AMA District VI News August 2023

The first report is from Ben Kramer:

On May 23-25, the Washington RC Aero Club, in Washington, Indiana, hosted a three-day aviation training event. It was part of a Christian church camp called Ebenezer Boys Camp. Twenty-two boys, ages 12 to 15, signed up for this career-based class.

It was organized by Steve Stoll, with assistance from David Winneger, Ben Kramer, Ron Walden, and Joe Lehman. There was a morning session for 11 boys and an afternoon session for the rest. This was repeated on the second day. A short class was held on aerodynamics and control surfaces, and the rest of the time was spent on a buddy box. On the third day, they were treated to a full-scale airplane ride. A fantastic job was done by all.

This report is from Marc Marcum, with photo credits going to Ken Gantz:

The Louisville Area Soaring Society and the Hardin County RC clubs were proud to host the second F5J Tour event on May 13-14 in Elizabethtown, Kentucky. Fifteen pilots braved the weather, which turned out better than predicted. We ultimately flew 10 rounds in challenging, changing conditions.

The leader board had a lot of movement, but the winners were Scott Shaw in first place, flying an Ultima 2; Norm Poti in second, flying a Volo; and Gavin Trussell placed third, flying an Ultima 2. The two clubs were proud to donate their net proceeds to the USA F5J Team for the upcoming competition in Bulgaria this summer. Go USA!

My report this month is on Joe Nall Week, which took place May 10-17, in Woodruff, South Carolina. This is an event that should be on everybody’s bucket list. There was a main flightline, a float-flying area, an electric flightline, an electric 3D flightline, a Control Line area, and a 3D area for large models, all running at the same time throughout the event.

I spent time flying on the electric flightline with my scratch-built Hooker, which is 73% the size of the original. During the event, Joyce Hager was recognized and awarded for her 53 years working for AMA. For those who don’t know, Joyce is retiring in August this year. Congratulations, Joyce, on your retirement, and thank you for all you have done throughout these years.

I want to see your pictures and hear about your club’s events. To get your club’s event or even just a fun day of flying into my column, simply write a 150-word description of the gathering, along with a couple of pictures. Email it to me at with the word “magazine” in the subject line. Keep in mind that the pictures must be at least a 500 KB standalone JPG file.

Each of us should take time to introduce someone new to model aviation. Help get youth excited about model aviation because they are the future of our hobby, as well as future workers in aviation-related industries!

Gary Himes
Vice President District VI

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