August 17th National Aviation Day Event

Learn to fly a radio controlled airplane

Would you like to try your hand at flying a radio controlled airplane?  Try it with a “buddy box.”  The buddy box is a second transmitter linked by wire to an instructor pilot’s transmitter.  The Tulip City Air Force (TCAF) flying club is offering a chance to experience flying a model plane on Saturday, August 17th, 9:00am – 2:00pm, at their flying field southeast of Holland, MI. off 146th Ave. This learning event is free to the public and open to any individual 10 years or older. 

Flying a trainer model with an instructor and “buddy box” is a fast and fun way to learn.   Even experienced pilots of full size aircraft find radio control piloting much different than the planes they regularly fly.  Training with a buddy box and instructor benefits your learning curve.   Students find it saves money and time in repairs.

While you pilot a radio control plane your flying instructor can monitor your performance.  The instructor has a switch on his transmitter allowing you full control of the airplane with your buddy box.  The instructor takes over for the most difficult parts of flying a model airplane, taking off and landing.   It looks easy but most find it very challenging. 

The Tulip City Air Force of Holland, MI in association with the Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) is one of over 100 clubs nationwide celebrating National Aviation Day August 17, 2013.  Additionally, there will be flying demonstrations of a variety of model airplanes and helicopters at the field.

For more than 75 years the AMA has worked directly with the FAA in behalf of model airplane enthusiasts of all disciplines to promote safety when sharing the skies with full size airplanes.  Members of this national organization benefit in many other ways, some of which include generous liability insurance to individual members as well as property owners where they fly.  The AMA organization, headquartered in Muncie, IL owns a vast amount of land where the “Nationals”, a many-event contest for all types of models, are held every year in the summer.   The AMA also delivers members a highly polished monthly magazine, “Model Aviation” devoted to a wide variety of flying models.  Most importantly the organization emphasizes safety to its members.

The (TCAF) flying field in located Southeast of Holland – take Waverly Rd. (120th Ave.) south to E 48th St. which will turn into 146th Ave. and turn left. Go approximately 3/4 of a mile to the (TCAF) Club sign staked in the lawn just in front of the gravel drive to the field.National-Aviation-Day-Poster-2013

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