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Frank Tiano, Candidate for AMA President

Discussion in 'AMA and FAA Discussions' started by Bartman, Jul 23, 2016.

  1. Bartman

    Bartman Defender of the Noob!

    Frank Tiano is a name you've probably heard of, after all he's been competing in and winning scale contest for decades and is the event coordinator for a number of very successful scale and jet events that have been running for many years.

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    And now Frank Tiano wants your vote for AMA President.

    Here's the catch, his name didn't make it onto the ballot so he's running as a write-in candidate. His statement is below but know this, if you choose to vote for him (and I hope you will) YOU WILL NEED TO WRITE HIS NAME ON THE BLANK LINE FOR AMA PRESIDENT WHEN YOU RECEIVE YOUR OFFICIAL BALLOT IN THE MAIL. Only full adult members can vote and you can only vote on your original official ballot.

    A write-in candidate has won in the past so let's do what we can to help Frank win this time around!

    Here is his official statement;
    I’m just a regular guy who’s been blessed with making a living from the Hobby / Sport that I love so dearly! If you’re interested, my story is probably not far different than most of yours. I learned to fly RC in ‘72 and by 1974 was a frequent contestant in the many pattern and scale contests held up and down the East Coast.

    Sometime around 1973 I started writing for Flying Models magazine, and by 1976 was doing contributing articles for many other magazines as well. I’ve been fortunate to have been published in Radio Control Modeler (RCM), Model Airplane News (MAN), Flying Models, Model Aviation, RC Report, Scale RC Modeler and Fly RC Magazine.

    In 1979, I formed an alliance with House of Balsa and Robart Mfg. and we called ourselves “Sticky Group International”. Together we introduced a product called ZAP, a form of super glue, for the modeling industry. That product line still thrives today.

    In the late 80’s I found myself wishing for just a little “more” from scale competitions. In 1989 I started a scale competition event, hoping to bring worldwide attention to aero modeling. My vision to this end would be called Top Gun; an invitational event supported by the industry, featuring some of the most talented builders and skilled RC pilots in the world. I’m very fortunate. Top Gun has been a phenomenal success, much to make the public aware of how exciting and fun modeling can be. Based on the success and popularity of Top Gun, I used the same formula to start other events: Florida Jets, 12 O’Clock High and Red Flag. One of these events, Florida Jets, has become one of the largest, non-competitive, jet-togethers in the world.

    In addition, my company, FTE, has donated cash and prizes to many AMA-sanctioned events throughout the U.S.A. I have been instrumental in developing the AMA prize program at their annual trade show and have featured their presence at both Top Gun and Florida Jets.

    Because of the experience gained in both the Hobby Business and Directing 4 huge modeling events, for almost 40 years, I believe I am more than qualified to be your new AMA President. I have been an AMA Contest Director for 28 years, an Associate VP in District 5, I am a Leader Member, an Experimental Aircraft Inspector aa well as a member of the AMA Hall of Fame. I know I have the Right Stuff to get the job done, meaning; to facilitate what the membership really wants. I feel I can be instrumental in helping to streamline some AMA procedures, cut some waste, without sacrificing service and make the organization one that people will be proud to say they are a member of. I have plans to attract more youngsters, to streamline some programs to make them palatable for more experienced members and to offer a respected voice when our “Rights” are challenged. I’m good at fixing things, and tend to surround myself with real experts in the fields I am dealing with. I do NOT claim to “Know Everything” but I sure as heck “Know” how to get those who DO Know, to work alongside me for the same goals. And for the AMA to grow in the way it should, we need that kind of leadership.

    I mentioned youngsters. I strongly believe enough is not being done to show them how challenging, and rewarding, model aviation can be. I’d like to develop an event, or events, that offer young people a chance to do something with their hands, and minds, and experience the excitement of watching something they’ve created soar! I eat, breathe and sleep model airplanes and run a successful hobby related business. Let me work for You and Yours.

    Our organization is “The Academy of Model AERONAUTICS”.

    Bottom line, if you’re tired of samo-samo. I’m your guy!

    Most Sincerely,
    Frank Tiano
    Last edited: Jul 23, 2016
    GaryToland, 49dimes, acerc and 5 others like this.
  2. Bartman

    Bartman Defender of the Noob!

    GiantScaleNews.com supports Frank Tiano to be the next AMA President due to Frank's pledge to return the focus of the AMA to traditional aeromodeling activities, his long history as a successful businessman serving our hobby, and due to his accomplishments as a world class scale builder and competitor.
    Last edited: Jul 23, 2016
  3. Oh hell yeah! :yesss:
    Wacobipe and js-rc like this.
  4. kork

    kork 70cc twin V2

    Thumbs up Frank!
  5. Put this as a sticky so we will continue to be reminded @Bartman

  6. I'd like to see more on what he plans to do that is not same o same o.
    kevinjulieevan likes this.
  7. He has my vote! I want the AMA to get back to traditional modeling, I think a guy like Frank would help make that possible.

    Sorry for throwing a little shade, but I have been advocating for awhile now for BB to go, I will definitely write in Frank's name!
    js-rc likes this.
  8. ChickenBalls

    ChickenBalls "Cool Guy"

    brown isn't the only one that needs to go
    RJ 706, 49dimes, Ron Hopping and 2 others like this.
  9. rcbobp

    rcbobp 70cc twin V2

    Someone on another forum posted that write-in votes are not permitted unless the candidate has met certain criteria. Do we know for sure that Frank meets the requirements?
    Last edited: Jul 23, 2016
  10. He's got my vote!

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