an advertisement in Model Aviation.
This camp seemed to be everything I
was looking for, and it turned out to be
better than advertised! Check-in was
during the XFC finals, which was held at
We watched the end of the finals, had
a brief meeting, met the other campers,
were assigned roommates, and then said
goodbye to our parents for the next four
days. We were taken to our hotel, to
dinner, and then called it a day.
Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday
were all about flying. The weather was
great all week except for the wind. It
made for some challenging flying, but
we were there to learn and train.
The flying was great, and we were
even given the controls of a Hangar 9
Sukhoi SU-26MM SE designed by Mike
McConville. We were also given a tour
of AMA Headquarters and the National
Model Aviation Museum.
The days typically started at 7 a.m.
with breakfast then loading up for the
ride to AMA. We would pick up our
aircraft, which were stored indoors, and
continue the ride out to the flying field.
We broke for lunch at 1 p.m.,
switched aircraft if desired, and then got
back to flying until 5 p.m. We put the
aircraft away, ride back to the hotel, get
cleaned up, and then head to dinner at
about 6 p.m.
Dinner every night was at Applebee’s,
where we could order anything we
wanted, and lunch was provided by
Texas Roadhouse every day! What kid
would not like that? After dinner, we
would head back to the hotel and do
some indoor flying with some of the
small electric airplanes.
There was never a shortage of
supplies, tools, or guidance. Everyone
pitched in to help each other, and we
formed some great friendships by the
end of the week.
I recommend this camp to anyone
who loves to fly RC aircraft, whatever
his or her skill level. The camp is broken
down into three groups: beginner,
Tristen Lobbezoo is on the le;.
advanced. I learned
a lot and will
the skills I was
taught at the camp.
and Bill Pritchett were our camp
coordinators, and they were awesome!
They got us everywhere we needed to
be and made the experience the best it
This camp experience has been the
best time I have had flying. I learned
new flying skills, made new friendships,
and experienced selfless giving of
time, resources, and guidance by our
leaders and peers. A few of us put
together a You Tube channel where
we posted videos of our experience:
AMAtureRCSpinsider. This was an
experience I will never forget.
Camp AMA Class of 2012. Air inthe
Frank Zaic was a prolific figure in the
model aviation community. He began
building model airplanes in 1926 and
continued this hobby throughout his
life. He was one of the original founders
of the Academy of Model Aeronautics
in 1936. He was also the first American
to receive the Paul Tissandier Diploma,
which is awarded to individuals who
have served the cause of aviation by
their work, initiative, and devotion.
Frank’s passion for aviation resulted
in his induction into the Model Aviation
Hall of Fame in 1969, the National Free
Flight Society Hall of Fame in 1978, the
Kits and Plans Antique Modelers Hall
of Fame in 1987, and the Society of
Antique Modelers Hall of Fame in 1989.
He was granted the Southern California
Ignition Flyers (SCIF) Good Guy award
as the “original old-timer” along with the
AMA Pioneer award in 1998.
The National Model Aviation
Museum is privileged to have many of
Frank’s important aviation documents
in our collection. Within the archives
resides an original New York City Parks
Department model aviation permit form
for Frank, which grants him permission
to fly model airplanes in Central Park.
We also have an original FAI/NAA
USA Class B gider license for Frank
Zaic dated June 9, 1933, with Orville
Wright’s signature. The museum also has
documents from his non-modeling life,
including his certificate of registration in
the American Immigrant Wall of Honor,
notes about his attachment to the Statue
of Liberty, personal correspondence and
photographs from fellow champions
of aviation, and his original scrapbook
Frank has also made donations to
the museum collection. He was well
known for his collection of balsa thermal
airplanes, one of which, a 1942 Thermic
100 glider, hangs in the museum’s main
gallery. The museum also has personal
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