SAM Golden Anniversary Gathering

And 2018 Champs 23 rd to 28 th September at the AMA International Flying Site


Although we have been holding the SAM Champs at the AMA site in Muncie every other year since 2002 we don’t get to just pick our dates. So this year, although we made an early summer request for our desired date; one week after Labor Day week in September, we didn’t get it. Apparently events at the site are becoming more popular and it would seem the AMA also look at the scope of the meet when deciding their schedule. So we ended up with our event two weeks later. Perhaps one of the reasons is the diminishing attendance at our Champs compared to other events.


The SAM Board, recognizing this fact still sees a full week Champs as viable, we expect about 50 competitors. So we are encouraging all SAM members to join us in celebrating the Golden Anniversary of SAM by participation in the competition, but also by coming to just to socialize and simply enjoy flying-what-you-bring for fun.


Also, The Flying Aces Club will share the field with us Thursday and Friday so we can enjoy them too.


Furthermore, recognizing a full week at Muncie represents a significant cost, although it is generally an inexpensive town compared to many alternatives, we plan to reduce the cost to members by subsidizing some of the elements.


So we hope many of you will join us to Celebrate SAM’s Champs Golden Anniversary. We will of course hold the full slate of Championship and Special contest events.


The Contest Manager is SAM Midwest VP Tom Boice assisted by Registrar Dave Harding.

Tom Boice, SAM Champs Contest Manager

Here is the preliminary Schedule.




Sunday Sept 23th



4:00 to6:00 pm

Registration, Contestant Pack Pickup

McCullough Room at the AMA Museum

6:00 to 7:30 pm

President’s Reception

Monday 24th



8:00 am to 4:30 pm

Flying Events*

AMA Flying Site

8:00 pm to 9:30 pm

Board Meeting. Members Free Evening

Tuesday 25th



8:00 am to 4:30 pm

Flying Events

AMA Flying Site

7:00 pm to 8:30 pm Museum 7pm till 8pm

Social and Museum and Members Meeting

McCullough Room and the AMA Museum

Wednesday 26th



8:00 am to 4:30 pm

Flying Events

AMA Flying Site

6:30 pm to 8:00 pm

Swap Meet, SAM Concours Event**

McCullough Room

Thursday 27th



8:00 am to 4:30 pm

Flying Events

AMA Flying Site


Members Free Evening


Friday 28th



8:00 am to 4:00 pm

Flying Events

AMA Flying Site

7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Awards Banquet/Cash Bar

Delaware Country Club

*Fun flying may take place at Free Flight and RC sites when coordinated with the Contest Director so as to avoid interference with contest flights.


** Spirit of SAM Concours will be held in four categories: Free Flight Power, Free Flight Rubber, Radio Control and Miss Seldom Seen. There will also be an award for Best in Show.