The 2016 SAM Champs

Registration Sunday 25th and flying Monday 26th through Friday 30th

At the AMA Muncie Indiana Flying Site

Registration will be on Sunday,25th September at the AMA Museum's McCullough Room; Noon to 6 PM and the flying events will run from Monday 26th September to Friday 30th September at the AMA International Flying Center.

Update July 15th 2016

The Muncie Baymont Inn has a SAM rate of $45 single or double. Call 765-284-4200, ask for Ellen and the SAM Champs rate.

Update June 23rd 2016

View and download the 2016 SAM Champs Entry Form click here

Update May 12th 2016

Your Champs management team is on schedule to prepare an excellent meeting in September.

Both Free Flight CD Hal Wightman and RC CD Mike Salvador have processed AMA Contest Sanctions and are identifying the on-field support equipment with the AMA. We will organize golf cart rental and the information for this will be on the Entry Form due to be published in the next SAM Speaks.

We have confirmed our Friday evening banquet with the Delaware Country Club, close to the AMA field.

Of course the Champs are an occasion of competition. Indeed our Charter states;
The competition flying of free flight and RC model aircraft of vintage design is intended to be casual, enjoyable and interesting for both competitor and spectator alike.

To that end I would like to highlight some changes to our competition rules embodied in the 2015 edition of the Rule Book that encourage expanded competition and variety.

First; the period that defines the airplanes we fly has been extended to Gas Powered model airplanes designed prior to 1951 plus those designed prior to 1957 showing installation of spark ignition on the original plans. Rubber powered models designed prior to 1951 are categorized as Old Timers.


We hope this will expand the type and number of models flown at the Champs, but we suggest one check the new rule book and be prepared to document your entry’s authenticity.


Furthermore there are expanded opportunities to fly more models more often;

While we will fly most events to the new 2015 rule book there are CD defined variations as they apply to the flying site or other factors. These are summarized below and will be comprehensively defined in the Entry Form in the next Speaks. If you don’t have a copy of the new Rule Book you may download it from the SAM website; or purchase one from SAM. They may be ordered online via the SAM website Bookstore link.

With the reduced participation trend we decided not to define a “Model of the Year” however Andy Latowski suggested we should recognize his old friend and SAM stalwart Joe Dallaire who passed away late last year. Frank and Joe Dallaire were prolific providers of both rubber and gas powered model designs, kits and supplies. You may read about Joe Dallaire on the AMA website at; He was inducted into the SAM Hall of Fame in 2002. You may read about this on the SAM website.

So we shall recognize them in the same way we did for Chet Lanzo at the 2014 Champs. Each competitor flying a Dallaire model in competition will receive a commemorative medal and the best placing Dallaire in each event will receive a special plaque. All Dallaire flyers will be recognized at the Banquet and their picture published in the Champs Results Speaks edition.

(Ned probably has a picture of this which we might show).

Engine Raffle

We have budgeted the Champs activities with the aim to cover the costs with the entry and other fees, which will remain the same as last year. An important part of the program are the funds raised by the Engine Raffle. Ron Boots has done an outstanding job running this activity in prior years. This year Chuck Kime will manage it. As you will read in an accompanying article the Estate of Bob Oslan has already started the program with a donation of a number of outstanding engines. Please support this part of our activities by either donating engines or buying raffle tickets; OR BOTH.

RC Events.

We have had two face to face conversations with the AMA Executive Director Dave Mathewson regarding the possible impacts of FAA requirements on our activities at the Champs. First action required on the part of all RC flyers,( with the possible exception of those who only fly the SoS event ~ under 0.55 lb or 8.8 oz) is to register with the FAA. We shall require the competitor to write his FAA number along with his AMA number on the Safety Declaration form at Registration or on the field prior to flying.

The other big concern is the 400ft altitude limit “guidance”. At the time of writing there is no law passed that mandates such a “limit” and Mathewson’s expectation is our operation will be covered by some form of recognition of the AMA Safety Code etc.

RC CD Mike Salvador wishes to highlight three things at this time.

First we will continue the Rule waiver whereby Brown Jr. models may be flown in both LER and Texaco events. This waiver was brought into effect in the 2010 Champs where the Brown Jr. events were sponsored by Jim Hainen. The result was an outstanding turnout and we hope we will see the same at these Champs.

Second applies to the Speed 400 and Speed 400 Scaled Duration events. Well prepared airplanes for these popular events go out of sight on a three minute motor run, especially for those of us that don’t see as well anymore. Consequently we shall reduce the motor run time to 120 seconds and the max to 10 minutes.

Remember entries in the Concours events must fly to be eligible.

Free Flight Events.

If you flew in the 2014 SAM Champs at Muncie, the format this year is quite similar. We have dropped two events that had had a limited response, namely, compressed air and Atoms only. We’ve added one event that is in the Sam Rule Book, Twin Pusher. We are having a twin pusher mass launch on Thursday at 9 am.


Finally, the Tomboy event was modified to suit the Muncie field. It’s now a precision timed event with each flight ideally 2 minutes. We have set it up for diesels up to 1 cc, Cox reeds up to .049 and electric. There are no fuel restrictions. A contestant is allowed to fly 3 flights per day and his score is the sum of the deviations in seconds, + or - , from 120 for each of the three flights. The lowest deviation for 3 flights for a single day during the week is the winner. If the model lands off the field or is DT’d, flight scores 30 points but counts. Hand Launch is OK.


Any questions for the Champs should be addressed to our team members;

RC; Mike Salvador (732) 246-7940 or Glen Poole (630) 553-7448 for Electric events; the RC CDs

Free Flight; Hal Wightman (267)-905-2508 or George Walter (714)-528-0774, your two FF CD’s.

Engine Raffle and Concours Chuck Kime (610)-833-5256)

Everything else; Dave Harding, Contest Manager (610)-872-1457, 610-800-6012 cell


Here is the current schedule of events which has been updated from that published in the last Speaks.

Flying Schedule
Non Flying Program
Sunday 25th September
Registration followed by Reception at the AMA McCullough Room
Free Flight
Monday 26th  
Class B Fuselage Antique Glow  
Class C Pylon Pure Antique  
Large Rubber Stick 1/2 A Texaco  
Small Rubber Fuselage Electric LMR  
20 Replica O&R Sideport  
Class B/C NosGas   Members open evening
Tomboy (Fly Mon - Fri)   Board Meeting
Tuesday 27th  
Class A Fuselage A Glow LER  
Class B Pylon C Ignition LER  
Small Stick Rubber Brown Jr. Texaco  
Commercial Rubber A Texaco Evening Social in the McCullough Room at the AMA Museum
Class A Nos Gas Electric Texaco
Wednesday 28th  
Class C Fuselage B Glow LER  
Class A Pylon A Ignition LER  
Large Rubber Fuselage Texaco Glow  
4 oz Wakefield Texaco Ignition Swap Meet, Concours, Engine Raffle and Members Meeting in the McCullough Room
Large Nos Rubber Speed 400 Electric
1/4 A Nostalgia Electric Replica
Thursday 29th  
30 Second Antique C Glow LER  
8 oz Wakefield B Ignition LER  
Small Nos Rubber Brown Jr. LER  
1/2 A Nos Gas 1/2 A Scale  
Twin Pusher Mass Launch Old Time Gliders  
OT Hand Launched Glider Electric Wakefield  
OT Catapult Glider   Open Evening
Friday 30th  
Old Ruler & Pre '51 Combined Classic Texaco  
Jimme Allen Ohlsson 23  
OT towline Nostalgia LER S&L Combined  
Rubber Flying Scale Foxacoy  
  Speed 400 Scale Duration Banquet at the Delaware Country Club
  SoS Electric



February 20 Update

We have secured our HQ hotel as the Muncie Super 8with SAM rates of Single; $50 and Double $55. Make your reservations by phone; 765-286-4333 and BE SURE TO ASK FOR THE SAM RATE, tell them Vinnie gave us the rate. If you prefer other Muncie hotels ask them for the AMA rate.




The Management Team

We have the same management team that organized the 2010 and 2014 Muncie Champs; Tina Kime will once again be the registrar so stand up straight and pay attention when she calls you to correct addition or spelling errors on your entry form. The rest of the supporting team will be Chuck Kime, Dick Bartkowski, Colin Widdison and Dave Meriwether.

RC CD will again be Mike Salvador assisted by Rosalie and Andy Latowski with Glen Poole for the electric events.

Free Flight CDs will be Hal Wightman, now from the East Coast and his co-director George Walter, still on the West Coast. This team has managed all elements of SAM Champs for many years.

The Concours CD will once again be Chuck Kime.


With the steadily declining participation at the Champs we are mindful of managing the costs so we can at least break even or maybe put a little back in the SAM coffers. Consequently we have decided not to hold events in the magnificent Horizon Center. It just costs too much. Rather we w hold our registration and following reception in the AMA’s McCullough Room adjacent to the Museum. We will also hold the Swap Meet, Concours and Members’ Meeting there on Wednesday 28 th.

As the meet is later in the month we will not hold the traditional Bean Feed on the field, it just might be too cold. So we are considering alternatives which would allow the members to socialize on one evening, maybe also in the McCullough Room.

We are exploring the Delaware Country Club as the venue for the Friday evening Banquet. MECA held their banquet there and recommend it.


Dave Harding, Contest Manager

4948 Jefferson Drive

Brookhaven, Pa, 19015