Executive Council Meeting

February 10, 2001
Muncie, IN


The meeting was called to order at 8:05 a.m. by the President, who chaired the meeting.

President Dave Brown, Hamilton, OH; Executive Vice President Doug Holland, Raleigh, NC; District Vice Presidents: I-Don Krafft, Duxbury, MA; II-Dave Mathewson, Camillus, NY; III-Bob Brown, Bradford, PA; IV-Chuck Foreman, Kill Devil Hills, NC; V-Jim McNeill, Birmingham, AL; VI-Charlie Bauer, Norridge, IL; VII-Bill Oberdieck, Southgate, MI; VIII-Sandy Frank, Weatherford, TX; IX-Russ Miller, Carrington, ND; X-Rich Hanson, Scottsdale, AZ; XI-Bruce Nelson, Spokane, WA; NAA Representative Don Koranda; Executive Director Joyce Hager; recording secretary JoAnne Brown. 

Present from AMA Headquarters staff were Jay Mealy, Programs; Steve Kaluf, Technical Director; and Rob Kurek, Director of Publications. 

Also in attendance were Felix Gora, General Counsel from Rendigs, Fry, Kiely & Dennis; and from District VIII Bill Lee.


  • The President appointed Bill Oberdieck, VP District VII, as the Chairman of the Nominations Committee.
  • He relayed the passing of AMA employee Greg Chartrand, and former District II VP John Byrne. Past President Cliff Weirick suffered a stroke and continues to recuperate.
  • It was suggested that a committee might be formed to create the standards for the use of memorials (naming buildings, facilities after people), and the policy of how they should be handled.
  • The control line stunt community expressed interest in hosting the 2004 CL World Championships. The President attended the WC in France in 2000 to see what would be involved. He concluded the need for an overall organizer of the championships and for special interest to run their particular category. (Much as what is done at the Nationals.) A plan/budget was presented for Council’s review (Appendix I). It was cited that some expenditure for site additions might be necessary, but even without those additions, a world championships could be held.

MOTION I: Moved by S. Frank (VIII), seconded by D. Koranda (NAA), That the U.S. put in a firm bid for the 2004 Control Line World Championships, to be hosted in Muncie, Indiana. (Dates to be determined.) MOTION passed unanimously.


It was moved, seconded, and approved by acclamation to accept the minutes of the November 4, 2000 Executive Council meeting as amended.


  • The mortgage of the existing headquarters building has been paid off.
  • Auditors will be in on February 26 for 4-5 days.
  • The financial statement was briefly reviewed.
  • For the year 2000, AMA realized a surplus of revenue over expenses.


  • The AMA Programs Director gave an update on the Grand Event. AMA will continue with the Celebration of Eagles and have a dedication ceremony for the new building on June 7, 2001. Special guests, city, county and state dignitaries have been invited. He would also like to invite those persons who have contributed significantly to the AMA.
  • The Director of Publications updated Council on the AMA web site, and the availability of Model Aviation Magazine on CD rom. Various member organization sites are being reviewed, to determine what online benefits are being afforded their members, and how they attract new members. He stated that thus far 64 sets of M.A. on CD rom have been sold.
  • The ED reminded Council members to submit names of two people as possible replacements.
  • Information and/or supporting documentation must accompany agenda items at the time they are submitted.

The following mail votes were read into the minutes.

  Moved, to accept Exhibit C "Written Consent to resolutions of the Board of Directors of the Academy of Model Aeronautics, Inc." MOTION passed unanimously. 
(Note: votes not received are automatically considered as a vote for.)
  Two Distinguished Service Awards were approved by mail vote.
  • The chairman of the Safety Committee expressed concern with sanctioning Top Gun. After review of the sanction by the ED and the President, it was determined that there are no rules currently that would allow the sanction to be rejected. Other concerns expressed by Council members were test flying of jets at the conclusion of sanctioned contests/events; no system for determining the suitability of a site for the class of airplane being flown; the lack of policy for advertisement of certain events in the magazine; and use of the term "sanction". No action was taken at this time.


  • NAA has moved into a new facility.
  • Hired Shannon Chambers and are now focusing on membership.
  • Improvements have been made to the web site (). Significant changes to the site include the addition of a calendar of events which is open to all aviation activity (subject to review); online registration for different events.
  • NAA has started a grant program. Three grants given in 2000, one of which was to the AMA.
  • FAI Air Sport activity. The governing body (approximately 60 entities), was recently changed to a seven-member executive board. Don Koranda was elected to that board. His focus on the executive committee is to bring business management to the organization.
  • The Air Sports Expo in Indianapolis is going well. AMA has booths showcasing the education program, modeling activity and the museum.

Executive Session at 11:50 a.m. Following lunch, Council resumed the Executive Session which then ended at 3:00 p.m.


MOTION II: Moved by R. Hanson (X), seconded by D. Mathewson (II), Pylon waivers will be granted by the District Vice President. (Previous motion stated "effective immediately for any pylon racing events, judges will be located off the course, 300 feet, anything less will require a special waiver.") MOTION passed. 11 yes (I, II, III, IV, V, VII, IX, X, XI, NAA, EVP); 
2 no (VI, VIII).

Bylaws/Standing Rules - B. Brown
No report was given at this time. The subject will be discussed at the Sunday meeting.

CD (ad hoc) - J. McNeill
It was suggested that a test procedure (similar to the test for contest directors) be developed for event directors. The committee will present this at the April 2001 meeting. AMA’s Technical Director continues work on a re-write of the CD Guide/Handbook (which will include rules for running a non-rule book event.)

New HQ Building - Foreman
It is expected that the move will take place the first part of March. There was discussion on naming the building, or portions of it, after people who contributed significantly to the Academy.
Council should consider potential names, for discussion and possible vote at the April 28th meeting.

(Note: The NAA representative had to leave at this time and was not present for subsequent votes.)


Consider Senior Citizen Discount for 2002 - Bauer
It was noted that by passing the following motion, the AMA would realize a significant savings over the coming years, without taking away the savings of those currently receiving the senior citizen discount.

MOTION III Moved by C. Bauer (VI), seconded by C. Foreman (IV), A Senior Citizen discount for the year 2002 and beyond license renewal, shall be given to those persons born in 1936 or before. MOTION failed. 3 yes (V, VI, VII);
9 no (I, II, III, IV, VIII, IX, X, XI, EVP).

Prior to voting on the above motion, the following amendment and motion were presented:

MOTION IV: Moved by R Hanson (X), seconded by J. McNeill (V), To amend Motion III to keep the grandfather clause, but to include a 10% discount for those who become 65, but not born before 1936. This Motion was withdrawn.
MOTION V: Moved by R. Miller (IX), seconded by B. Brown (III), To postpone Motion III indefinitely. Motion failed. 
6 yes (I, III, VII, VIII, IX, EVP), 
7 no (II, IV, V, VI, X, XI, Pres.)


Consider a National Model Aviation Day hosted by Camp Jeep - Foreman
The District IV VP noted the positive impression AMA made at the 2000 Camp Jeep® event. He would like to approach the decision making people at Daimler Chrysler and request their involvement in promoting a national model aviation day. The Marketing Department will assist with these efforts.

The President presented the following awards:

  • Exemplary Service Award - Sandy Frank

  • Distinguished Service Award - Charlie Bauer

  • Distinguished Service Award - Russ Miller

  • Fellowship Award - Russ Miller

The Executive Director presented information she collected on the cost of rings to be presented as part of the Fellowship Award. After review of the cost involved, it was the consensus of Council to go ahead with the rings as part of the award. (Retroactive to all Fellow recipients and to be put into the 2002 budget.) A memorial display case will also be designed.


Council will meet on Sunday at 9:00 a.m. for discussion on the bylaws.

The meeting adjourned at 5:15 p.m.