September 19, 2022
The Kingaroy Aero Modellers Society (KAMS) celebrated the 75th anniversary of the Model Aeronautical Association of Australia with a social fly-in and barbecue on Sunday.
Members of the local association and visitors gathered at the the Bill and Mary McLennan Model Airfield at Booie for a family lunch.
It was also an opportunity for the not-for-profit association, founded in 1983, to hold its annual general meeting.
Re-elected unopposed were president John Box, vice-president Darryl Dove, safety officer Mark Brazier, training and assessment officer Leister Janetzki and treasurer / maintenance team leader Denis Hansen.
The oldest member present on the day was John Johnstone, 79, from Kingaroy, who told southburnett.com.au he had been building model aircraft for “60-odd” years.
“It’s been a lifetime passion,” he said.
On Sunday, John was flying a “Baby Buzzard” model plane powered by a tiny diesel motor running on an ether / caster oil / kerosene mix.
To prove the point that the sport is for the young and not-so-young, KAMS’ youngest member is aged just 17.
President John Box also started in the sport at a young age, flying control line aircraft in Maryborough at the tender age of 13.
KAMS currently has 18 senior members.
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Highlights From The President’s Report
- Leister Janetzki certified Darryl Dove with silver wings and Mark Brazier with gold wings
- After two postponements – due to COVID, rain and wet conditions – the Queensland Precision Aerobatic group visited and conducted a competition on August 27-28.
- Love grass and broad leaf weeds are being removed from the pits area.
- KAMS received an MAAA Club Assistance Grant to replace the two-stroke whipper snipper and blower with battery-powered Stihl units
- Due to the increased use of the battery charging facilities on fly days, the capacity of the solar panels has been enlarged with two extra panels installed and associated switching equipment.
- Ongoing wet weather caused the access track to the field to become impassable on several occasions. Flying became a side event while club members turned to road building. Denis Hansen organised the gravel and Leister Janetzki spread and levelled the gravel with his tractor.
- The club plans to host the SCAF Warbirds on October 22-23 as well as other events for MAAQ flying groups.