Many different competitions are held yearly for aircraft. Some of the most popular include motorized and rubberband-powered aircraft. The Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) often sponsors events in which aircraft are judged.
For over 20 years, Don Butman judged aircraft in many categories including scale models, stand-off scale and motorized airplanes. With over 65 years of dedicated model airplane flying experience, Don earned national recognition for his airplane building, flying precision and fair judging talents.
Stand-Off Scale is a scale model competition class which uses a simplified and quicker standard of performing static judging. The judges "stand off" from the model at a distance of 15 feet. While judging Stand-Off Scale models, only the plane as seen in flight is judged. Judges do not consider design features such as paint or cockpit detail. Stand-Off Scale is considered an entry-level competition, and if you placed in a state or national championship, you can't enter the competition.
Recently, Don's skillful model airplane handi-work was acknowledged by other members of the flying community. Don Butman has earned several awards, and most recently received two awards for aircraft he built. At the AMA Convention held January 2011 at the Ontario Convention Center, Ontario CA, Don Butman won the Pou du Ciel Award for a rubber-band powered craft and First Place for his aerobatic entry.