First look at AMA’s Beta Model Airplane and Ways to Improve Its Performance

Newly admitted SAM 8 Model Airplane Club member, Bill Jung, and I, David Higgins, spent a memorable day last week trimming out his newly acquired AMA Beta.

We’ll go through all the events of that day and will report back via a web page on this site outlining what we found and will also give you information about the modifications we made to Bill’s plane that nearly sent it O.O.S. even though it was a rather cold day in Washington State.

With some help from Jeff Nisley, we together researched items that a “Newbie” to this hobby can send for at the same time you order your Beta. These items and some instructions we provide will enable you to make similar upgrades to your model so you can begin to enjoy the awesome performance we enjoyed.

On this new web page we will give some advice on a better propeller and propeller shaft situation that in our experience, makes all the difference in added performance. (Did I mention it almost went O.O.S.?)

Currently the Beta is out of stock at the AMA website, however we know of a place that currently has some and at a more favorable price.

So by all means, don’t delay. Visit our new web page, and as always fair winds and thermals.

AMA’s New Beta Model Airplane — Improve Its Performance by Making a Few Modifications

Webmaster’s Note: The link to this page can also be found on our site’s main navigation bar at the top under the name IMPROVE THE AMA BETA.

Gliders Group Forum is the latest category added to “Galleria of Gliders”

Gliders Group Forum is the latest category added to “Galleria of Gliders” and it is designed to get people talking and thinking about all aspects of model gliders, from the most basic chuck and catapult gliders to some of the current ARF/RTF radio controlled gliders.

Topics may include glider aerodynamics, balsa wood selection, construction techniques, glider design parameters, flight trimming, etc. We want to have a free exchange of ideas to benefit everyone, especially those who are new to this aspect of aeromodelling.

For instance, suppose someone has a problem with their catapult glider looping during the catapult phase and wants suggestions on how to solve this problem.

I or someone else may suggest that they warp the trailing edge of the stabilizer down around 1/64” to 1/32” and remove some clay from the nose of the glider and try launching it again, and someone else may have another useful suggestion that worked for them. 

Another person may have a suggestion on some building technique that they used relating to gliders and wants to pass that “tribal” knowledge on to others. 

So come see what all the HUBBUB is all about . . .

NOTE: The dictionary defines HUBBUB as a situation in which there is much noise, confusion, excitement, and activity.

Doesn’t that describe a Rowdy Group of Glider Enthusiasts at a Flying Event Chucking their Gliders?

Go to GLIDERS GROUP FORUM. You’ll be glad you did.