In 1949, a group of 11 very enthusiastic modellers assembled to form an organization for those interested in model aviation. Their vision was for an association to officially represent the aircraft modeling fraternity in Canada.
Today, the Model Aeronautics Association of Canada has grown from that group of 11 to a body of Canadian modelers over 13,000 strong, representing all facets of this exciting hobby, from the Atlantic to the Pacific. In 1995 we were proud to have inducted these 11 founding members into our MAAC Hall of Fame.
The Model Aeronautics Association of Canada is the Official Governing Body for Model Aviation in Canada, acting as a liason to government agencies, such as Industry Canada (formerly Department of Communications) with regard to radio frequencies and their use in radio controlled models, as well as representing our internationally competitve modelers to the Fédération Aéronautique International (FAI) through the Aero Club of Canada. MAAC also provides liability insurance to its members and chartered clubs, among many other membership benefits.
Representation to MAAC is made by the members of thirteen different zones through zone directors. A Zone Director is elected from each zone, by their fellow modelers/MAAC members, at an Annual Zone Meeting (AZM). These Zone Directors make up the Board of Directors for the Association, which, in turn, makes policy and guides the direction of MAAC for its members. The Board meets once per year at the Board of Directors Meetings, held in conjunction with the Annual General Meeting (AGM).
From the Board, an Executive Committee is elected, including the President, Vice President, Past President, and two committee members. These five individuals work closely with the office in the day-to-day running of the organization.
To deal with various issues and facets of the hobby, MAAC has formed committees. To head these committees, the Board of Directors appoints Committee Chairmen, one for each committee. Various disciplines of model aviation, organized into areas of competition, are represented by committees. Each of these committees is responsible for creating and updating a Rule Book for that discipline, to guide sanctioned competition in Canada.
Six times per year, MAAC publishes a magazine, Model Aviation Canada to keep the members in touch with their organization, club activities, and each other.