2014 AMA Model Aviation Hall of Fame
The AMA Model Aviation Hall of Fame award recognizes
aeromodelers whose outstanding contributions to model
aviation throughout the years have improved the sport/
hobby and increased its prestige and stature.
The following individuals are the AMA Model Aviation
Hall of Fame 2014 inductees.
Allen Brickhaus (deceased) Jim Rice, San Antonio TX
Frank Fanelli, Franklin NJ Aaron Snyder, Tyler TX
Sid Gates, Denver CO Steve Wooley (deceased)
Larry Kruse, Lawton OK
Are you considering nominating an individual for the
AMA Model Aviation Hall of Fame? To do so this year,
your submission must be postmarked by March 31, 2015.
You can download the application for nomination at www.
Frederick Model Aircraft Club
Celebrates 75 Years
The Frederick Model
Aircraft Club (FMAC)
in Frederick, Maryland,
is celebrating 75 years of supporting and
promoting the hobby. The club is the
oldest-known model airplane club in
Maryland and one of the oldest in the
Originally named the Frederick Gas
Model Club, it was formed December 1,
1939, at the home of William H. Weaver.
Others present included Thomas Nee,
Jack Kennedy, Merhl Stull, Walter Elker,
Buck Shaffel, Bill Tidmore, Francis
Stride, Charles Gartner, Dick Phebus,
Berrard Grove, Harry Lease, Bob Perry,
Lilburn Waters, and Robert Hankey.
The group held its first club contest
on July 17, 1940, at the Frederick
Airport. The club went on to sponsor
the Mid-Atlantic Championship Model
Aircraft meets held at the same location
from 1957 through 1968. These meets
included Free Flight, Control Line, and
RC Aerobatics competitions with 150-
200 contestants and as many as 2,500
Then club president, John E. Patton,
was a key organizer of these events and
later became the 17th AMA president.
Maynard Hill, a pioneer in unmanned
and model aircraft, was an FMAC
member until his death in 2011.
The club is known for its support of
and participation in the hobby. Locally,
the FMAC provides demonstrations
and educational displays for public
schools, churches, and other clubs. It is
a supporter of the Aircraft Owners and
Pilots Association youth programs and
has been a longtime participant in local
For more information or history,
visit the FMAC website at www.
Leonard Anthony Ball Estate Sale
An estate sale was held in memory of
Leonard Anthony Ball (1959-2014) at
AMA Expo 2015 in January. Leonard’s
family donated his aeromodeling
collection to ensure that his love of
model aviation would live on through
the lives of others. The sale raised $6,000
for the AMA Foundation’s Endowment
AMA Expo attendees
shop at the Leonard
Anthony Ball estate
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CA; James Slaughter, Euless TX;
Jacob Shambo, Watertown NY;
John Lambert, Midland TX;
Larry Yannes, San Francisco CA;
Douglas Titilah, Canterbury NH;
Paul Pennington, Bismarck ND;
and Scott Clifford, Mesa AZ.
For information about becoming
a Life Member, contact AMA
Headquarters at (800) 435-9262.
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