On August 16, clubs across District VIII participated in the annual AMA National Model Aviation Day. I was unable to attend any event this year because of a family wedding, but I have several reports from the associate vice presidents on National Model Aviation Day.
Jack Matlock submitted the following:
The Tri-City Flyers held its second annual National Model Aviation Day on August 9, 2014, at Old Kingsbury Aerodrome in Kingsbury, Texas. Thirty-eight pilots brought plenty of airplanes and had a great time. Roughly 50 spectators who enjoyed the flying. The food and cooking was provided by the William M. Randolph American Legion Post 593 in Converse, Texas.
Jim Rice was kept busy buddy boxing first-time pilots on his vintage biplane. The club raised $1,300 which was donated to the Warrior and Family Support Center at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio.
The Tri-City Flyers’ President Rick Corbell welcomed pilots to the event in Kingsbury.
Benny Beherns sent this from the Alvin RC Modelers Association:
Despite the heat, we had 24 pilots registered, many spectators from the local area, and a lot of fun. Boy Scout Troop 452 of Friendswood, Texas, helped with parking and ran the concession stand including serving lunch to pilots and spectators.
Thanks to the participants, spectators, raffle and pilot prizes donated by several club members, along with the contributions and support from many product suppliers, the work of the Boy Scouts, and that of many club members, the event was a great success. We will be donating nearly $1,000 to help support the Wounded Warrior Project.
Flightline and safety coordinators Pete McIntosh and Mike Vawters.
Doug Staines submitted the following:
The Georgetown Aero Modelers Association (GAMA) in Georgetown, Texas, hosted an all-era warbird fly-in on August 16 in celebration of National Model Aviation Day. Several pilots from the GAMA club as well as pilots from the central Texas area brought out some nice warbirds. The GAMA club made sure there was plenty of cold water and sodas to keep everyone hydrated.
Retired Gulf War veteran F-111 pilot Gregg Stevens on the buddy box with a Boy Scout.
Tony Breyen sent me the following from the Wichita Falls Radio Control Club:
We had a great turnout! Our little club had 22 fliers, roughly 12 Boy Scouts from a local troop there to learn there aviation badge, tons of spectators, burgers, hot dogs, fun, prizes, and a raffle. All of the money raised, $720, went to the Wounded Warrior Project.
Cecil Column reported that the Mid Arkansas Radio Control Society participated in the National Model Aviation Day event. There were 33 pilots in attendance and the club raised $1,627, but expect more to come in before the mailing date. I have no photos of the event.
Bill Holland reported that the Tulsa Glue Dobbers had a successful National Model Aviation Day event, taking in $965.11 in donations for the Wounded Warrior Project.
The club offered flight simulator training in an air-conditioned trailer, allowing the spectators a try safe RC flying experience before gearing up on the buddy-box systems. Three fun-fly events were held, providing the crowd with some great entertainment. The host club estimates that roughly 700 spectators were at the event. A great time was had by all, but most of all, the event was on behalf of the Wounded Warrior Project.
Hope to see you all at the field!