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I’m writing this on the fourth of July, Independence Day here in the USA.  Fortunately we still have quite a lot of independence in this country to be appreciative of but those of us who build and fly model airplanes are seeing that independence shrinking almost daily.
 
We have all seen flying fields disappear either due to increasing use of agriculture or problems with noise or liability.  Now there is another problem, potentially more serious than ever.
 
The FAA is in the process of issuing new rules that can seriously affect flying of models nationwide.  Ridiculous, you say, how can the FAA be interested in people flying model airplanes?  Well, they are!  They have issued proposed rules that are very stringent and, if interpreted strictly by local authorities could see you charged with a federal crime for just flying a little hand launched glider at a local schoolyard or a park.
 
Having spent a good part of my life dealing with the FAA when I worked as a designer for Piper, Champion and Bellanca I have first hand experience relating to how the FAA can make it difficult for anyone if they choose to do so.
 
The AMA (Acadamey of Model Aeronautics) is the voice of model aviation in the USA and as an individual the FAA won’t listen to you.  But when you speak through the AMA you have the cumulative effect of about 150,000 voices, many of whom are voters.  Politicians guide the FAA and politicians take notice when a lot of voters speak up
 
Contact the AMA at --  www.modelaircraft.org -- for detailed information on how to add your voice to all of the other modelers who could be affected by this.
 
Keep 'em Flying,
Roland Friestad, Editor
 
 
 
 
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A Quick Look at This Issue

July 2014 Cover

July 2014 Cover

 
Bob Aberle and his new FOLLY-200 design is our cover selection for this issue - The original FOLLY, designed by Rod Doyle in 1937 was a successful competiton free flight model then and Bob says it makes for a nice RC park flyer now - Build one and see for yourself -
 
 
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Tandy Walker's WACO SRE - Part 5

Tandy Walker's WACO SRE - Part 5

 
Tandy Walker continues with Part 5 of his construction series on the WACO SRE - This time he's building the lower wing.







 

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Phineas Pinkham Story - Flying Aces Jan 1938

Phineas Pinkham Story - Flying Aces Jan 1938

 
Phineas Pinkham and the crew challenge the Brits to a game of American style football and also stymie the german artillery at the same time -
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The GAMMA GULL RC Towline Glider

The GAMMA GULL RC Towline Glider

 
The photo is of a GAMMA GULL at the recently completed European SAM Champs and the Plan shows the modifications, including adding RC to this 1947 tow line glider -
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Jimmie Allen BLUEBIRD & KITTIHAWK Wakefield

Jimmie Allen BLUEBIRD & KITTIHAWK Wakefield

 
Two more interesting plans that are in this issue - The Jimmie Allen BLUEBIRD is a nice looking little rubber job and the KITTIHAWK is something you don't see very often, a Wakefield biplane -

 

 

 

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BLUE BONNET SPECIAL - OT Free Flight

BLUE BONNET SPECIAL - OT Free Flight

 
And, last but not least, the BLUE BONNET SPECIAL, and old time free flight design that would be easy to reduce in size to make a small free flight with an RC dethermalizer or with a miniature RC system and electric power would make a nice floater for parks and maybe even relaxing indoor flying -
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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SWAMP by Gary Clark

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