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140 Model Aviation AUGUS T 2013
Bill Pritchett, education director of
AMA, told me about a District III
club, the Fairmont Flyers of Fairmont,
West Virginia, that was doing great
things with model aviation education.
For several years, the club has teamed
up with the NASA office in Fairmont
to educate students about aviation. He
suggested I check it out and present
the club with an AMA Education
Upon my arrival I was greeted by the
Bond brothers: Mike, club president,
and Kevin, club secretary.
I met Jamie Ford, student workshop
coordinator, and Todd Ensign,
program manager of the NASA IV
& V Educator Resource Center.
NASA invites middle school students
from every county in West Virginia
to attend scheduled aviation days.
The day includes a classroom session
with simulators and a wind tunnel at
NASA, a trip to the local airport to
observe full-scale aviation, and a trip to
Meredith Field for an RC buddy-box
The NASA educators are grateful
for the Fairmont Flyers because the
buddy-box flying ties classroom
knowledge together and the students
get to fly. The program educates
hundreds of middle school kids about
general aviation and model aviation.
Thank you Fairmont Flyers for
donating your club’s field and your
time and talents to educate these
students. Who knows, one day
these kids may be future astronauts,
aerospace engineers, or model aviators.
On Saturday, August 4, 2012, I
attended a Giant Scale fly-in sponsored
by the Miami Valley RC Club
(MVRCC). This event is held in the
scenic Miami Valley area, roughly 20
miles north of Cincinnati near Lebanon,
I was impressed by a nice, 300-
foot paved runway with an additional
300 feet of grass. After a brief pilots’
meeting by CDs Rob Duley and Jim
Martin, the flying began.
The weather was beautiful and
attendance was strong with every
airplane imaginable from World War I
and II warbirds to all kinds of aerobatic
aircraft and everything in between.
MVRCC has a huge clubhouse where
hamburgers and hot dogs kept everyone
fed. The club usually holds this annual
fly-in on the first Saturday of August.
If you’re looking for a great Giant Scale
fly-in to attend in a beautiful scenic
location, I recommend this annual
Mark Radcliff (R) presents an AMA Education
Award to the Fairmont Flyers’ president, Mike
Bond. NASA employees (L-R) Eric Sorton, Todd
Ensign, and Jamie Ford look on.
It’s sad to report that politics have
reared their ugly head in our hobby. I
received word that the traditional Labor
Day weekend Dayton Ohio Giant
Scale (DOGS) event and the Cleveland
National Air Show has been canceled
because of the government sequester.
As you may know, the DOGS event
is held on the Wright Patterson Air
Force Base in Dayton and has been one
of the premier District III events. The
Cleveland show is primarily a full-scale
air show; however, the model airplane
clubs in that area have traditionally
flown demonstrations during the air
Because of government cutbacks,
these events were canceled. This is a sad
day for model aviation. These events
bring in thousands of visitors and their
dollars to the economy surrounding
Dayton and Cleveland, and educate
the public about model and full-scale
aviation. Let’s hope this will be the only
year these events and others will have
to face this situation.
NASA employees don’t just talk flying to
visiting students, they also participate. Mike
Bond, club president, is on the buddy box with
NASA employee Jamie Ford.
Until next month, fly and have fun!
Top Gun competitor John Boyko shows his
award-winning Pitts Special to a group of
interested observers at the MVRCC fly-in.
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