We won the trophy back !!! The Somerset Signal Senders won back the trophy from UMAC by a convincing margin. We get to hold on to it for a year until the rematch. First Place in Glow went to our own Tom Murray and Second Place went to UMAC Drew Meyerhardt. First Place in Electric went to UMAC Drew Meyerhardt and Second Place went to our own Guillermo Mendoza. Congratulation to all of them. The 50/50 raffle was won by our own Tim Cullen. Way to go Tim!
I wanted to thank all the really good guys from both clubs that participated to make this a really fun event. Without you this could not happen. I want to also thank Paul Gentile for supplying the generator and the PA system; Dave Rollino for the grill and masterfully cooking all of the delicious food; the Exec group for handling the registration and the prizes and especially everyone else that helped with the tents and tables. Again without you this would not have happened.
Turning to the rest of July, we have our Annual Electric Fly on July 25th at the flying field, so bring your electrics and have a nice quiet day. Jim Vigani is the CD so I'm sure he will need help so look out for his email. Our next club meeting is on Tuesday, July 28th at 8:00pm. Hope to see you there!
In other news, once again the FAA is trying to enforce their own interpretation of the rules approved by the legislature. The AMA is already contesting the newly proposed rules and insisting that model airplanes are not to be included with any general aviation rules. We are line of sight and fly in a regulated area. The AMA was able to thwart the first FAA ruling with an overwhelming response from you, the modelers, to the tune of over 85,000 requests to leave model airplanes alone. Be aware we may have to do it again. As an AMA AVP I am well aware what takes place behind the scenes and all the work the AMA is putting into this effort. Not only man hours but money.
Which brings me to another item, your AMA annual dues. The AMA has not raised its dues for over 25 years and with the financial burden of fighting the FAA and the rising cost of business it seems they had no choice but to raise the dues. No one wanted to see this, especially the members on fixed incomes, but it will be a reality in 2016. Annual dues will now be $75.00 a year. While retired age members will still pay 1/2 dues and kids will remain free. I personally couldn't figure out how they could keep it that low for that many years with the benefits they offer. Insurance is not the only benefit the AMA provides to its members. Look on the AMA web site for more info on what they offer clubs, individuals, schools and organizations. (The Link is at the bottom of this page.)
OK I said enough. Have a great summer and I'll see ya at the meeting.
"Keep em Flyin"
AVP District II
The Somerset Signal Senders Officers for 2015 were elected at the November club meeting.
Congratulations to all of our officers!