Originally Posted by Thomas B
The AMA's Park Pilot membership was discussed at some length before giving it a try and it was not nearly as controversial as this issue will be.
Sorry Sir: Mongo in Post #213 is entirely correct. The Park Pilot was a "Done Deal" before even the EC was truly informed of the program. When they got real wind of the program then they all fell into line and became good children.
The Park Pilot Program was simply another "Lay it on 'em!" like this SUV - FPV - UAS, or whatever it is called program that satisfies the AMA's folks to get a bunch of money in the pot from the people in the business. Take a look at the Jan. 2014 Model Aviation.
Don't miss page 95, 96 & 97. Great to read but simply a sales job for FPV, and check that several spots are there to illustrate that these fellows are there, NOT BECAUSE THEY ARE HOBBYSTS, but simply looking for a target to sell their wares to. The first paragraph of the page 97 Text lays it on the line. For one like me that pays much attention to what is NOT said as to what is said, well they rather, IMO, really smack those that promoted model aviation, as it was back in the early days, mostly 1930s, 1940s.
The entire magazine pushes for the advertisers, and most articles are pushing new stuff much more-so than trying to illustrate the joy of aeromodeling for all hobbyists past, present, and future. I still say the Horizon and AMA ad. inside front cover and page one throw Safety out the window as far as youth readers are concerned. They're gonna' get the bearded kid in the crotch if they keep trying.
Bob Brown must have a ghost writer. First ever really neat column from him, IMO! Last 3 statements: 1. EC updating Bylaws. Wonder who has pushed that for some 10 years past?
2. Big Event for all kinds of modeling. Wonder where? 3. EC and AMA staff working in innovative positive direction? WOW! Working for WHAT?