Member Update March 2017

Screen Shot 2017 03 20 at 2.29.24 pmThis year has commenced with a flying start for our MAAA community, with so many exciting opportunities for our members to soar and excel in this amazing sport loved by many. In 2017, we are focussed on growing our sport, providing our members with the best flying facilities and support, while encouraging member participation and engagement.

For 75 years, the MAAA has been Australia’s largest flying organisation, welcoming and nurturing our members young and old as well as creating a strong sense of community and camaraderie around aeromodelling.

As it gets closer to membership renewal time, it is a good opportunity to remind ourselves about the benefits of being a MAAA member. Our heritage and the shared knowledge amongst our 10,000+ members and 330+ clubs enables us to deliver the best flying experience in Australia. As a MAAA member access:

  • Better training programs and a Wings proficiency scheme to get you up to speed and in the air faster
  • Largest range of modelling disciplines from radio control, aerobatics, jets to FPV flying which MAAA holds a CASA Exemption so our members can operate outdoors legally (just to name a few)
  • Safer flights with more robust operating procedures and a proactive incident investigation system
  • Access to more events for pilots and spectators to attend both in Australia and overseas
  • A strong spirit of camaraderie to support you from the largest Australian aeromodelling community
  • The most comprehensive insurance for aero-modellers in Australia with no excess (see below)
  • The only organisation that enables you to fly competitively on the international stage
  • The only industry body that works with CASA and the government to protect your sport.

From an insurance perspective, the MAAA provides the most comprehensive insurance for aeromodellers in Australia (at less than $10.00 per member) with no excess. We also provide Personal Accident Insurance with no age limits and Automatic insurance coverage of flying field equipment and structures up to $10,000. The MAAA Insurance policies and cover are fully visible by anyone via the MAAA website.

MAAA Bronze and Silver Wings Proficiency for Fixed Wings Model Animation

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Committed to helping members and clubs get more out of our sport, the MAAA has developed the MAAA Bronze and Silver Wings Proficiency for Fixed Wing Models animation. This educational animation brings the flight school to your screen, offering ease and convenience for our pilots who are just thinking about gaining their wings. The collective knowledge of thousands of members helps clubs to provide the best advice, instructors and knowledge base, so you can safety learn to fly and enjoy the thrill of your sport. The skies are the limit when it comes to training, whether you undertake pilot training, get your wings or even become an inspector or instructor.

You can check out the animation on the MAAA website by clicking here.

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2017 Club Assistance Scheme

Just a reminder that the 2017 Club Assistance Scheme is now open and closes on 31st March. The MAAA understands that for the future of our sport, it is vital that we invest in our clubs, their model aircraft flying fields, as well as providing funds for the purpose of improving club facilities. Over the past three years, the scheme has distributed $150,000 to clubs across the country.

One of the many clubs which has benefited from the scheme is the Warwick Aero Modellers Club. With the assistance of the Club Assistance Scheme, the club received $5,500 in 2016, which has gone towards the development of their field, as well as fencing around their club site.

Some examples of projects the Club Assistance Scheme can help clubs with include;

  • Light construction projects- club house building extensions, safety and or/security fencing, pilot boxes, set up or maintenance benches.
  • Asset Purchases-storage containers, lawn mowers, water tanks, irrigation systems, solar power, windsocks, first-aid kits, trainer aircraft
  • Earthworks- grading services, purchase of soil and road base, grass seeds and fertilisers, trees and plants.
  • Activities- open days, advertisements, trophies and prizes, hire of portable facilities, electricity generators, temporary seating and temporary shade structures.
  • Administration- club establishment costs, council development applications, acoustic engineering reports, environmental impact assessments
  • Emergency Assistance- expenses faced by clubs which might require assistance as a result of flood, fire, disasters or criminal activities (break-ins, vandalism, theft, which may not be covered under the MAAA Property Insurance).

To learn how to apply click here. The 2017 application form is also available from here. If you need some help, call your state organisation or the Secretary of the MAAA, Kevin Dodd at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Don’t forget to get your applications in by the 31st March.

A Tribute to one of Free Flight's Finest

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Fascinated with flight and the dynamics of how things flew was what first attracted the avid aviation enthusiast Gary Sunderland to the sport of aeromodelling. Finding his wings from a young age, Gary had a long standing career in the aviation industry as an aeronautical engineer with the Commonwealth Aircraft Factory, before taking up roles as safety inspector and air accident investigator with CASA.

To add to his impressive resume, he was a full size glider pilot and also took on the role as Editor and Technical Editor of Gliding Australia and was a WW1 aviation historian and light aircraft pilot. Gary passed away on 3 November, 2016 doing what he loved- flying. To read more about Gary’s love of flying and career in aviation, read the full version of the article here.

Have fun, fly safe: Upcoming 2017 Events

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Maryborough Aeromodellers Club and the Queensland Turbine Flyers Association will host the Jets over Fraser Coast event from June 16-18 at the Maryborough flying field. The general public and local community are welcomed to attend. For more information, visit Jets over Fraser Coast.

The 2017 ImpulseRC Australian Drone Nationals will take place from the 5th-9th July on the Gold Coast. This is Australia's premier First Person View (FPV) Drone Racing National event. For more information, visit Australian Drone Nationals Facebook Event.

Queensland Turbine Flyers Association’s Annual QTFLY-In will take place from 8am Friday 11 August - Sunday 13 August at the Goondiwindi Airport. The annual event, hosted by the Goondiwindi Model Aero Club and Goondiwindi Regional Council, helps promote, develop and foster the flying of radio controlled turbine aircraft in Queensland, catering to the interests of jet, turbo prop and turbine helicopter pilots. For more information, visit their Facebook page Queensland Turbine Flyers.

The 2017 NSW Control Line National Championships will take place at Twin Cities, Albury from the 30th September-2nd October 2017. The event will feature speed, racing and combat. For more details, visit the Control Line Aircraft Society's website or Facebook page.

The skies of Norfolk Island will be ablaze with colour and soaring acrobatics as the Tingalpa Model Aero Club Inc (TMAC) hold their the annual Norfolk Island Fly-In- Allen Danvers Challenge from 21-28 October. For more information, visit Tingalpa Model Aero Club.

The annual Warbirds over Mundijong event, hosted by the Kalamunda Aeronautical Model Society will take place on Sunday 2nd April and will see skilled pilots thrill and entertain crowds with their impressive warbird models from WW1 through to today’s military aircraft. For more information, please visit their website.

Tingalpa Model Aero Club will host the annual Queensland Turbine Flyers Association, Tingalpa Turbine Day on 2nd April at their field at Minippi Parkland from 8-2pm. Families and friends are all welcome to watch the aerial spectactular. For more information visit their club website Tingalpa Model Aero Club.

To see more upcoming events see the MAAA website events or Facebook events calendar or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to get your club's event added to the website.

We are always looking for any good news stories coming out of our clubs who are doing a great job at supporting and retaining their members. We would love to publicise your success stories and share this knowledge with other clubs. Please send all your stories to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Happy, safe flying

Best Regards

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