The Chet Lanzo Centennial SAM Champs

Sunday 14th September through Friday 19th September 2014

At the AMA Muncie Indiana International Flying Center


With a mostly fine week a little over 100 competitors celebrated Chet Lanzo's Centenial with a full slate of flights and several other events, including a Bean Feed on the field and an awards Banquet. Here are the flight results and champions;

Free Flight Results

RC Results


The 2014 SAM Champs will celebrate the Centennial of SAM Hall of Fame member Chet Lanzo 1914 -1989: Biography

Registration will be on Sunday, 14 September at the HQ motel from 12 Noon to 6 PM and the flying events will run from Monday 15th September to Friday 19th September at the AMA International Flying Center.

April Update;

Registration is now open and the Entry Form may be found and printed; clickhere

Many members have been concerned about our usual choice of Muncie hotels and after a study of current reviews we have decided to make the Hampton Inn and Suites the HQ hotel. They have a meeting room and we shall hold registration there. Unfortunately it is rather more expensive than we have been accustomed so we decided to identify a second less expensive hotel also with excellent reviews; The Super 8.

SAM nightly rates are;

Hampton Inn ~ (765)-288-8500

King bed ~ $101,

Two Queen beds ~ $110

King Suite ~ $120

Super 8 ~ ( 765)-286-4333

Single ~ $50

Double ~ $ 55

In both cases you MUST specify “SAM” to get these rates and registration must be made before August 14 th . Telephone booking is the preferred method to ensure getting the right rate.

Thanks to Luther Peters and his daughter for this year's excellent logo and Lanzo medal design.

As you already know we are making these Champs a special Chet Lanzo Centennial celebration awarding a special recognition for the top Lanzo model in each event. To further entice you to “Fly Lanzo” we will award a medal for every model flown in competition. We then want Lanzo flyers to wear all their medals at the Banquet and stand for a special photograph opportunity to be featured in a future Speaks.

Many among you are also engine collectors and we want you to know the MECA Expo XV will be held the Friday through Sunday before the Champs at the AMA McCullough Education Facility, where we will be holding our President’s Reception on Sunday evening.

The MECA program is their Members Reception Friday evening with the Member’s meeting, Expert Presentations, Engine displays and engine running on Saturday. Their Saturday evening banquet will be held in the Delaware Country Club. The Collecto is Sunday morning, also in the McCullough room. For more information see their website; or email Bill Mohrbacher

Dave Harding, 2014 Champs Manager

The Free Flight Contest Director is former SAM President Jim O'Reilly

RC Contest Director is 2006 and 2010 RC Glow Champion Mike Salvador assisted by Glen Poole as Electric CD. Mike and Rosalia are shown here at the Muncie Champs.

Tina and Chuck Kime are once again the Registrars as they were in 2010.

Here is Tina with husband and co-registrar Chuck Kime and Eut Tileston and at the 2009 Boulder City Champs. Chuck Kime is the 2014 Concours Manager

The rest of our management team includes Midwest VP Andy Latowski, Former Champs Contest Manager Dave Meriwether and 2010 Champs Management veterans Dick Bartkowski and Colin Widdison

We will hold a President's Reception on the registration Sunday evening 14th September at the Claude McCullough education center at AMA Museum site as we did in 2010.

The Bean Feed will be held on the Tuesday under a tent on the AMA flying site and will include the Engine Raffle which is once again run by Treasurer Ron Boots.

The Swap Meet, Concours and Membership meeting will be held on Wednesday 17th at the Horizon Center as will the Friday evening Banquet.

Schedule of Events

  Sunday Sept 14th          
  2:00 to 4:00 pm   Motel Check-in and Contestant Pack Pickup   Hampton Inn and Suites  
  7:00 to 8:30 pm   President’s Reception/Cash Bar   AMA McCullough Room and Museum  
  Monday 15th          
  8:00 am to 4:30 pm   Flying Events   AMA Flying Site  
  8:00 pm to 9:30 pm   Board of Director’s Meeting   Hampton Inn  
  Tuesday 16th          
  8:00 am to 4:30 pm   Flying Events   AMA Flying Site  
  11:30 am to 2:00 pm   Ladies Country Club lunch   Delaware Country Club  
  7:00 pm to 9:00 pm   Bean Feed and Engine Raffle   AMA Flying Site  
  Wednesday 17th          
  8:00 am to 4:30 pm   Flying Events   AMA Flying Site  
  6:30 pm to 8:30 pm   Swap Meet and SAM Concours Event*   Horizon Convention Center  
  8:30 pm to 9:30 pm   Membership Business Meeting   Horizon Convention Center  
  Thursday 18th          
  8:00 am to 4:30 pm   Flying Events   AMA Flying Site  
      Member’s Free Evening      
  Friday 19th          
  8:00 am to 4:00 pm   Flying Events   AMA Flying Site  
  6:30 pm to 9:00 pm   Awards Banquet/Cash Bar   Horizon Convention Center  


Chet Lanzo's Centennial Models of the Year

The Models of the Year for 2014 will be any Lanzo design in celebration of Chet's Centennial. We shall be awarding Plaque decals for the top Lanzo model in each event and a commemorative pin for every flyer of a Lanzo model that provides or presents for a digital photograph. We expect a magnificent photo montage in Speaks following the Champs.

Chet's popular designs include rubber, ignition/glow powered and a glider that may be flown in free flight and RC events. Some of them are;

Chet Lanzo's Models
Rubber Ignition/Glow Glider
1933 Cabin
Classic Cabin or Wake
Championship Stick
Duplex Cabin or Wake
Puss Moth
Record Breaker

Plans, kits and short kits are available from SAM's traditional suppliers including;

Jim O'Reilly Model Plans

Bob Holman Plans

Klarich Custom Kits

Academy of Model Aeronautics Plans Service

See Vendors on the SAM web site for additional sources.


2014 Champs Contest Manager Dave Harding