District News Blog – AMA District Officers, Clubs and Members updating and sharing the latest news relating to aeromodelling activities, events, issues and concerns:

  • 11 Nov 2017 2:53 PM | Daren (Administrator)

    Plum Island Airport RC Flyers AMA 5198 serves as an example of one success story in District 1.  There are more in the region and we are asking you to share them here By “add comments” to this blog.  Sharing the successes and learning from them will go far to help more clubs in New England and beyond secure and preserve flying sites.

    Continued brush clearing maintenance at Plum Island shows how working with land managers, and AMA created and preserves a superb flying venue to serve the community, modeling and aviation. New President of Plum Island Airport RC Flyers Club, Larry Roper was on scene as the clearing of over-grown brush adjacent to the runway took place. The club was awarded an AMA flying site grant 2 years ago for initial clearing. That effort included volunteers from our club, other area clubs and MA Boy Scout Troop 44 (you may remember them from our Aviation Appreciation Day- Plum Island Aviation Appreciation Day for Scouts 2016) all coordinated through the Historic Plum Island Airport management.

    With the help of a hired machine and operator we hope to keep the area from the wind sock to the runway more manageable with a mower. This will serve the many full scale users of the historic airport as well as the many modelers who visit Plum Island to fly in our events annually.  As Larry reminds us in this video, community and land owner relations is key to retaining quality flying sites. Part of that is community outreach and capital improvements that benefit all stakeholders. Remember that AMA has flying site resources including: pdf and video series on acquiring and keeping sites, grant program to financially assist clubs who qualify and testimonials such as this about success stories. 

     AMA Flying Site Assistance 

    Larry provides a video of the work taking place at Plum Island which is good reminder for us all.

    Please post your stories, questions and “add comments” to this blog.

    Thank you and happy flying,

    Daren Hudson

    District 1 AVP

  • 06 Nov 2017 7:57 PM | Daren (Administrator)

    On October 21st, 2017 District 1 was well represented by several clubs, members and district officers at our 2nd year attending this multi aviation user event put on by the Granite State Airport Managers Association, GSAMA to raise funds for their STEM and scholarship programs.  This year we added to our successful static and simulator displays with Giant Scale Aerobatics and Turbine Jet flight demonstrations. I want to thank the GSAMA and in particular Rita Hunt and the organizing committee for allowing us to expand our exposure this year, we really enjoyed putting on a show for you.  Rita and I have worked together for more than 2 years now supporting both aviation and model aviation in NH and beyond.  Her enthusiasm for the positive impact modeling can have on aviation as a whole is much appreciated.  As you will see in the pictures and the video clips (see comment section for videos please) young and old alike were introduced to some model flying that they had never seen before while getting the opportunity to give it a try on the simulator and realize its a little harder than it looks!  Hundreds of spectators and exhibitors were able to get up close and personal with the static displays and the demonstration pilots from 9am-2pm on a beautiful fall New England day.  From all reports and feedback the demonstration flights and the simulator and static displays were a huge success and GSAMA would like us back again next year.  We look forward to it and are all ready thinking how we can make it even better.

    Of course this type of event cannot happen without volunteers and modelers willing to pay it forward and pay it back.  We are so fortunate to have such a talented and giving community in New England and I am grateful to those who help me and the other D1 officers spread the good word about modeling and support aviation through our great hobby.

    As CD for the event I would like to personally thank the following modelers for their support and help.  Everyone involved in events such as these are true ambassadors for the hobby, AMA and aviation.

    Your Flight Demonstration Pilots:
    Cody Wojcik, Tyler McCormack- Giant Scale Aerobatics and Extreme Aerobatics
    Jeff Lynds- Scale Turbine Jet Demonstration
    Larry Roper- Sport Turbine Jet Demonstration (unfortunately Larry had technical issues and was unable to fly but he was ready to go, mechanical failures do happen). Thank you Larry for jumping in on the mic to narrate when I took the standby demonstration slot.
    Daren Hudson- Sport Turbine Jet Demonstration
    John Yassemedis- District 1 Technical Officer and Part 107 Drone pilot- Commercial Drone Demonstration and airborne videography.

    Your Flight Demonstration spotters:
    Ted Wojcik, District 1 AVP NH spotting for Cody, Scott McCormack spotting for Tyler, Mike Terocy spotting for Jeff, Andy Argenio, District 1 VP spotting for John and Steve Goler, District 1 AVP MA spotting for Daren, District 1 AVP MA, NH.

    Ground support for flight demonstration pilots and static:
    Steve Brehm, District 1 AVP RI, Karen Adrien and Susan Gjeltema

    Static display and RC Simulator booth in hangar:
    Fremont Flyers VP Ray Racine (Ray's second year running the sim booth, great job!), Secrertary Ken Mowers and Treasurer Andy Fagen along with new member Ron Lessard.

    Also thanks to SNHFE members Brian Smith with his son and Erik Verstraete with his daughter Anna who were there for support.

    As you can see it was a collective effort by model enthusiasts promoting model aviation and the community based organization of AMA.

    Clubs represented from District 1 included: Fremont Flyers- NH, Plum Island Airport RC Flyers- NH, Southern NH RC Club, Southern NH Flying Eagles, Woodstock RC Flyers- CT and Crow Island RC Club- MA.

    District 1 Officers present: Andrew Argenio- VP, Daren Hudson- AVP MA, NH, Ted Wojcik- AVP NH, Steven Goler- AVP MA , Steven Brehm- AVP RI and John Yassemedis- District 1 Technical Officer.

    Special thanks goes out to our Photographers Andy Fagen and Brian (sorry I didn't get his last name, he was shooting at the event for GSAMA and supplied us with some photos).  Our videographers: John Yassemedis- Airborne Drone footage and Tom Hettinger for ground based footage.

    I am so proud of the support from our District 1 members for this outreach event which shares the love of our hobby, networks our good works to many new faces and provides a positive and productive image of model aviation and AMA to the public.  I feel that this type of event participation is key in preserving a productive relationship with aviation users, communities, the general public and legislators moving forward.  I can't thank the volunteers and my friends enough for helping out.  I look forward to doing this and more events like this in the future.

    See you on a flight or spectator line soon!

    We've shared several photos at the NH event photo gallery on this site.

    Aerial video shot by D1 Tech Officer John Yassemedis featured on the home page video banner.


    Full Video Playlist available at the new District 1 YouTube Channel

    See complete album and videos in the comment section of this District 1 Facebook Group post.


    Thank you,

    Daren Hudson,
    District 1 AVP MA, NH

    Please share this post far and wide, inside and outside our modeling community. We want more people to "get the bug" for model aviation.
    *If you have any questions about this event or are interested in holding an event featuring model aviation please get in touch with me.  Community and school outreach programs are some of the most rewarding activities we can do.  I always get more than I give.

  • 15 Oct 2017 11:20 PM | Steven

    This is a link to the write up that Daren Hudson wrote concerning this past weekends event with the Cub Scouts Pack 50 at Plum Island Airport. Nice job Daren and all the participants

    Direct Link to Scout Aviation Day Album and Story

    Sharing the hobby, making smiles!

    Thanks Steve, I updated the link to go directly to the album.

    Hello, I was going to write a blog with reference to this event and Steve started for me, thanks buddy!  That teamwork is part of the point I wanted to make.  It takes a village to promote the hobby.  With the advent of social media the "share" button can be a welcome "team member" for that purpose.  This blog can be considered a companion piece to "Open Club vs Welcoming Club".

    This past season at Plum Island has been an eye opener for myself and our members.  We have learned just how valuable and beneficial a welcoming attitude, a hand shake, an invitation "under the ropes" and an introductory flight can be.  We have had 6 events and at 2 Open Fly ins and this past Scouts Aviation Day we have flown approx. 75 Introductory flights with people of all ages and backgrounds.  We have spent much time talking to spectators and visitors, often inviting them as guests under the ropes for an up close look.  We will often bring the planes to the ropes and engage visitors to "look under the hood" and get some hands on experience.  We've also invited photography enthusiasts in to take pictures.  My point is that those hand shakes, those welcomes and the time spent really pays off.  Not only enjoyable for everyone involved, we always get more than we give, but the networking benefits can work well for the hobby, for the club and the community.  We have been saying all year "you never know who you will meet at the spectator line".  That networking has led to Steve Goler successfully running a jet demonstration at the Beverly Airport Family Fun Days where thousands of spectators were thrilled with the members flying turbine jets.  Other benefits have been this recent Scout Aviation Day which was networked through the Historic Aerodrome and our contacts.  We have also been put in touch with an individual who may be helpful for flying site acquisitions.  These are just a few.

    So how can you help?  If your club has an event, a fun fly, an open house, etc.  Do you have fun?  Of course you do.  Make sure someone captures some "story photos" and use social media to share them outside your club.  "We" club members know how much fun the hobby is, we need to get that message outside the hobby community.  A simple Facebook Album with a few sentences to describe the event posted at a club page then shared to other clubs and most importantly on personal pages may just get the attention of someone new.   A school teacher may want to start an after school enrichment or STEM program, a senior center might want an outing idea, a retirement advisor may be looking for activity suggestions for recently retired individuals, a community may be having a parade or celebration looking for something different, a scout troop may want a cool activity or have their scouts earn an aviation merit badge,  etc.. you get the idea.

    As an example this Scout Aviation Day album was posted on our Plum Island Airport RC Flyers FB Page then shared at the District 1 page and group and several other RC groups.  Finally I shared it on my page and the scout troop's page.  Within 2 hours is had reached over 460 people!  That's considerably more than the 20 members of our club.  I told two friends and so on, and so on...

    You can also share here at the state photo album page and add captions to describe your event/ outing.  Someone may pick that up and share it.  The point is share the good news!

    Enjoy the "off season" and stay warm.  Dig through some photos and help promote the hobby.

    If you find yourself near Concord Airport on Saturday the 21st stop in and help us promote at the 4th Annual GSAMA Aviation Day and 5K on the Runway.

    Thanks for what you do, enjoy the hobby and share it.

    Daren Hudson

    District 1 AVP

  • 08 Oct 2017 11:44 PM | Daren (Administrator)

    Wow! What a jet rally. Fantastic group of pilots and participants, our usual great spectators and 3 of 4 absolutely fantastic warm fall New England weather days. Thank you thank you thank you to ALL involved. Congratulations to Larry Roper on his first "CD"- Contest Director event, a great one. Our mission at PIARCF (Plum Island Airport RC Flyers) is: "To promote the historic Plum Island Aerodrome, Scale Model Radio Control Aviation, AMA (the Academy of Model Aeronautics) and to inform and educate the local community and all spectators. We aim to serve RC pilots with specific needs, be it paved runway and expansive airspace for turbine powered jets or airspace needs for IMAC and Freestyle practice." I am very proud to report that on the opening day of this event (Thur Oct 5) that mission came to life at Plum Island. MIT was present with their prototype long range drone for test flights (they also use the airport), We had setup tents for the jet rally and pilots were flying, attracting spectators to the aerodrome. Pilots not flying engaged with the onlookers answering questions and sharing the hobby. Around lunchtime a call came in on the radio and 6, yes 6 beautiful bush planes with their big tundra tires came in and landed on the grass. The pilots were as interested in our jet models as we were in their bush planes, sharing aviation! The jet flying continued at a steady pace through Saturday aftrenoon. Spectators filled the parking lot and brought picnic lunches to watch the show. All in all a perfect event. Special thanks to the Plum Island Aerodrome, Historic New England, our great pilots, our wonderful spectators and all those who helped with set up and clean up. This jet rally capped off a very good season at Plum Island. We look forward to putting together another great season of events for 2018. Please see our "Events" section on this FB page in late winter as we post the schedule. Blue skies. PIARCF Officers and members.

    Photo Album on Facebook- Plum Island Airport Photo Album Link

    Also see photos on the District 1 MA photo/ slide show page.

  • 11 Sep 2017 4:47 PM | Steven

    During our spring Jet Rally at Plum Island Airport RC Club AMA # 5198 in June of 2017, I was introduced to a gentleman named Bob Snuck. Bob is the Airport Manager at Beverly Regional Airport in Beverly, MA. Bob was so impressed with the jets flying at the rally that he asked me if we would be interested in doing a radio-controlled jet demonstration at the airport on September 9, 2017.  Bob explained to me that this would be a fund raiser for Cystic Fibrosis. Immediately I said “absolutely” we’re interested. I then gave Bob my AMA business card and he said that a gentleman named Richard Little would be contact me. (Richard Little was person responsible for putting this fund raiser event together.)

    Then (about a month or two went buy and I had all but forgotten about this) unexpected I received a call from Richard Little asking me if we were still interested in participating with a jet demo for this fundraiser. I told him that I had completely forgotten about it. After a chuckle, I said of course we were interested. I had the exact club members in mind that I would like to perform.

    I asked Chris “Moe” Gleason, Domenic Mirabello, and Brian Lloyd (members of Plum Island RC Club) if they were interested in doing a demonstration at this event. Without hesitation, they all agreed. Brian and Domenic would handle the speed, agility; would demonstrate the precision capabilities skills with their Ultra Flash turbine jets. Chris would demonstrate the skills required to fly the scale portion with his Breitling L-39.

    Richard explained to me that he does this show every year to raise money to find a cure for Cystic Fibrosis. Cystic fibrosis is a progressive, genetic disease that causes persistent lung infections and limits the ability to breathe over time. Richard has a family member that has been diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis and this charity is close to his heart! He then told me that this was going to be an interactive show for spectators. There were going to be full scale airplanes offering rides to the public!! I knew we had to be a part of this event. I filed for a Class D Sanction with the AMA to be able to participate and was granted a sanction waiver.

    We (club members) all met at 7:00 am and set up our jets and awaited the spectators. As we were waiting some of the planes that would be on static and offering rides started to fly in. The first plane was a T-34 Mentor! Then a red WACO Bi-Plane, then a yellow WACO! Following those were Robinson helicopters, a US Army Blackhawk, Eurocopter EC135, Med Flight EC145 Airbus. All sorts of airplanes and helicopters were just flying in one after another. I was most excited about the Douglas DC-3. When I saw that airplane, it was like watching a living piece of movie history! I expected Humphrey Bogart to get out of the plane as if it were Casablanca! All of these aircraft were most impressive to see! There were all kinds of activities for children. They had bouncy houses, train rides around the airport; and all kinds of trucks for kids to explore. There was something there for everybody! It was a good time for everybody to be had.

    We were told that we would perform our demonstration at noon time. The airport was going to be shut down from 12 noon to 1:00 p.m. They were going to have paratroopers jumping out of the Eurocopter EC135 first and we would follow once they landed. Well the helicopter didn’t take off until 12:15 and eating into the time slot. Luckily their portion of the show was over by 12:30 and we got ready. Chris, Dominic, Brian, and spotters took their place to begin the RC Jet portion. The crowd was so excited to see these jets fly. We with the Stars of The Day on the ground but wait until they see these in action!

    We asked Larry Roper of Boomerang RC Jets to narrate this portion of the event and the DJ was more than happy to oblige. Dominic and Brian were up first. They took off and got into a formation and performed a routine that they have been practicing over time. They climbed, did a split S and came down the runway at a high rate of speed to show precision and skills of control. You could hear Larry narrating and the crowd. You could hear excitement and the oohs and ahhhs of the crowd as the jets made their passed down the flight line at what seemed like subsonic speed!! (under 200mph) Their routine was about 5 to 6 minutes and the crowd was going crazy in the background.

    When Brian and Domenic landed it was Chris’s turn to burn the sky! Chris had made up a routine to show the capabilities of the L-39 from high speed to aerobatics to slow and low flight. Chris took off went down the runway into a vertical climb. At the top, he did a split S and came back down the runway showing the speed preperformance and skill required to handle this jet. He then went into his routine that he designed and it was breathtaking to say the least. We had planned to have Brian and Domenic go back up after Chris landed and Chis was going to fuel up and all three jets fly together. However, time was against up and Dominic developed an air leak in his breaks so Brian went up and did a routine demonstrating his skills. If anyone has ever seen Brian fly then you know he’s one of the best! Brian landed and conclude the portion of the RC Jet Demo. The crowd was clapping and cheering so loudly you would have thought that they came just to see us!!! LOL

    It was an exciting day for all of us to say the least!!


    On a personal note. I want to thank Chris Mo Gleason, Domenic Mirabello, Brian Lloyd, Janet Lloyd, Al Bontempo, Bob Segroi, Jim Caloggero, Larry Roper, and anyone else that I forgot to mention that made today's Beverly Family Fun Day event a success! The demonstration flying you guys put on was Awesome! You guys were the Stars of The Day!!! Everyone in the crowd loved you guys! Also glad that Andy Argenio (District 1 AMA Vice President) was able to make this event. It was a perfect day and you guys made it special. Thank you for making my first CD Event a Success!!!! Special thanks to Amanda Gleason for taking great videos. I'll try to share her videos!! There are many photos on Facebook and too many to list. If I get around to it I will put captions on them.

    Check out some of the photos linked below:





  • 17 Aug 2017 12:10 PM | Daren (Administrator)

    2017 5th Annual Plum Island IMAC Scale Aerobatics Competition

    I am happy to report that on August 4-6, 2017 at Plum Island Airport the 5th Annual Plum Island IMAC Scale Aerobatics Competition was another huge success. Precision pilots, spouses and families from the region and beyond assembled for great flying, camaraderie, fun and competition.
    Host club: Plum Island Airport RC Flyers, CD: Scott McCormack, Scoring Coordinator: Mary McCormack, Judging Coordinator: Tyler McCormack. As you can see this event was a family affair! We thank the McCormack family, including Steven and Alan and their significant others who assisted with judging, scoring, food service and child amusement! I'd also like to recognize and thank friend of IMAC and volunteer photographer, Andy Fagen, Secretary of Fremont Flyers for all the photos you see here, thanks very much Andy for spending the weekend with us and promoting IMAC. I also want to thank PIARCF members/ officers Larry Roper, Steve Goler (District 1 AVP) and all members and area club members who volunteered for field prep and setup/ cleanup of the venue. We can't run these events without volunteers.

    I'm pleased that despite questionable weather on Saturday we had a wonderful contest. Pilots began arriving Thur night and Friday morning from as far as Quebec, Canada and Maryland. It was great to see not only new faces to this event this year but also new, first time Basic Class pilots competing. Friday practice went well. On a personal note and to emphasize the fellowship of this group I'd like to add a little anecdote. My Extra suffered an engine failure in the 3rd maneuver of practice and I had a deadstick gone bad! However, in the spirit of the terrific Northeast IMAC community and modeling in general this wonderful group was so giving that within 10 minutes of the deadstick I was offered at least 2 planes to fly, a new prop, gear parts and and offer to repair my CF gear that night to make sure I could compete. Thank you to all, that's what it's all about. This is a story I hear repeated throughout the IMAC community, great stuff!

    Day 1, Saturday morning rounds went fast and furious for Basic and Sportsman pilots due to a low overcast preventing the higher classes enough altitude for the multi- element vertical maneuvers. After 3 rounds our CD decided to take a rain delay. The aircraft were packed up or put in the hangar and popups were secured for an impending line of potential thunderstorms. It was perfect timing for a lunch break too. As we all returned the rain ended and 2 rounds of Advanced and Unlimited were successfully accomplished thanks to the perseverance and dedication of our pilots. Well done!

    Day 2, Sunday greeted us with a beautiful New England summer day, cool temps and the typical Plum Island breeze (to keep the bugs away!). The unknowns and final rounds went off without a hitch. Well, one marvelous off field engine out landing in the marsh by Jim Cyr, a blind landing from approx. 30' wheels down normal attitude with 0 damage! Kudos Jim.

    While our scoring coordinator, Mary McCormack crunched the numbers Tyler McCormack ripped up the skies over Plum Island with an amazing freestyle demo for the pilots and the parking lot full of spectators. Speaking of spectators, we had a steady flow on both days even through the rain! We love our spectators, thanks so much for your interest and support.

    We wrapped it up with a nice awards ceremony, a round of happy birthday to Unlimited pilot Tom Maharis, hugs, hand shakes and thanks. Another great IMAC event in the books.

    I'm so happy that this event, started 5 years ago by Ted (District 1 AVP) and Cody Wojcik is very much alive and well. We missed Ted and Cody this year and hope to see them back next year competing, judging or just visiting.

    Thanks again to CD Scott and the McCormack family for a well run event. Thanks to all our competitor/ judges for making it happen in such good spirit and fellowship. Thanks to all for interacting with and welcoming our spectators and thanks again to all PIARCF and area club members who volunteered. See you in 2018.

    Daren Hudson
    PIARCF acting President and District 1 AVP

    Photos and videos available at: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=oa.1667674679971952&type=1

    Some photos available at the MA Events Photo Slideshow page

    IMAC Northeast Region Facebook Page


    Results for this event

  • 12 Aug 2017 10:12 PM | Daren (Administrator)

    "Hey, will you spot for me?"  How many times have we said it or heard it?  How many times have we had misunderstandings or conflicts on the flight line and wondered "what was that spotter looking at or communicating to the pilot?" 

    The following is an article I came across a couple years ago.  As I've attended quite a few events since then and talked to many pilots who have also attended large and small events I thought it was a good idea to write this blog and open up the conversation for review.  When you are at an event or at your field when several airplanes get in the sky please remember clear, effective communication on the flight line is critical to assure safe operations.  At the field your club policies dictate, at an event the CD or his/ her designee has the responsibility to make sure all individuals on the flight line understand their responsibilities.  Take a few minutes to look over the following and feel free to comment and discuss the topic with your fellow modelers.  Fly often and fly safe.

    Pilot Spotter's Responsibility  by Bob Ackerman
    While at the field recently I was asked, “What does a pilot spotter do?” I quickly told him, “spot for the pilot.” I thought about my response for a few minutes and I realized that was not a good answer. Do you know what the responsibility of the pilot spotter is? I asked a few pilots and I got the same answer from most, “spot for the pilot.” So, what does that mean?  The pilot spotter, or just spotter, is a safety person for the pilot. The pilot and spotter should be a team working together for the safety of the pilot, the spotter, the aircraft, and all parties at or near the field. Whereas the pilot has the responsibility of flying his/her aircraft in a safe manner, the spotter has many other responsibilities, which include:
    • Relay messages from the flightline and safety personnel to the pilot about landing aircraft, aircraft emergencies, or dead-stick landings by other aircraft on the field, and other information important to the pilot flying the aircraft. The pilot may be concentrating on the aircraft in flight and may not hear or pay attention to background messages on the field.
    • Relay messages from the pilot to the flightline and/or safety personnel about the pilot’s landing, emergency, or dead-stick landings, and other information that needs to be passed from the pilot to others.
    • Be the eyes of the pilot away from the aircraft. Watch the flightline and inform your pilot of aircraft taxiing in front of the pilot, people on the runway line, obstacles on the ground if the pilot walks around while flying, or other safety issues that your pilot should be aware of.
    • Watch the other aircraft in flight and inform your pilot of aircraft that may cross the flight path of his or her aircraft. Changes in pattern direction or aircraft in different flight types (aerobatic vs. pattern flight) crossing your pilot’s flight path should be reported.
    • Keep the pilot advised of the type of aircraft (slow foamie or high speed jet) that are being started for flight. Some pilots may be flying the pattern and if a 3-D aerobatic aircraft is getting ready to fly, the pilot may decide to fly at a different altitude or land the aircraft.
    • Minimize the distractions to the pilot in flight. The spotter is the eyes and ears for the pilot. Anything that could distract the attention of the pilot should be explained so that the pilot can keep his/her eyes on the aircraft and not look at the distraction.
    • A pilot spotter/ caller may also assist the pilot at contests, such as a pattern/ IMAC contest, by providing information to the pilot about the next maneuver at key points of the flight.
    This is not a complete list of responsibilities that the spotter has.

    Some pilots will have specific instructions for their spotters as to what to do, what to watch for, and what to explain. Each pilot and spotter should discuss these responsibilities before each flight.
    Every field has different rules for the use of a pilot spotter during flight operations. Most fields do not require a spotter when no organized event is scheduled, or the number of pilots flying is low. Other fields require a spotter on all flight activities. Most fields require the use of a pilot spotter during all scheduled events. Do check with your club or field rules about the use of a spotter.
    The ultimate purpose of a pilot spotter is to increase safety for all. So be a good spotter and help keep our field, and our pilots, safe. 

    Thank you for operating the safest you can.

    Daren Hudson

    District 1 AVP

  • 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.  A non IMAC highlight of the weekend acts as a reminder to all of us to be prepared for an introduction flight at any time. After competition on Saturday as we received our unknowns and pilots began rehearsing a group of 4 adults (2 women, 2 men) began asking questions. I engaged them as I try to engage all curious spectators. I had my E Flight Timber with me and I always have a spare "buddy box" transmitter. When one of the women was genuinely excited with the conversation I asked "do you want to fly?" Well, the 4 of them lit up like kids. About 5 minutes later, after a quick briefing she was flying the Timber in the late afternoon blue skies. If we didn't make a new pilot we definitely added 4 supporters of model aviation. Either way it was a fun, productive and worthwhile 30 minutes for sure as when I do intro flights for adults I always discuss how "this" is model aviation and not the hysteria the media would have the general public think. I haven't met any adult who realizes that AMA and responsible Aero modeling is not the threat. If you can fit one, have a trainer or an "easy flier" and a buddy box on hand. You never know when you can gain a new fan for the cause.

    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 I’m proud to say you all exemplify the mission of AMA and our Community Based Organization: Operating safely, supporting and promoting the hobby, 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've added video clips to the comments section. Please share and add any of your photos and comments.

    Be looking for an article in MA magazine.

    See photos in the ME Photo Slideshow Gallery on this site.

    Interested in IMAC, check it out at: http://www.mini-iac.com/

  • 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 you 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,



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