'Wings Across America' Sends Park Flyer Model Airplane On Long Journey | Aero-News Network
Aero-News Network
RSS icon RSS feed
podcast icon MP3 podcast
Subscribe Aero-News e-mail Newsletter Subscribe

Airborne Unlimited -- Recent Daily Episodes

Episode Date

Airborne Unlimited-
Monday

Airborne-Unmanned w/AUVSI-
Tuesday

Airborne Unlimited-
Wednesday

AMA Drone Report-
Thursday

Airborne Unlimited-
Friday

Airborne On ANN

Airborne Unlimited-11-12-18

Airborne Unmanned-11-13-18

Airborne Unlimited-11.07.18

AMA Drone Report-11.08.18

Airborne Unlimited-11.09.18

Airborne-YouTube

Airborne Unlimited-11-12-18

Airborne Unmanned-11-13-18

Airborne Unlimited-11.07.18

AMA Drone Report-11.08.18

Airborne Unlimited-11.09.18

Fri, Aug 22, 2008

'Wings Across America' Sends Park Flyer Model Airplane On Long Journey

Pilots Hand-Off Plane On Trip Across US And Back

Over 300 model airplane enthusiasts have come together for Wings Across America 2008 (WAA-08) a mission to fly a battery powered radio controlled airplane, called a Park Flyer, across all contiguous United States.

Pilots will hand-deliver the plane from pilot-to-pilot, creating a "chain" of pilots that will fly the Park Flyer from Virginia across the US and back.

Launched during Memorial Day weekend, WAA-08 is the brainchild of Frank Geisler, an avid model pilot, and coincides with the Academy of Model Aeronautics' (AMA) new Park Pilot Program that took off around the country earlier this year.

Model aviation has changed dramatically during the last several years as the quiet battery and electric-motor technology have opened new doors for model-flying enthusiasts. Every day, more Park Flyer models enter the marketplace that are smaller in size and capable of slower airspeeds more suited to confined areas.

"More model pilots are getting involved in the aviation sport with Park Flyers," said Dave Mathewson, President of AMA. "It's great to see the WAA project bring modelers together and instill the love of modeling in all generations."

Bill Stevens, owner of Stevens AeroModels in Colorado Springs, CO donated the Park Flyer plane called a SQuiRT (Simple Quiet Robust Trainer.) Currently in New Jersey, the plane will continue on to New York, make a quick stop at Northeast Electric Aircraft Technology (NEAT) Fair, then on to Pennsylvania and beyond.

According to Geisler, the model aeronautic community, from child prodigies, weekend pilots, avid aeromodelers, along with Air Force and Army pilots both active and retired, has embraced the idea of flying the plane across America.

"So many people are willing to help one another to make this happen. The camaraderie is unbelievable," said Geisler. "It's amazing how all of us from many different backgrounds throughout the country have joined to together to make this adventure possible to help promote the hobby and to show our younger generation that there are more things to do with their time between the hours of school and sleep than video games and television."

While there are already thousands of model aircraft pilots piloting RC airplanes in our skies - AMA boasts more than 150,000 members - there is a shortage of designated flying sites, especially in metro areas. Recognizing this new trend in aeromodeling, AMA developed the Park Pilot Program to support small-field aviators and planes like SQuiRT.

"I look forward to WAA-08 enticing more people to pick up a model airplane and becoming model aviation enthusiasts," said Mathewson.

FMI: www.waa-08.org, www.modelaircraft.org

 


Advertisement

More News

Airborne 11.09.18: Global 7500 Cert, 737 MAX Emergency AD, V1 'Flying Bomb'

Also: Trig European Office, Sonoma Jet Center, Sikorsky Award, Airbus A330-800 Flies The FAA has certified the Bombardier Global 7500. It will enter into-service later this year. E>[...]

ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (11.11.18)

Aero Linx: Wings of Hope Wings of Hope is a global humanitarian charity that has been helping the world’s poor since 1962. As our name suggests, we use our wings to deliver r>[...]

Aero-News: Quote of the Day (11.11.18)

"Enough is enough. Air Wisconsin Flight Attendants are ready to do whatever it takes to get a new contract. We have made every sacrifice to ensure the stability of the airline whil>[...]

ANN's Daily Aero-Term (11.11.18): Hold-Short Point

Hold-Short Point A point on the runway beyond which a landing aircraft with a LAHSO clearance is not authorized to proceed. This point may be located prior to an intersecting runwa>[...]

Aero-Help Wanted: ANN REALLY Needs A Sales Pro

ANN/Airborne/Aero-TV Marketing Department Needs Part or Full Time Personnel E-I-C Note: For some reason, finding really motivated/honest/professional sales help has been a tough gi>[...]

blog comments powered by Disqus



Advertisement

Advertisement

Podcasts

Advertisement

© 2007 - 2018 Web Development & Design by Pauli Systems, LC