|Aug 31, 2008, 10:59 AM|
AMA & Non-AMA Clubs That Are Making History Happen
I'd like to use this thread to publicly thank the clubs below for helping to promote our hobby with supporting the Wings Across America 2008 adventure. I deeply appreciate the effort and time your club members took from their busy schedules in helping to promote the sport/hobby of model aviation.
Below is the list of clubs that we have visited in the order that we have visited them as we travel around the USA. I will update this post as we move along.
We are still looking for pilots in certain areas to help fill in some gaps. If you would like to participate, please visit our website for more details.
The attached photo is our 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011 Collage with all the pilots that have flown the WAA-08 plane in those years.
Clubs Visited In Order
1. Gloucester Area Modelers Association
2. WindWalkers R/C
3. Fluvanna County Radio Control Flying Club
4. Blue Ridge Area Soaring Society
5. Valley RC Flying Club
6. Prince William County R/C Flyers
7. Frederick Model Aircraft Club
8. Pegasus R/C Flying Club
9. First State RC
10. Atlantic County SkyBlazers
11. West Windsor Flying Club
12. JC Sport Fliers
13. Tri-County RC Club
14. Long Island Silent Flyers
15. Pennsylvania Avenue Remote Control Society
16. Metropolitan Sport Squadron
17. GCA Club
18. Flying Hawks R/C Club
19. Binghamton Aeros
20. Country Squire Modelers
21. New Canaan R/C Society
22. Central Connecticut Radio Control Club
23. RC Propbuster
24. Rhode Island Aeromodelers
25. Cape Ann RC Model Club
26. New Hampshire Flying Tigers
27. Rochester R/C Club
28. Rochester Modelers Club
29. Propsnappers Model Club
30. Kennebec Valley Model Aviators
31. The Flying Knights RC Club
32. Paradise R/C Flyers
33. Syracuse Thunderbirds Aero Radio Society
34. Aero Radio Club of Syracuse
35. Oswego Valley Modelaires
36. Hawks R/C Junior Aviators
37. Finger Lake Air Pirates
38. Rochester Aero Modeling Society
39. Jamestown Flying Aces
40. Eagles Thermal G RC Club
41. Greater Pittsburgh ARCS
42. Model Aviation Recreation Society
43. Keystone Clippers
44. Hill Hoppers Flyers
45. Clarksburg Model Aviation Club
46. Jackson County Aeromodelers
47. Princeton Area Radio Kontrol Society
48. Riverside Aeromodelers Society
49. Statesville Model Flyers
50. York County Flyers
51. Piedmont Aeromodelers
52. Flying Tigers RC
53. LARKS RC
54. Charleston Radio Control Society
55. Tri-County RC Flyers
56. Macintosh Fun Flyers
57. Clay County Flyers R/C Club
58. Flying Gators
59. South Land Aero Modelers
60. Seminole R/C Club
61. Chipola R/C Aviators
62. Eglin Aeromodellers
63. Koast Air Modeling Society
64. Northshore R/C Club
65. New Orleans Model Aviation Club
66. Baton Rouge Radio Control Club
67. Lafayette Escadrille RC Flying Club
68. Rice Area Modelers Society
69. Lake Area Radio Kontrol Society
70. Houston Sport Flyers
71. Tri-County Barnstormers R/C Club
72. Brazos Valley RC Modelers
73. Austin Radio Control Association
74. San Antonio Propbusters
75. Kerrville R/C Flyers
76. Georgetown AeroModelers Association Inc.
77. Temple Aero Modelers
78. Texas Model Aeronautics Foundation
79. Teague R/C Club
80. Texas Unlimited Fun Flyers
81. Paris R/C Association
82. Mena R/C Flying Club
83. Central Arkansas Model Aviators Association
84. Mid Arkansas Radio Control Society
85. Piggott Radio Control Model Club
86. St. Louis Radio Control Flying Association
87. Spirit of St Louis Flying Club Inc
88. Rolla Modeler's Association
89. Joplin RC Club
90. Eldorado Springs RC Club
91. R/C Barnstormers Model Airplane Club
92. Wichita Radio Control Club
93. Tornado Alley Model Aviators
94. Baxter Field RC Flying Club
95. West Side R/C Flyers
96. 114th RC Aero Squadron
97. Fort Worth Thunderbirds
98. Weatherford Aero Modeling Society
99. Big Spring Model Airplane Association
100. Cloud Dusters RC Club
101. Stealth City Flyers
102. Alamogordo RCers
103. SOCORRO CHILE PROPPERS
104. Silver Wings R/C Club
105. Rocky Mountain Flying Machine
106. Albuquerque Radio Control Club
107. Rio Rancho Radio Control Club
108. Sky Corral R/C Club
109. Pikes Peak Soaring Society
110. Avarda Associated Modelers
111. South Park Area Radio Control Society
112. Montrose Model Aircraft Association
113. High Country R/C Club
114. San Juan Radio Control Club
115. Lake Powell R/C Modelers
116. Remote Possibilities RC Club
117. Desert Fox Flyer
118. Las Vegas Soaring Club
119. The Rebel Squadron
120. Las Vegas Soaring Club
121. The Desert Hawks RC Club
122. Arizona WingNutz
123. Southern Arizona Modelers
124. Tucson International Modeplex Park Association
125. San Fernando Valley RC Flyers
126. First Weedwacker Aerosqaudron
127. Silent Electric Flyers of San Diego
128. Fallbrook R/C Flyers
129. El Dorado Silent Fliers
130. Orange County Modelers Association
131. San Gabriel Valley Radio Control League
132. Victor Valley R/C Flyers
133. Antelope Valley Tailwinds
134. Channel Island Condors
135. Valley Flyers
136. Simi Valley Flyers
137. Conejo Valley Flyers
138. San Fernando Valley Flyers
139. Fresno Radio Modelers
140. East Bay Radio Controllers
141. Santa Clara County Model Aircraft Skypark
142. Sacramento Valley Soaring Society's
143. SAM 51 (Society of Antique Modelers)
144. Tehama County Condors
145. Northern California R/C Unlimited Flyers Club
146. Jefferson Aero Modelers
147. Rogue Valley Eagles
148. Mt Silverwood RC Model Airplane Club
149. Dusters RC Club
150. Portland Skyknights
151. Flaming Geyser Flyers
152. Mount Rainier Radio Control Society
153. Bell Air RC Flyers
154. Lake Sawyer Hawks
155. Ellensburg R/C Flyers
156. Miniature Aircraft Association
157. Coeur d' Alene Aero-Modeling Society (CAMS)
158. Butte Plane Nutz R/C Club
159. Billings Flying Mustangs
160. Glendive R/C Bush Pilots
161. Sydney Plane Folks
162. Buffalo City Radio Control Squadron
163. Dakota Skymasters
164. Alexandria RC Flyers
165. Minnesota Area Radio Control Electric Enthusiasts'
166. Indian Head Model Airplane Club
167. River City R/C Flyers
168. Sparta Area Model Club
169. Skylarks RC
170. Woodland Aero Modelers
171. Silent Order of Aeromodeling by Radio
172. Iowa City Aero Hawks
173. Cedar Rapids Quiet Flyers
174 Des Moines Modelaires
175 Midwest Performance Flyers
176 Lincoln Sky Knights
177 Grand Island Modelers Association
178 Sterling Miniature Aircraft Association
179 AirPark R/C
180 Cheyenne Radio Control Club
181 Rawlins Prop Nuts
182 Bear River Modelers
183 Falcon RC Club
184 Bridgerland RC
185 Desert Eagles Model Airplane Flying Club
186 Wyoming Modelers' Park
187 Flying Cowboy's R/C Club
188 Gillette Sagehoppers
189 Northern Hills RC Flyers
190 RC Aces
191 RC Propbuster
192 Balsa Bugs
193 Beresford Area Radio Flyers
194 Southern Minnesota Model Aircraft Club
195 Rochester Aero Modelers Society
196 Silver Eagles
197 Chain O Lakes Eagles
198 Suburban RC Barnstormers
199 Chicagoland Radio Control Modelers
200 Deep River R/C Flying Club
201 South Bend RC Club
|Sep 02, 2008, 08:29 AM|
Jefferson aeromodelers?? Is that located at Chatfield state park in Denver?? Nice field.....
Thanks to all the supporters!! I'm definately lookin forward to some low and slow inverted passes w/ the squirt!!!
|Sep 02, 2008, 01:34 PM|
Frank, it would be nice for anyone new to flying or doesn't know, to include in your post what WAA-08 stands for.
Heck I don't even know what it stands for, and I've been messing with this stuff for 3 or 4 years now
|Sep 02, 2008, 04:55 PM|
Hey John, don't be giving anyone any crazy thoughts now, ya hear?
You bet. Silly me. I am so caught up in it, I thought everyone might have heard about it by now.
I'll summarize what our project is about:
A group of model airplane enthusiasts will fly a battery powered radio controlled airplane called a ParkFlyer in all 48 contiguous United States. The name they have given this adventure is Wings Across America 2008 or WAA-08 for short. What sets this project apart from all the others ever attempted or completed is that the pilots will hand deliver the plane from pilot to pilot. The plane will never be shipped by mail to its next destination. This method will be creating a "chain" of pilots that will fly this model airplane all across the United States and back to the starting point. Currently, over 300 pilots have registered to take part in this history making project. The RC community is always looking at ways to promote the hobby and introduce the fun, excitement, and learning opportunities this hobby has to offer to young adults and have come up with an excellent way to showcase this hobby to a lot of Americans.
Our goal is to help promote the hobby and also show young Americans that there is more to do with the hours between school and sleep than TV and videos games.
We also have our own website. It is www.WAA-08.org Lots more info can be found about our adventure there along with our discussions on both RCG and WattFlyer.
|Sep 02, 2008, 05:08 PM|
New Caney TX.
Joined Mar 2002
Sounds like a big and good project, Frank. best of luck to you and your buds.
Thanks Toolman for asking your question. While it sounded like something I was supposed to know, I could not recall it.
|Sep 02, 2008, 05:23 PM|
Thanks Hoss, we appreciate the support. Folks can also read about it in July's MA for the full article or click this below for the online version:
|Sep 06, 2008, 06:48 AM|
BTW, here is what the plane looks like if you happen to see it flying at your club.
|Sep 06, 2008, 12:56 PM|
I can see a lot of good newspaper articles coming from this project. Might help get a few thousand more people signed up that sees it. I know our paper would be tickled to come to the field on the day it flys.
I'm surprised that the ama did not help or donate into this project. If they did, great. If not, pretty cheap of them I'd say.
|Sep 06, 2008, 01:12 PM|
Here are the online links to articles in print so far. Of course not all magazines that have run articles on the WAA-08 adventure have online articles.
The AMA has been helping out since day 1. You'll never guess who volunteered to sign up on day #3.
There is no way we could have gotten this far without the AMA and AMA member's help.
PS Right now we are only looking to fill in the big gaps between pilots. I don't have enough time left on earth to sign up thousands of pilots and see this through to the end.
|Sep 06, 2008, 01:15 PM|
I sent ya an email also.
And no don't tell me, I am in a good mood today
|Sep 07, 2008, 02:35 AM|
USA, WA, Edmonds
Joined Aug 2008
Not to be a debbie downer but what if someone crashes it? This is a serious question, I'm just curious and I'm not trying to say this is a stupid project.
|Sep 07, 2008, 03:44 AM|
Joined Mar 2005
Generally, crashes with a model of this nature will be minor and can be repaired in minutes. It takes a REAL GOOF to "total" the thing with an impact.
Since the majority of the people involved already have years of flying experience... the plane is pretty safe.
Even with the few relative beginners ivolved, the design chosen for the project being essentially a basic beginner's plane... its still pretty safe.
there are some spare parts in the box the plane is being shipped around the country inside.
AND... we HAVE had one model lost due to some unknown malfunction (the plane flew away never to be seen again) and the project continues with the replacement model: WAA-08 #2
|Sep 07, 2008, 03:50 AM|
Joined Mar 2005
I don't think that anyone ASKED the AMA to donate...
Don't ask... you don't get. (And the corporate sponsors donated PLENTY before AMA even heard of it)
This is not an AMA sponsored event... though I would bet that a majority of the participants are AMA members.
I don't know the ratio of AMA member-participants to non-AMA-participants involved... (I don't know if Frank has even bothered to check) But I do believe there are at least SOME who are involved who are not AMA members.
|Sep 07, 2008, 06:04 AM|
AMA membership was never a requirement to participate. But we have had folks join the AMA because they became involved with the WAA-08 adventure.
I did not track AMA to non-AMA member involvement, but by basing the number of clubs involved, I say we have over 2/3 (200+ out of 305) AMA members participating.
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