Casa Grande RC Flyers Helps Charities.
The Casa Grande RC Flyers, the area's largest and most active radio controlled model aircraft club, hosted the first annual National Model Aviation Day on Saturday August 17, 2013 The event was a great success. The club welcomed spectators and pilots who were asked to contribute to the Wounded Warrior Project, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to honor and empower wounded warriors. Club president and Robson Ranch resident Alan Friedman, along with club members, worked to make the event a success.
The Academy of Model Aeronautics is a strong supporter of clubs like the Casa Grande RC Flyers, that take the time to facilitate events to raise money for charitable endeavors. “Events like this not only support important charities (like Wounded Warriors), but they go a long way in building credibility in our communities for the club, its members, and what we all do as model aviation enthusiasts,” said Dave Mathewson, AMA’s executive director. The AMA donated free trial memberships to be given away at the August 17th event in hopes of encouraging interest in model aviation.
Other AMA chartered clubs also are stepping up to help those in need. On August 17, 2013 many other clubs around the country hosted events in celebration of National Model Aviation Day. AMA and all participating clubs were asked to help raise money for the Wounded Warrior Project. Information and a list of participating clubs can be found on the AMA web site: www.nationalmodelaviationday.org. Our local club also held an event on August 16, 2014 to the same charity.
The Academy of Model Aeronautics, founded in 1936, continues to be devoted to national airspace safety. It serves as the nation’s collective voice for approximately 194,000 modelers in 2,500 clubs in the United States and Puerto Rico. Headquartered in Muncie IN, the AMA is a membership organization representing those who fly model aircraft for recreational and educational purposes.
The Casa Grande RC Flyers is a nonprofit AMA charted club with over 200 members. The club offers free training by four AMA certified instructors on both flight simulators and using the clubs trainer aircraft. Beneficiaries of the clubs other local events in the past have included the Casa Grande Food Bank, The Valley Humane Society, Hospice Charitable Fund and now include Pet's In Need Action League and the Boy's & Girls Clubs of Casa Grande.