Executive Council Meeting

July 9, 2005
Muncie IN

Official

District IV VP Bliss Teague and District V VP Tony Stillman were not in attendance.

The Nominating Committee met at 8:00 a.m.

The President called the meeting of the Executive Council to order at 9:00 a.m.

In Attendance
President's Report
Executive Vice President's Report
Executive Director's Report
NAA Report
Committee Reports
New Business

Motions:
I   to change the name of the Budget Committee to Finance Committee
II  to authorize staff to separate the bills and ballots using the most economical
III  that the 2006 official Annual Membership Meeting will be held in
IV to table the discussion of the Safety Committee report
V to accept and implement the Air Show Team Guidelines presented at

The following were moved, seconded and approved by acclamation:

  • To approve the minutes of the April 23, 2005 Executive Council meeting.

  • To accept the Nominating Committee report.

  • To accept the Scholarship Committee report/recommendations.

  • By consensus it was agreed to proceed with the one-time tooling charge…

IN ATTENDANCE
President Dave Brown, Hamilton, OH; Executive Vice President Doug Holland, Raleigh, NC; District Vice Presidents: I-Andy Argenio, Smithfield, RI; II-Dave Mathewson, Baldwinsville, NY; III-Bob Brown, Bradford, PA; VI-Charlie Bauer, Norridge, IL; VII-Bill Oberdieck, Southgate, MI; VIII-Sandy Frank, Weatherford, TX; IX-Mark T. Smith, Shawnee, KS; X-Rich Hanson, Scottsdale, AZ; XI-Bruce Nelson, Spokane, WA; Executive Director Don Koranda; NAA Representative David Ivey and Felix Gora, AMA legal counsel.

Attending from AMA Headquarter staff was Joyce Hager, Jay Mealy, Vicki Barkdull, Carl P. Maroney, Tom Schwyn and Michael Smith.

Others in attendance were Don Lowe, Safety Committee; Bob Underwood, Safety/Scholarship Committees; Travis McGinnis, Finance Committee/AVP Dist. IX; Joe Vislay, AVP Dist. III; Larry Johnson, Harry A. Koch Co. (Insurance); Wm Lund, AMA ADCOM Chairman and Jim Giffin, AVP Dist. X.

PRESIDENT’S REPORT

Approval of the April meeting minutes
It was moved, seconded and approved by acclamation to approve the minutes of the April 23, 2005 Executive Council meeting.

Status of Committee Assignments
The President indicated that members of the Budget Committee are T. McGinnis, Chairman; D. Holland, D. Mathewson, T. Stillman, D. Brown, ex-officio and V. Barkdull staff liaison. He noted that the function of this committee is more than just the budget, but include financial/investment recommendations and acts as a checks/balance as well as advisory to the EVP. The President is of the opinion that this committee should be referred to as the Finance Committee.

MOTION I: Moved and seconded to change the name of the Budget Committee to Finance Committee. Additionally, the EVP may not chair this committee.
MOTION passed unanimously.

  • At a previous meeting the chairman of the Bylaws Committee resigned. The members of this committee are D. Mathewson, B. Nelson, A. Argenio, T. McGinnis, D. Brown, ex-officio and J. Hager staff liaison. The President will appoint a chairman and additional members at a later date. It was suggested that AMA’s legal counsel be involved prior to finalization of the document.

  • At this point the President requested additions to the agenda. New Business: Discussion of inflationary increase for officer’s budget. Committee Reports: The Membership Development Committee report will be given first. Old Business: The Club Meeting Program Update will be given first and S. Frank will give the Upgrade of Fellow Award report.

EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT'S REPORT

  • The EVP reported that the budget is being adhered to; programs are not spending beyond what was budgeted. He reported that the current portfolio is running 70% equities and 30% income; and there is a profit in the portfolio of $325k. Fix income bonds invested are returning from 5 1/3 to 7.6%. Rental property in the current year has had little outflow and nice income. V. Barkdull has developed cost center accounting for the various departments and is working toward project cost reports. She reported there are currently 8 cost centers (subject to change) prepared on a monthly year-to-date cash basis; they are reviewed monthly with managers and compared to the budget. The process is effectively monthly accounting and is expected to reflect the most accurate numbers. This is the initial pass on this type of reporting system and is expected to be modified over time.

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR'S REPORT 

Membership

  • J. Hager reported that 2005 membership year-to-date (as of June 30th) was 155,036. The report shows the comparison of activity on a quarterly basis against last years numbers. She indicated that if a person has not rejoined the AMA within 90 days (end of March), they will be considered ‘rejoins’ or ‘lapsed’ members and are listed as such on the comparison status report. These members will be approached differently when appealing to them to renew their membership. Persons who have not renewed for [x] number of years (number to be determined) will be considered new members. She then reviewed the club, chapter and air show team numbers compared to last year; and the no solicitation/hold-code numbers. As there is no way at this time to determine WHY a hold-code was requested, it should be understood that these numbers are not necessarily a result of the TN or credit card marketing programs. Discussion then turned to the bills/ballots and it was suggested that a pre-addressed post card ballot be used in an effort to have fewer ballots returned to headquarters; campaign statements would appear in the magazine issue received at the time ballots are mailed. The additional space on the renewal form would be used for other information. The cost for a post card mailing would be $20-$30k (but does not include cost for return paid postage.) J. Hager indicated that she would like to order the license cards and decals on July 15, so come September 1 she can mail out 2006 cards; no one on Council objected to this.

MOTION II: Moved seconded to authorize staff to separate the bills and ballots using the most economical means available to encourage a higher voting response.
MOTION passed 10 yes; 1 abstain (VIII).

Notice of the change to the bill/ballot mailing will be conveyed to the membership in the President and Executive Director columns as well as on the Web site.

Flying site/Nats status

  • Currently there are 1,109 total Nats registered contestants; there was a late surge of entries in helicopter and Control Line. Data will be kept on a monthly basis for comparison to next year. NatsNews on line is up and running; as of two weeks ago two thousand have registered to receive the daily update. This is more than what was expected. In response to negative comments regarding the fact there will be no ‘Nats Issue’ of Model Aviation, the ED indicated that after the conclusion of the Nats, all issues of the NatsNews on line, will be put on a DVD and made available to the members. Koranda informed Council HQ is working on a demographic breakdown piece as well as a feedback mechanism to be sent to Nats participants and event directors to determine how well HQ performed. HQ may possibly use a student company called Cardinal Communications to assist in an improved communications program, to include promoting Nats winners, press releases, etc. L. Estep indicated that he has been approached by individuals on site and they reported that they felt the site was the best it has looked in years. The drainage problem behind the maintenance facilities has been rectified; broken drainage tiles have been fixed; the northeast FF launch site may be used, however it may not (during the Nats). New netting was installed at the McCool site and speed circles have been repaved. The ED complimented Estep and the maintenance staff for their efforts.

Marketing

  • T. Schwyn reviewed the existing marketing projects. There will end up being four membership pushes prior to the 2006 renewal season. The last one will go out in a couple of days. The basic format will target the lapsed members from 2002, 2003 and 2004 (this amounts to 85k plus). The new promotion with US Bank targeting these lapsed members was explained as: the member asks for, applies and receives an AMA/ US Bank Visa card, purchases their AMA membership with the Visa card, and they will get their membership for a penny. The funding for this comes from US Bank. Objection was expressed at some receiving their membership for one penny while others must pay $58. Schwyn explained that if the program aimed at the lapsed membership is successful, US Bank may entertain the idea of offering this for the 2006 renewals however they have not committed yet. T. Schwyn and C. Maroney to follow up on credit card program with Bank One and determine if they are still issuing credit cards with the AMA logo. The introductory membership program continues to do well; an incentive membership program that will be launched in September for the 2006 season is a combination of monthly prizes/grand prizes. The AMA/Boy Scouts of America program mentioned at the April meeting is proceeding; program to be on (Muncie) site October 13-15, 2006. Additional support items from marketing for the AST were determined to be a banner for the teams for their displays and demos; and a point of purchase piece. This is a passive sales piece that is a tear off sheet with contacts to learn about aero modeling and the AMA. An update was given on the TN DVD series program and the Dental/Vision coverage promotion to be launched in the fourth quarter of the year. There was a brief discussion of the AMA Partner Branding program/logo; Schwyn and Koranda will further investigate.

    Council expressed the desire to be informed (via email) that a program is being launched. This way, if a Council member receives a phone call/email pertinent to said program, they are aware of what the member is talking about. To ensure Council is aware of what is going on internally at headquarters, Koranda will send out ‘regular communication’ (target: a monthly brief bullet list).

Status of convention/programs

  • At the last meeting J. Mealy was tasked to develop a Convention Charter. Council received a copy of the draft for their review. Highlights of the report included: new convention logo (AMA employee Ben Flesher was the design logo contest winner); in process of redesigning/reformatting registration forms and the way AMA registers and sells tickets at the convention center; improved advertising; Amita Patel has taken over the reigns as show manager; seminars will be allowed to take place prior to the opening of the show; will investigate awarding the Hall of Fame award to B. Rutan at the convention; improving aisle and directional signage; will have improved interactive area (expanded flying area, enhanced car track); creation of an AMA Village (interactive area between members, non-members and AMA reps/depts.) and easing the loading and unloading for exhibitors. Dates for the 2006 convention are January 13-15, 2006.

MOTION III: Moved and seconded that the 2006 official Annual Membership Meeting will be held in conjunction with the AMA Convention in Ontario California.
MOTION passed unanimously.

Strategic Plan

  • Council received a digested version of the core elements from the meeting. The draft shows the agreed goals per department that were formulated during the strategic planning meeting. The ED will be meeting with staff members to develop sub goals that will be used to meet the individual targets. Discussion on some of the items included: HQ will be working with Cardinal Communications to develop a communication strategy; addressing the goal of developing the Web site to maximize its service and value to the membership, HQ enlisted a company to produce an assessment of the site. The report is being evaluated by a few people at this time and will be distributed to Council prior to the next meeting. All AMA programs are being reviewed to determine their perceived value. Koranda indicated this is a skeletal outline; he will have this as an item on the October agenda as it will have an impact on the budget for next year.

FAA Visit

  • The ED and J. Mealy met with the FAA and discussed unmanned aerial vehicles and what the FAA plans to do relative to the advisory circular they are working on. They were informed that the people working on both of these items were summarily reassigned and for now the items are on the back burner. The President and ED (and possibly J. Mealy) will attend the NAA meeting in a week and intend to meet with the FAA again at that time. The ED briefed the Safety Committee on the advisory circular issue; he feels the circular may come out to be a much more extensive document than it currently is.

  • The President was informed of a close encounter between a model and a full scale aircraft; he advises Council that they recommend clubs strongly stress to their members the need to stay away from full-scale aircraft. It was suggested that AMA consider requiring pilots of powered RC models to have a spotter any time a flying site falls into the controls of an airport; as well as having clubs enforce a policy that when a full-scale aircraft is spotted, the pilot must bring his model down to traffic pattern altitude. The President tasked the Safety Committee to address this issue.
     

NAA REPORT

  • D. Ivey reported that NAA has completed their relocation to Old Town Alexandria (VA). Significant activities in recent months included: presenting the Collier Trophy to Burt Rutan, Paul Allen, Mike Melville, et al for Spaceship One; next issue of new magazine (AERO Magazine) will have picture of Paul Allen wearing NAA wings, circulation of new magazine approximately 10k; on June 7, 2005 NAA conducted their Spring Awards/100th Anniversary celebration; just released a commemorative coin (the first in a series) honoring Collier Trophy recipients; membership is up at this time, a sporting license is now part of the membership benefits; will discuss holding a long range planning meeting at the upcoming executive NAA meeting. Since taking office Ivey has visited four of the air sport associations (with plans to visit the remaining), and plans to bring together all of the air sports groups represented by the NAA during the middle of August and hold a number of program sessions.

Executive Session 11:50 a.m. – 12:10 p.m.

Lunch 12:10 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

COMMITTEE REPORTS

Nominating

It was moved, seconded and approved by acclamation to accept the Nominating Committee report. The names to appear on the ballot for the upcoming election are:

District III – Bob Brown (incumbent)
District VII – Bill Oberdieck (incumbent)
District XI – Bruce Nelson (incumbent)
Executive Vice President – Doug Holland (incumbent); Horrace Cain

Membership Development

  • Committee members include M. Smith, Chairman; W. DeCou, E. Myers and staff liaison T. Schwyn; they met on June 22-23, 2005. Prior to meeting the committee did an individual analysis of the staff's responses to membership development and an assessment of AMA activities relative to membership development. The Committee ended up with a Value Proposition of why to belong to AMA. The five concepts associated with it are protection enabler (insurance), representation (national, state and local), communications process (magazine, Web site), assistance (w/flying site and frequencies) and promotion. Smith reviewed four of the AMA programs the committee felt they had an opportunity to enhance, as well as four distinct market segments to go after (lapsed memberships, park flyers, full-scale pilots and AARP). He indicated the need for AMA to be comfortable with accepting memberships via the Internet, and to that end has requested input from AMA’s legal counsel. One point of contention associated with this is whether the applicant actually read the safety code which is validated by their signature on the application. Another problem is verification of the credit card payment; is the member covered by insurance when the application is received at HQ or only after the card has been verified. W. DeCou is working on a flying site assistance program for e-fields. An ad campaign will be presented at the October meeting focused on advertisement design.

Annual Scholarship Report

  • The Committee had additional monies to disperse this year as a result of action by Council last year. Underwood made note of the money allocated to the top-ranked individual by the Weak Signals club. Funds for the Sig Scholarship are expected to be depleted in two or three years. The Hutchinson Award was discontinued as of last year.
  • Interest was shown in determining how many scholarship winners were still active AMA members. M. Smith and C. Bauer will address this issue.

It was moved, seconded and approved by acclamation to accept the Scholarship Committee report/recommendations.

Safety

  • D. Lowe informed Council of his decision to resign as committee chairman; B. Underwood will take over this position. Lowe apologized for not getting this report to Council earlier for their consideration; the report will be given today and in three weeks time a mail vote will be sent on proposed changes to the 2006 code. It should be noted that a 2/3 majority vote is required to pass. The President indicated that the proposed changes will be voted on individually instead of voting on the code as a whole document. This mail vote will only address changes to the Safety Code; other changes proposed by the Safety Committee will be considered at the next Council meeting. Some input from Leader Members that did not affect the intent of the item were incorporated into the document.
  • Underwood reviewed the proposed changes to the code. Discussion and comments offered included: increasing the weight limit does not increase the risk of an accident, but does increase the potential for damage; Lowe indicated there has been discussion on putting a limit on energy instead of weight and recommended AMA investigate the possibility; the changes to RC item 4 would allow multiple flightlines and 360 degrees of flying around the site; changes to RC item 6 and the current RC item 9 will be reviewed by the Safety Ad hoc Committee and the Safety Code Glossary and AMA Safety Code Interpretation and Intent document will be revised appropriately; the committee was deadlocked in a decision on whether to allow shooting paint balls at models from the ground—they look to the Council for guidance; addition to RC section re fail safe: instead of mandating these types of requirements, Council should look to educating the members on how and why to set it and when to use the fail safe; and the President is concerned with the wording of this item (mandating a certain setting) purely from the legal liability perspective.
  • Discussion turned to allowing aircraft over 55 lbs. in competition events. Underwood noted an item received by JPO which proposes allowing turbine airplanes to fall into the experimental aircraft program (over 55 lbs.) and allow them in competition. JPO is requesting an allowance of 2.5 gallons in a dry weight of 55 lbs. (would take weight to approximately 75 lbs.).

MOTION IV: Moved and seconded to table the discussion of the Safety Committee report.
MOTION failed 5 yes; 5 no (II, VI, IX, EVP, NAA); 1 abstain (I). It should be noted that in this instance, the abstention is considered a no vote, therefore, the motion failed.

  • The President indicated Council could vote on the code items via a mail vote in three weeks; he suggested voting on the turbine and experimental class items (which would also affect propeller-driven aircraft) via a mail vote in six weeks. This would allow the latter two items to be worked in the regular rules proposal system. In conclusion a mail vote of the Safety Code items will be sent to Council in three weeks.
  • The President thanked Don Lowe for his long term service on this committee.

ADCOM

  • R. Hanson pointed out that over a year ago Council authorized the ADCOM to go through a strategic planning process; to review, update and revise the Air Show Team Guidelines. This document is being presented for approval today. He then introduced Bill Lund the new ADCOM chairman. B. Lund began by thanking Bruce Nelson for twenty years of service to the ADCOM and presented him with an Air Show Team Award. He then gave a summary of the revisions which included: an expansion of the requirements for shows and performances for the teams; instituted a means of certifying pilots to ensure they can do what they say they are able to do; teams members will be certified on a three year cycle (FAST TRAC) with a flight test and/or written test; cleared up language referring to performance fees and sponsorships; equipment orders will not be handled by AMA HQ anymore; instituted a requirement for an annual safety meeting and someone on the team must be certified by the ATF to handle explosives; pilot evaluations will be done by VPs or their designees (could be a CD, show team manager or someone who can properly evaluate the flight performance of a particular pilot); and will have an outreach to area clubs and recognition awards built into the program. Relative to document section addressing performance fees and sponsorship, the President would like language added to this such as “performers cannot be paid anything over and above their direct expenses, they cannot be profiting from the show performance” (due to possible tax implications).

MOTION V: Moved and seconded to accept and implement the Air Show Team Guidelines presented at this meeting.
MOTION passed unanimously.

Insurance

  • The Insurance Committee met May 20-21, 2005 at HQ. Agenda included an introduction of Harry A. Koch Company and history of L. Johnson. Items addressed by the committee included reviewing current insurance package; a line item discussion of the insurance policies and discussion of an optional insurance coverage plan. AMA currently has twenty-one different insurance policies of which the most familiar is the liability protection policy. As a result of the line item review the committee found several items that need to be addressed. These included: submit wording to modify the General Liability Policy to exclude the requirement for a contractual agreement in providing for site owner coverage; submit wording to modify General Liability Policy (exclusion G) to use the term aircraft throughout the policy and the committee is working on defining the terms “watercraft,” “hot air balloon” and “blimp.” They are working on these definitions and expect to have something to present at the October meeting. The way the policy was written, there is the potential for a member to file a claim under both medical coverage and general liability coverage—a wording change is being worked on to eliminate this possibility. L. Johnson investigated modifying the policy to provide uninsured coverage to non-owned rental vehicles (primarily due to the number of rental cars used by AMA staff and Council members); he informed that the company declined to offer this protection. Continuing discussion revealed an update is required to provide adequate coverage to the museum and its’ contents, including the Ponds Plans; the plan to investigate creating reciprocal agreements with other National Aero Modeling Organizations, some type of affiliate memberships; L. Johnson is working on an article for the magazine and possibly the Insider (National Newsletter) explaining the current liability package and D&O package; AD&D coverage as of July 1 is provided by Chubb; Council will receive a monthly generic claim summary; and the committee will have a report on fire and theft coverage at the October meeting. Committee discussion continued on issuing sanctions and additional insured certificates to commercial ventures; UAV coverage; rental property coverage and modifications to the policy to remove the obsolete radio equipment exclusion. An optional insurance coverage plan was discussed however nothing definite has been determined. L. Johnson will draft a position paper outlining AMA’s position on legal issues and defense strategies.
     

OLD BUSINESS

Club Meeting Program

  • The ED was asked to come up with some type of presentation that a VP or AVP can use when they talk to clubs, etc. The program should not exceed 15 minutes at the most. J. Hager presented an outline on how she would make the presentation. First, the presenter should introduce themselves. This would be followed by stating the AMA Vision (and possibly the Mission Statement); explain AMA’s goals and objectives; the individual membership benefits; club benefits; and clubs partnering with park flyers. She also included three items that are relevant at this time (Spread Spectrum, EPA Superfund sites and new rules proposals from the FAA). Of course as time passes these three items may not be as relevant and can be replaced by others that are considered ‘hot items’ at the time. Council members should submit their ideas on what should be included in this presentation to J. Hager in the next two weeks. She will then make any changes and pass it by Council one final time. The program will be available as a power point presentation as well as in printed form.

Officer/District VP Funds

  • At the last meeting Council discussed headquarters need to accommodate officer carryover funds. Koranda reported there is a method to take care of this and it was discussed with the EVP. It will show up in the budget process for next year.

Waiver Program – Report

  • Koranda presented the document Requirements and Guidelines To Allow A Recognized Educational Institution To Fly Model Aircraft using Autonomous Navigation At an AMA Chartered Club Flying Site. He is confident that this document will capture the information needed by the committee to determine whether or not to issue the waiver. Applications for the waiver should go to the Technical Director, as well as any questions.

  • AMA’s attorney recommends the document should reflect a specific minimum amount of insurance coverage is required; that amount is not yet determined. A minimum amount of $1mil was agreed upon by Council; Koranda will pass this by C. Maroney.

Upgrade the Fellow Award

  • In an effort to upgrade the current Fellow Award, two plaques/costs were presented for review.
    By consensus it was agreed to proceed with the one-time tooling charge of $585 for the die struck Fellowship Award. The task was assigned to the Executive Director. Any current Fellow that wishes to have the upgraded award may purchase the award ‘at cost’.

Historical Site Program

  • M. Smith was tasked with developing a program to recognize sites that have a historical significance. This report includes a draft of the application. Examples of what might be recognized include flying sites and structures (hobby shops, factories). He noted that two flying sites have been recognized; an example of a structure that may qualify for recognition is the Sig Manufacturing factory. Once the program is approved the application will be available on the Web site. Key items that the form will require include a statement of significance and biographical statement. Both of these items are important to have for future reference. Deadline for the application will be December 31 of each year; selection will be done by the Museum Steering Committee. Recognition would be a mention on the Web site as a historical site; a write-up in the magazine (similar to AMA Scholarship and Hall of Fame) and a bronze plaque that would go to the facility. It is expected that a ceremony would be held for presentation of the plaque; the recipient would be expected to determine where that plaque is placed. There will be a mechanism for removing a site from the listing if necessary.
     

NEW BUSINESS

Trademark and Licensing

  • The President reported on a problem being encountered with some wholesale aircraft manufacturers who are creating a difficulty for some of the scale flying model manufacturers; they are demanding payment of licensing for their trademark. In particular this is coming from Lockheed Martin involving such aircraft as the P38 Lightning. This is a very complex issue; if a company does not actively enforce its trademark it loses the right to do so. The President believes that none of these companies is concerned with the income that is available from the flying aeromodeling side of things, but the law almost forces them to actively pursue it in order to protect their right to do so in the cases where there is legitimate reason to do so. The President indicated that companies turn over their trademark and licensing enforcement activity to companies specializing in this and these enforcement companies are the ones contacting the modeling manufacturers. AMA would also have to address the affect on the sale of plans. He explained the potential problem facing AMA and continues investigating the best way to approach it.

Enforcement/Administrative Procedures

  • Koranda presented a coordination draft for the format of the policy/procedure manual; specifically noting the outline for the procedure to be used. He indicated that HQ has internally implemented this for investigation of several incidents currently being addressed with the appropriate VPs. The ED is pleased with the response as they are getting noticed; receiving answers and people are paying attention. Once HQ establishes what they consider the appropriate sanctions, this list will be periodically reviewed by the Executive Council. Koranda explained that confidentiality aspect of this process is extremely important and will be strictly adhered to.

U.S. Team Eligibility – Discussion

  • This discussion will take place at October meeting.

Inflationary Increase for Officer Budgets

  • Since the Finance Committee will meet before the next Council meeting it is prudent to address this issue now. Inflationary increases have not been addressed since the new budget formula was put in place. It was noted that hotel rates and fuel costs are increasing and it is expected that airline travel will see similar increases. The recommendation is that the Finance Committee should investigate making inflationary adjustments to the officers’ budgets to begin for 2006; this adjustment should be a percentage increase, not a specified amount. It was suggested that a 10% increase (per district) would not be out of line; however the monetary impact to those districts receiving the floor amount would be negligible. It was then recommended that the total amount budgeted for officers increase by 10 %. Following discussion on how to increase some district budgets without having a negative impact on others, Council agreed that the Finance Committee should consider an increase in the officers' budget. The floor amount can be raised once the finance committee reports back to Council. The committee is aware of and understands all of the concerns involved and will address the situation accordingly.

Council will reconvene Sunday morning at 9:00 a.m.

The meeting was recessed Saturday evening at 5:30 p.m.

NEXT MEETING
October 15-16, 2005

Action items from the July 9, 2005 Executive Council meeting

1) Notice of change to the bill/ballot mailing addressed in President and ED column. Ref: ED Report/Membership.

2) Make available to members a DVD containing all NatsNews online. Ref: ED Report/Flying site/Nats status.

3) ED to send to Council regular (monthly) bullet list communication re internal happenings at HQ. Ref: ED Report/Marketing.

4) Prior to Oct. Council meeting the ED will distribute report on assessment of AMA Web site. Ref: ED Report/Strategic Plan.

5) The President tasked the Safety Committee to address the issue of models flying in the vicinity of full-scale airport, possibly requiring pilots to have a spotter. Ref: paragraph following ED FAA Report.

6) Mail vote on changes to Safety Code items to be sent in three weeks. Ref: Safety Committee Report.

7) ADCOM should modify language in Guideline Regulations section pertaining to performance fees and sponsorships to something such as “performers cannot be paid anything over and above their direct expenses; they cannot be profiting from the show performance.” Ref: ADCOM Report.

8) The document titled Requirements and Guidelines To Allow A Recognized Educational Institution To Fly Model Aircraft using Autonomous Navigation At an AMA Chartered Club Flying Site will reflect that $1mil insurance coverage is required, per attorney recommendation. Ref: Waiver Program – Report.

9) Finance Committee will consider an increase in officer budgets. Ref: Inflationary Increase for Officer Budgets.