Mid-State Aeroguidace to host Fun Fly and Air Show
By Kris Rued-Clark
MARSHFIELD – Mid-State Aeroguidance Club hosts its annual Fun Fly and Air Show on Aug. 3, from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., at the club’s flying field north of Stratford. Club members are modelers who build, fly, and maintain all types of remote controlled model airplanes and helicopters.
The Fun Fly draws 20-40 pilots from a five-state area, who show off their skills as they fly their aircraft. The Air Show is free to attend and open to the public.
“Pilot registration starts at 9 and by 10 there will be planes in the air,” explains Sandy MacDonald, the club’s treasurer.
MacDonald also holds an instructor permit and enjoys teaching new pilots. In summer months flying lessons are given at the club’s field, and during the winter months lessons are held at Marshfield High School’s field house, using small electric model airplanes. “For indoor and outdoor flying, the students don’t need any equipment whatsoever,” notes MacDonald.
Teaching is accomplished with the use of a buddy box. Duplicate controls enable the experienced pilot to take over when needed, to prevent crashes.
A raffle for pilots features a one-year membership in the American Modelers Association (AMA). The club will also conduct a 50/50 raffle and food will be available on the grounds. Spectators are encouraged to bring blankets or lawn chairs.
Mid-State Aeroguidance Club, an AMA chartered club, was founded in 1973.The club’s flying field is north of the 97/153 intersection in Stratford. Go two miles north on Highway 97 to Rock Road and turn to the east. The field is less than a mile from there.
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