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Old 01-04-2004, 08:06 AM   #1
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It was great so see Ian's post on MAAC, as we need more members like him to take an active interest in MAAC, in the mean time, let us give the board members a hand for the next AGM by showing them what is important to us as MAAC members, it is clear that the volunteers of MAAC don't have the time or the funds to do everything so let us provide some direction by what is improtant to you.

If you would list your top 3 items of importance that MAAC should focus on, it can be a starting point for the next AGM.

You can chose from the list below or add your own. If have other items, send them to me or list them and I'll add them to the list.

Pick three

a) insurance
b) magazine
c) web site
d) frequencies
e) National contests - "The Nats"
f) National Fly In
g) flying sites
h) regional contests
i) regional fly ins
j) safety programs & safety rules
k) liaison with Transport Canada
l) flight training programs
m) product development
n) FAI teams
o) FAI world championships
p) zone contests
q) zone fly ins
r) members discounts at hobby shops
s) bulk glow fuel buy
t) national flight center
u) contest rules
v) record (times not 45's or lp's) keeping
w) museum
y) archives
z) FAI fund raising
a1) zone promotion of MAAC
b1) national promotion of MAAC
c1) hobby industry participation
d1) sport canada recognition
e1) promoting the hobby to youth
f1) liason with other aviation groups
g1) provide structure to the hobby
h1) funding for events - competition flyers and sport flyers

xx) the entire list if you must but then name some priorities
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Old 01-04-2004, 08:08 AM   #2
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For me it is:
1. insurance
2. frequencies
3. laison with Transport Canada
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Old 01-04-2004, 08:26 AM   #3
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Now here is the opportunity for some positive input. My personal situation and health will only allow me involvement with MAAC on a club level which I feel strongly about supporting! Here are my three choices:

1. Flight Training Programs.

2. Safety Programs and Safety Rules.

3. Flying Sites.
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Old 01-04-2004, 08:35 AM   #4
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1. Department of Communications (Frequencies)

2. Transport Canada (Airspace)

3. Liason with other aviation groups

4. Insurance

5. Sport activities

6. Competition activities

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Old 01-04-2004, 09:14 AM   #5
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Please dont forget "promoting the hobby to youth" which many feel isnt necessary and/or of any merit.

Kids that get the model airplane bug early WILL either continue with it, or come back to it after they get a bit older and get a job. Trust me, I have witnessed it first hand.

Everything on that list has merit and is valuable, but my main three are.. well, I cant seem to pick just three... Thats not fair IMO, as there are more than 3 that are absolutely required to keep this hobby going.
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Old 01-04-2004, 09:16 AM   #6
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Very difficult to pick only three when there are
so many important issues to choose from, here goes.



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Old 01-04-2004, 09:50 AM   #7
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To pick only 3 would leave out too many topics that have equal importance for me. It would take at least 10, listed in order of importance, to get a true picture.

Of course, insurance is a no-brainer.
And the magazine is the most important reporting media, another absolute neccesity. Throw the website in with that too, although the magazine is more accessible for most.
Liason with Transport Canada and the dept of comunications are also imperitave.
After the above,
Competition activities (all)
Promotion to youth
Regional, Zone, and National Fly-ins.
Safety Programs

There's more, but I can't think of them just now.

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Old 01-04-2004, 10:34 AM   #8
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Picking 3 is difficult. I think we all pick insurance as the first but for me I think MAAC gives structure to our hobby.
It organizes us into groups, clubs, zones. It categorizes our different areas of interest, sets the rules and limitations/guidelines for each category with regard to safety and competition. I can go to any club in Canada and except for slight local diferences, I can fly and feel confident that as long as I follow the MAAC rules, I won't be alienated or turned away. It gives us a common starting point and common goals.

MAAC represents me in negotiating and acquiring insurance, frequency allocations with Industry Canada, with AMA and other international relations, and nation wide promotion of the hobby, all of which I could never handle on my own.

So in summary, I think my pick is all the entries in the list....if that is allowed.
If a little is good and more is better, too much is just right!

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Old 01-04-2004, 10:54 AM   #9
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let's give MAAC a hand

Ken,thanks for the compliment.Our zone directors are concerned with lack of participation on MAAC issues from the membership,well,I'm getting involved.
I like your list of important issues to choose from.I have two,
A- the entire list
B- mechanism to prevent motions/resolutions/recommendations to have all funding going to compition groups only and leaving no funds for the sport flyer.

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Kens list is only the tip of the iceberg. As Ken says gather them up and submit them to him. Take the time to include your reasoning as to why you think they are important. Then come this AGM hopefully he could bring them to the AGM and personally present this compilation to the board on all of your behalf’s. That would go a long way towards setting the example of becoming involved.

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