Joe Glemba ( email@example.com), an AMA member since the early 1970s, built his own private RC airstrip on his property in Charleroi, Pennsylvania, after his flying club, the
Missed Approach club, lost its field after 30 years. Without a
place to fly, he invited the few remaining members to fly at his
Joe submitted this photo of his grandson, Tyler Glemba, age
2 when the photo was taken, next to lifelong club member
Mark Bowman. Joe went on to say:
“[Tyler] mimics what we do at the field. When he shows
up, he greets whoever is there by their name and goes directly
to the clubhouse and asks for his airplanes, which are any old
wrecked planes that the guys give him. He then asks for his
radio, which is an old JR radio that doesn’t work. He doesn’t
know that though. He then carries his foamie wreck and sets it
on the ground and pretends to fly!
“As you can see, he is a seasoned RC pilot by the way he
holds his transmitter and has his thumbs on the controller.
He just lately has been pretending to fly other people’s planes
and seems to know that the one setting on the ground doesn’t
fly. You can tell by the picture that he is just as in control of
Mark’s glider as Mark is. His concentration is not fake. He
thinks he is flying!
“He is our little ‘mascot’ of the field. Everyone enjoys Tyler
and he is the first thing they ask about when they show up. He
gets everyone’s airplane remains when they wreck. Usually the
tail feathers survive most crashes, and [they] made a great toy
RC plane for him to push around when he was younger.
“I can say that with that [picture], you can see the future of
RC aviation will live on through those little eyes focused on
that plane in the sky!”
Tyler is the third generation in the family to fly. His father,
Beau, flies as well.
Joe used his Motorola cellphone to capture the photo of
Tyler and Mark. The f-stop was f/2.2 with an ISO of 80, at 1/187
Joe maintains a community-based website for RC
enthusiasts called RCNeighborhood.com that is filled with
model airplane photos and, of course, more photos of
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163 Model Aviation DECEMBER 2015