MAAA Wingspan

03 MAAALogo. NOVEMBER WING SPAN MAAA EXECUTIVE president’s report ON THE coVER Friendship, social interaction, and the sharing of a common interest is the basis of the MAAA philosophies. The MAAA came into being in 1947, 73 years ago, partly due to the camaraderie and enthusiasm of members. National competitions were events all aeromodellers looked forward to, old acquaintances were renewed, new friendships made, all through the common interest of model aviation. Sadly, today the National events have all but disappeared in favour of specific interest groups, albeit some determined aeromodellers are endevouring to keep the National philosophy alive, I wish them success. Over time organisations and interests change, but not always for the good. The National events were ones where aeromodellers from all disciplines attended and shared experiences. Specific discipline group events consist of members who have the same interest in a particular discipline and many rarely ever attend other events. Is the “silo mentality” good for the future of model aviation? I am not against members interested in one discipline getting together to share the common interest, however, I believe if we lose the camaraderie on which the success of model aviation has been built, model aviation in general will suffer. The camaraderie among members and unity of purpose has earned the respect from authorities and has been a major contributor to the benefits recently achieved. During my term as President, I have visited many clubs, club events and competitions and to me, the “silo mentality” is becoming more evident. I recently attended an event widely publicised to the modelling community and to club members. President: Neil Tank PRESIDENT’S REPORT Friendship, social interaction, and the sharing of common interest is the basis of the MAAA philosophies. MEMBER story How one aeromodeller has kept his love of flying alive during COVID-19 restrictions. 14 MANAGEMENT MATTERS: The 2019-20 Financials have been finalised by the MAAA Treasurer and thoroughly reviewed and audited by the MAAA Auditor and were given a clean bill of health. 20 SAAMBR OPEN DAY A FLYING SUCCESS KINGAROY AEROMODELLERS CLUB ARE CUTTING A CLEAR PATH FOR THEIR MEMBERS 22 24 Safety MATTERS: Preventing vehicle damage frommodel aircrafts HERITAGE STORY: Honouring three outstanding members for their dedication to our sport WORLD- RENOWNED FLY-A-THON AT KANGAROO ISLAND 08 03 05 10 Young aeromodeller Cameron Sexton’s love of aeromodelling came from his father Gavin, who has inspired him to take to the skies. 28 The MAAA are always keen to hear about your successes or story ideas for Wingspan. Please send your ideas to us at . President: Mr Neil Tank Vice President: Tim Nolan Secretary: Mr Tyson Dodd Treasurer: Mr Gary Pope Enquiries about Wingspan, including advertising, feedback and story ideas can be emailed to Remember, if your club is inviting members of the public to an event, feel free to advertise it on the MAAA website! Go to: t o add your event. WING SPAN AUGUST