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By Trevor Smith

Due to business commitments Terry Scolari has stepped down from his role as AEFA president and at the AEFA AGM held during NEFR 2017 I accepted the position of AEFA president.  All other Committee Members retained their positions with Terry taking on the role as Committee Member representing Queensland.

We have just successfully completed another NEFR and the results are contained within this magazine.  However events such as NEFR, the F5J Trophy and the raffle to support the Aussie F5J team in Slovakia don't just happen and as a participant in these events I'd like thank the AEFA committee, host clubs and prize sponsors for making these events a success.   Thanks to the generous cash donations and your support in buying tickets, the raffle raised $2,850 to support the Aussie F5J team. The event calendar is growing and it would be remiss of me if I didn't thank all those clubs who continue to take the time and effort to support our hobby buy hosting events throughout the year.

Like many others I returned to model flying after retirement, in my case after a break of 28 years.  While the technology has certainly changed from the JR Jeep 2 channel AM radio and Aeroflyte Capella I started with, what hasn't changed is the way flyers readily assist each other with everything from learning to fly, building tips, emergency repairs, spares, and of course finding that lost model.  This social aspect is a big part of hobby for me and I suspect for many others and  participating in events and learning from others has certainly helped me up that steep learning curve. If you haven't participated in a competition I urge you to do so. I was a bit apprehensive in my first F5J comp with my 2m foamy but found everybody is treated as equal regardless of skill level or model type. Get in and give it a go, you won't be disappointed.

At the AGM I boldly stated 'there will be changes' perhaps more to settle the nerves than to suggest an immediate way forward.  F5J is a runaway success and will only continue to grow.  But are there other events you would like to see at NEFR (any chance of Bixler pylon races?), perhaps more postal comps, or more EOT events.  Your suggestions and feed back is appreciated so please don't hesitate to contact an AEFA committee member.

Until next time...Trevor Smith

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