National Aviation Day

The Coffee Airfoilers Model R/C Club will host its annual National Model Aviation Day celebration from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. This is one of the largest events that club hosts each year and is held in honor of National Model Aviation Day. Don Cleveland discus launches and retrieves his glider during an afternoon of flying at the field located on the Wattendorf Highway in Tullahoma, near the Arnold Golf Course.

The Coffee Airfoilers Model R/C Club will host its annual National Model Aviation Day celebration from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11.

This is one of the largest events that club hosts each year and the public is invited to attend.

National Model Aviation Day was created to encourage clubs across the country to celebrate the hobby of flying model aircrafts and to share it with the public, according to nationalmodelaviationday.org.

National Model Aviation Day was first recognized by the National Model Aviation Day by the Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) in 2012, as a way to encourage more people to take up the hobby. The AMA is considered to be the world’s largest model aviation association.

Model aircrafts of all shapes and sizes will be on display Saturday, along with concessions and a raffle. Instructors will also be on hand to offer lessons to interested attendees.

“This is one of our biggest public events,” said Ken Herrick, a member of the Coffee Airfoilers. “We will do demonstrations where the public gets to come out and learn how to fly planes. We provide trainers. They are five- to eight-minute flights. Even the kids can do it.”

The event is free and open to the public. The club’s airfield is located off of Wattendorf Highway in Tullahoma.

The Coffee Airfoilers Model Airplane Club was founded in 1959. One of the objectives of the club was to promote all types of model flying rather than to emphasize any single phase of flying, such as remote controlled aircraft.

Over the next six decades, the club grew with new members, new technology and a permanent home in a 35-acre field off near the Arnold Golf Course. Each year, club members work tirelessly to maintain the field and buildings on site so that the area can be enjoyed year-round.

Members are also excited to share their love of flying with the public in hopes of igniting a spark of interest will turn into a lifetime hobby.

Herrick said anyone can learn how to fly. Each Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. instructors are on hand at the field to assist anyone interested in learning how to fly a model airplane, free of charge.

Herrick, one of the four instructors, said all a prospective flyer needs to do is be able to move a controller up, down, left and right.

“We, of course, have auxiliary control, but through our assistance, they can fly a plane. It’s for all ages to enjoy,” Her­rick said.

Herrick added that even if one isn’t interested in flying, the public is always welcome to come and watch.

For more information on the Coffee Airfoilers visit the clubs website at www.coffeeairfoilers.com.

Kali Bradford can be reached by email at kbradford@tullahomanews.com.

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