I understand club Pres. Joe Pobe was present but we never had a chance to speak Joe, sorry) and members of the Skytreakers it was clear that these folks are (rightfully) very proud of their club which has been on this site since the 60s. I had the pleasure to meet the land owners who are very engaged in and support the club. It was great to see them enjoying a burger and drink under the professionally constructed shade structure as we competed. In addition the members and officers wanted to highlight their latest investment, an expansive solar powered charging station (see photos) attached to one of two large storage containers. This club has been operating successfully with a working relationship of land owners as well as the added challenge of being located under the approach to Auburn-Lewiston Municipal Airport. Through effective communications within the club, during pilot meetings each day at events, in the pits and on the flight line several full scale traffic situations were handled as professionally and as safely as I've experienced. As a commercial pilot and an officer at Plum Island Airport RC Flyers, an active club at a full scale airport I was very proud and impressed at the Skystreaker's operational performance. Well done!

    In closing, special thanks to Tom Chabot, Carissa Parent, Ray Labonte, the Skystreakers RC Club and all my fellow participants for a truly wonderful modeling experience. As one of your Associate Vice Presidents for District 1 you all exemplify the mission of AMA and our Community Based Organization. Operating safely, cooperating with land owners, safely handling full scale aircraft interaction, supporting SIGs (Special Interest Groups) within AMA, welcoming modelers and spectators alike. You've got it all! Keep up the great work.


    Daren Hudson, District 1 AVP, NH, MA

    ps. I'll be adding video clips to the comments section. Please share, add any of your photos and comments.
  • 30 Jun 2017 10:11 PM | Steven

    It seems that turbine jets are becoming more popular and affordable to modelers that want to cross over to the truly Fun side. However if you are planning to make that leap then you should know that there are certain rules and regulations that are required to operate a turbine safely. They are much more responsive and things happen quicker than most prop planes so you really have to be on your game. There is a list of SAFETY REGULATIONS FOR MODEL AIRCRAFT

    POWERED BY GAS TURBINES that you must know and demonstrate before you are allowed to fly at any AMA Club. You must take pass a flight test and understand the operation of turbines and safety procedures to obtain a turbine waiver. 

    The safety of spectators and yourself is paramount above everything. Turbines are a lot of fun but also can be quite dangerous if protocol is not followed! Reach out to a fellow turbine pilot that yo may know and ask for assistance. I guarantee that they will be more than happy to help you out. Here is the Regulation http://www.modelaircraft.org/files/510-a.pdf

    It's All About The Hobby!

  • 24 Jun 2017 4:52 PM | Steven

    Good Day Felllow AMA Members,

    Today I was fortunate enough to attend an estate sale for the late Barry Schubert (former AMA D-1 Contest Coordinator) in Westport MA and all i can say emphatically is WOW!!!!!

    I must say that I've never been to Westport MA and frankly didn't even know where it was. Being from MA I thought I knew every town in MA (or most) lol. This town is a hidden gem on the border of Tiverton RI. It was one of the most beautiful parts of MA that I've ever seen! It was an ocean side community surrounded by farms and ocean! When I was driving there I thought my GPS had me lost with all the winding turns and rural areas. I almost turned around after driving an hour and a half from Salem, MA! I knew that I had arrived when I saw all the cars parked along the road.

    I walked down a long driveway and I could see a couple of pop ups with items on them. As I was walking I became disappointed thinking that I drove all that way to look at two tables full of trinkets. Boy was I WRONG!!! As I got closer my eyes lit up with amazement and surprise. I thought that this was a flea marked for RC items and people trying to sell their items. When I got closer to the "hanger" (and it was big enough to be one) my jaw dropped to the floor. I sounded like Jackie Gleason from the Honey Mooners for those of you old enough to know what I'm talking about! LOL. WOW!! isn't a big enough statement to the amazement! I don't think that I've ever been in hobby shops with as much stuff that Mr. Schubert amassed over the years!

    I didn't know Barry Schubert but he must have been a wonderful human being for his friends to catalog literally thousands of items that all belonged to Barry Schubert! He collected everything from A to Z and I'm not exaggerating! There were all kinds of airplanes from every era. He even had a few Jets in his collection. (Didn't see any turbine engines cause I would have been on that) lol.... He collected cars, boats, kits, arfs, electronics, servos! You name it if you needed it it was there!. I couldn't help myself but to drop a "few" dollars myself. I got some servos, wires, and miscellaneous items. Let's just say I spend my lunch money! LOL

    I was really so overwhelmed with this collection that I didn't really get to see everything in this collection. The members of the club were friendly and accommodating. The proceeds from this sale will all go to the family of Mr. Schubert. His friends had nothing but nice things to say about Barry Schubert and his collection. One member told me that if he needed a part for anything that Barry would have it for sure and I believe it!

    This hobby is a wonderful thing that we have and it brings people together no matter what the situation. In this case it was bitter sweet closure for Barry Schubert's family. They know that everything that Barry Schubert did in this hobby was for the betterment of the hobby! Everything collected will be recycled to people like me and others that have the same passion for the hobby as Barry Schubert.  As we say up north. "It's all about the hobby"!

    Again, I didn't know Barry Schubert but somehow I feel that he's smiling down knowing that his collection is not going by the wayside and will make some lucky folks extremely happy. Hopefully a plane or two will end up with a inquisitive young person and take them to heights only in dreams!

    It was a pleasure meeting all of the good folks of Westport and God Bless you for taking care of your friend Barry Schubert and his family.  Mostly God Bless Barry Schubert for his Love of the Hobby!  (Photos in my gallery but don't give a real clue of what was there)

    Thank you,



  • 15 Jun 2017 9:34 AM | Andrew (Administrator)

    As you may know, a bipartisan group of United States Senators has introduced legislation known as the “Drone Federalism Act” that would give state and local governments some authority to restrict drone and model aircraft flights under 200 feet.

         If enacted, this proposal could make life more complicated for our members, leading to a patchwork of confusing and restrictive state and local laws. We take this proposal very seriously and are actively working to counter it.

         AMA, along with 13 other organizations, sent a letter to members of Congress urging them not to pass legislation relating to the governance of the national airspace until the FAA’s Drone Advisory Committee (DAC) has reached consensus recommendations on the proper role of state and local governments. AMA is a member of the DAC and an integral part of this collaborative effort to provide guidance to the federal government on state and local authority.

         In addition to the letter, AMA is also meeting directly with members of Congress and their staffs to express our concerns about the pending federal legislation. Our hope is that Congress will table the bill and defer to the consensus recommendations of model aviation and drone industry stakeholders who have been working collaboratively on this issue for some time.

    The following ling is to  a copy of the letter for you to read and we will keep you updated if anything progresses. As always, we want to extend our appreciation to all members for your continued support.


  • 01 Jun 2017 10:42 PM | Steven

    This past week ( Memorial Day Week )  I had the pleasure to attend First In Flight Jet Rally in Wilson North Carolina. This was my second time participating in this event and I must say that it is a classy well organized Jet event! The event is coordinated by Mr. Larry Lewis and hosted at the Wilson Industrial Air Center Airport · Wilson, NC. A big thanks to Larry Lewis and his crew of volunteers! Also thanks to the City of Wilson for hosting this great event! Although the weather was a little iffy on Wednesday and Thursday it turned out to be a fabulous week of flying and fellowship!

    This event had some of the best RC Jet pilots in this country flying some of the most beautiful scale and non-scale jets that you've ever seen! Mr. Frank Alverez brought with him his beautiful Skymaster BAE Hawk and his Swedish Saab 35 Draken. The Saab 35 Draken was a Swedish fighter aircraft manufactured by Saab between 1955 and 1974. Photos in my gallery.

    District 1 was also well represented with myself (Steven Goler), John and Michelle Almeida, and Larry Roper of Boomerang RC Jets. (http://www.boomerang-rc-jets.com/ ) Larry flew a prototype airplane that is called the Baby Turbinator. If flew with a Swiwin 60 that puts out 14 lbs of thrust and moved this plane very fast!! Photos in my gallery also.

    We saw Jim Brown with his Nicely painted T-ONE Models jet and it flew great. Jim is from Canada and makes it to almost every big jet event in the USA from East Coast to West Coast! Jim is always accompanied by his lovely wife Ann. In this hobby you get to meet people from literally all over the world sometimes!

    Well as the week ended and I was on my way home it was nice to see a bridge in Connecticut all lit up in Red, White, and Blue to Honor those that made the ultimate Sacrificed to this Nation! Humbling and gave me goosebumps!

    Time to recharge the batteries and get ready for our own Jet Rally at Plum Island Airport RC Club AMA # 5198. This event will be held June 14th thru the 18th. Father's Day week at Plum Island Airport. This is a great event that is not as busy as some of the bigger venues but we still draw a decent amount of pilots from the East Coast! If you are not doing anything any of those days come on up and enjoy the smell of kero burning from our mini turbines and watch some of great flying!

    It's All About The Hobby!!

  • 30 Apr 2017 8:05 PM | Steven

    Hello AMA Members All Over,

    Larry Roper of Boomerang RC Jets and myself (Steven Goler District 1 AVP) were invited to visit District 4 Eastern Shore Aeromodelers Club ( http://esacclub.org/ ) for a introduction to RC Turbine Jets to club members and spectators. Larry Roper was invited by D4 Club members Dennis Blades and Tom Perkin. They are two of four members of the club that are currently fling turbine jets at there. Tom was able to obtain his turbine waiver this weekend demonstrating the necessary skill requirements to earn his waiver according to AMA guidelines. Congratulations to Tom Perkin! Special thanks to Dennis Blade for setting this whole thing up with Larry Roper! I was there in two capacities, District 1 AVP and Boomerang RC Jet Rep.

    The Eastern Shore Aeromodelers Club has one of the most attractive and inviting flying fields that I have ever seen. The sky was wide open and the runway was as smooth as a putting green! They had a good turn out for the event and the members were welcoming and very friendly. I can't say enough about the hospitality they showed us. The atmosphere was relaxing and it felt like a home away from home with much better weather!! lol

    I was able to set up my Boomerang XL turbine jet on a buddy box and let some of the members see what it felt like to fly a turbine. Needless to say they were extremely excited and found it not to be as intimidating as the sound of the turbine. The highlight of my training was when a young member of the club named Noah got the chance to take the buddy box sticks and fly around. To tell you the truth I was a bit nervous because I had never seen any of these guys fly but let me tell you Noah took to that jet as if he's flown them before. I guess it's because these millennial's were born with joy sticks in their hands! LOL Larry Roper set up his buddy box also and took up some of the members with his Boomerang Elan. The Elan is just a little smaller than the XL but both fly very easy.

    While lunch was cooking I asked permission to fly my Chroma (drone) and let some of the spectators and members try it out. Some of the people that never tried one before were a bit intimidated but I assured them that they couldn't crash that particular drone if they tried. They loved it and they couldn't believe that they could view what the camera was showing directly to the transmitter in their hand. I was able to take a small video of the field and layout so that you can see how awesome that the Eastern Shore Aeromodelers Club is to fly at! Here is just a little video of the field and some of the members. Hope you like it because I had the time of my life!!!  A Big thanks to the Eastern Shore Aeromodelers Club Dennis Blades,Tom Perkin, and club President Jack Upchurch and all their members! 

    It's All About The Hobby!!!!   (Photos to follow)

    Admin note- See some of Steve's photos at the MA Photo/ Slideshow page.

    and at the District 1 Facebook Page.

    Great aerial video of the flying site:


  • 26 Apr 2017 9:22 AM | Daren (Administrator)

    AMA Government Affairs has been working on Op Ed pieces to send to various markets throughout the country this spring as the flying season begins. 

    From the Concord Monitor, Concord, NH April 26, 2017:


    The intent is to shed a positive light on the importance of our Community Based Organization- AMA Safety Code and our stellar record.  By highlighting key points and referencing local modelers who are members of the community (voting residents) the hope is to raise awareness and gain positive traction as the federal government reviews the special rule for model aviation later this year.  The special rule (commonly referred to as 336) is what identifies AMA as a Community Based Organization and allows us to operate within our safety code and beyond the more restrictive "recommended" practices put forth by the FAA.  The often misquoted and misunderstood "400 foot rule" for instance.  Please enjoy your season of flying but also keep in mind to be welcoming, informative and positive in sharing this great hobby.  Help us put the "Community" back in "Community Based Organization".  Fly safe, Fly often and Have Fun!


    Daren Hudson

    District 1 AVP

  • 21 Apr 2017 3:08 PM | Daren (Administrator)

    We have provided several FREE methods for you to increase the exposure for your event.  Follow the instructions below to utilize one or more of the following options.

    POSTER SLIDE SHOW on the website HOME page- can be viewed on the Home page or "enlarged" for easier viewing:

         *Create a Photo Image "poster". Put as much information as you like on it.

    * Remember less is more and limiting to most important information will limit cluttering.

                 Easy to create on MS Word and save as jpeg! (need some help, let us know).

                 Note that it must be a photo image, type: jpeg, png, gif or tif.

         *Navigate to the Home Page- click on "UPLOAD"

         *Select Browse and find your saved "poster"

         *Click Upload and wait.  Photo image will be loaded in the folder and on the slide show in a moment or two. 

         *When uploaded you may add captions to the photo.

         *Done!  Image can be selected from the folder, saved, emailed or printed. To spread the word for all clubs when sharing information share the link to this website too.

    * We kindly ask that when your event is over please go back into "upload" and delete your poster/flyer so you don't get inadvertent calls.  Thanks


          *Create a Facebook Event on your FB page and include it as an Inserted link on the OPEN FORUM topic: "EVENTS! EVENTS! POST YOUR EVENT..."

    (To insert a link: click on the chain symbol above right in the text box)

    When you include a photo we will hyper link your photo/ flyer/ poster as a link to the Facebook Event.

          *Please "Share" your Facebook event at the District 1 Facebook Page


          *Post your event information on this topic of our "OPEN FORUM" - 


         *Please try to use the following guidelines when listing your event information.  Keep in mind the Poster option above allows you to do whatever you want on the Poster/ Flyer and add captions!

    Please keep the listings limited to:

    Event Name




    Sponsoring Club (s)

    Description (limit to 200 characters)

    Links to your website listing, Facebook page, etc. 

    Photo or Poster which will be linked to the location of your choice (please provide link)

    Please look through existing events for ideas.

    Thanks for taking advantage of this free service provide to you by your District 1 Team.  The more we can share the great events taking place the more the entire District 1 (and beyond) community can benefit.  Looking forward to seeing and meeting many new faces at these events.

    Your District 1 Team

  • 17 Apr 2017 11:15 PM | Daren (Administrator)

    "Open Club", "Closed Club", "Restricted Club"? Whatever you choose please let's all be "WELCOMING CLUBS"

    "We don't want that kind of flying here because :..." "Those darn (fill in the blank with undesirable discipline) are ruining the hobby", "You can't fly that here", "No way man, no (fill in blank)"- Any of these sound familiar? Heard some form of them? Said or inferred any form of them?  We're all probably guilty at one time or another.  I feel the worst situation is a member comes to fly, they see someone flying the "undesirable discipline", don't say a word to anyone and leave.  Fast forward to next meeting or another day at the field with the other "undesirable discipline" flyer not present and the trash talk begins!  Problem?- NO communication between the original two pilots, could be as simple as "Hi, I'm uncomfortable flying while you are flying that discipline or in that way, mind if I fly alone?" Likely response- "No problem I can take a break"- End of problem.  But in my scenario we have, through rumor and innuendo and lack of good communication created a cancer in the club.


    "AMA is trying to make us all be open to flying all disciplines, supporting all this (fill in the blank)!"


    FACT- AMA is asking clubs to give us accurate information about their particular desires for operations.  What disciplines do you welcome and more importantly what would you rather not see.  (you may have a good reason or not, that's your club's business).  What we don't want is to send an interested and unsuspecting modeler to your club and have them turned away as in the examples above, leaving a bad taste not only for you and your club but for the hobby and all AMA chartered clubs- not good!  If a modeler with a discipline you would rather not see or spectator wanders in to your club field :

    PLEASE "DO"- politely welcome them and even thank them for showing interest and  (in the case of a modeler) explain your club's position and put the individual in touch with a another club in your area who supports the discipline, a District AVP or  District VP,  (all "Contacts" available at this website) so they can find a match to enjoy the hobby (and its many forms) that we all enjoy.

    PLEASE "DON'T"- brush them off, scare them off or be rude.  It took courage to just walk up to your club field knowing no one.  They are there because they are interested in this hobby (and it's many forms) and show an interest in your club.  You have no idea what skill sets this individual could offer your club.

    So, "Open Club", "Closed Club", "Restricted Club"? 

    Whatever you choose please

    let's all be "WELCOMING CLUBS"

    Daren Hudson, District 1 AVP

    Last modified: 13 Mar 2017 12:07 PM | Daren Hudson

  • 17 Apr 2017 8:40 AM | Daren (Administrator)

    Here are several programs that you may not be familiar with provided by AMA for your clubs or members.  When reviewing the requirements many clubs find that they are all ready doing what is necessary to receive Monetary Awards and Recognition.  Check them out.

    AMA Club Recognition Program

    Leader Club Application

    Leader Member Application

    Intro Pilot Program

    Takeoff And Grow TAG Program

    Sign 3 and Fly Free Program

    Contest Director and Event Manager Application (online!)

    AMA News you can use Application Deadlines

    For more programs and information visit AMA website or directly to the AMA Documents Page

    We also have a Most Used and Accessed Documents Page on this District 1 Website for your convenience.


    The District 1 Team

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