Summer 2018 VOLUME 11 ISSUE 3

Park Pilot is

Director of Media and Publications


Editor-in-Chief Managing Editor Associate Editor


Art Director and Production Manager Graphic Designer

Multimedia Jay Smith Multimedia Manager

Strategic Producer Digital Media

Creative producer Digital Media


I’m happy to announce that this is the 10th anniversary of Park Pilot

magazine and AMA’s Park Pilot program. Park Pilot’s mission is to inspire, inform, and instruct aeromodelers with a focus on safety, camaraderie, and fun! I’m guessing that it won’t be a surprise to anyone reading this to state that the hobby industry is changing and evolving. Some companies have closed and others have been purchased by competing companies.

The changes in our industry have made it more diffi cult to bring you reviews in each issue that fall within the Park Pilot guidelines, being 2 pounds or less and fl ying at 60 mph or less. In the past, we have run occasional reviews of aircraft that are slightly beyond the guidelines, knowing that many readers are full AMA members who add this publication to their membership benefi ts. I also know that those who are Park Pilot Program members likely don’t see the value in having reviews of aircraft that fall beyond the guidelines. With the goal of bringing you the content that you feel is most engaging, I would enjoy hearing from Park Pilot readers regarding the additional feature content, beyond reviews, that you would like to see. Do you most enjoy construction articles, how-to articles, event coverage, or human-interest stories? If you appreciate seeing an occasional review of an aircraft that is in the 2- to 3-pound weight range, I would appreciate knowing that as well. Your input will help to craft the best magazine possible that continues to evolve to best serve our readers. Thanks in advance for your comments and feedback.

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“With the goal of bringing you the content that you feel is most engaging, I would enjoy hearing from Park Pilot readers regarding the additional feature content, beyond reviews, that you would like to see.”

With Contributing Writers Tim Bailiff Jon Barnes Don Belfort Rob Caso Greg Gimlick $QGUHZ *ULI¿ WK


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Chris Savage

Hannah Nieman Dillon Carpenter

Dave Lockhart Ryan Ramsey Dick Sarpolus Don Slusarczyk Jeff Troy Lucas Weakley

Kyle Jaracz Ashley Rauen

Jay Smith Liz Helms

Multirotor Associate Editor Matt Ruddick Staff Writer/Copy Editor

Jennifer Alderman Rachelle Haughn

Rob Kurek

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