AMA recognizes three age groups – Juniors , Seniors and everything else called simply Open. The reason we encourage our younger fliers is obvious, which is why there is a double classification.
But since we are all getting older, at an increasingly alarming rate, there are many mature fliers among our ranks (me included). In fact, other sports recognize their older participants, including golf and sailing, to name a few. The same, in my opinion, could apply to AMA free flight as well, recognizing the achievements (records, winnings) of fliers in this group. In the case of winnings, recognition could amount to a hand shake – as our basements are bulging with assortments of old dusty awards.
A nice name would be Masters, since Seniors is already taken.
If this point of view is accepted, then there is a question of the initiation age. Some think that 60 is too young, while 70 is too old. 65, which is the standard retirement age, or the age you qualify for medicare, seems like a reasonable choice.
It has been said that three things keep us going: Motor cycles, Walstons and Viagra. Maybe a Masters age category could help as well?