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News Community National Aviation Day celebration benefits Wounded Warrior Project

Members of the Macon Aero Modelers ready a giant radio controlled sail plane for a flight at the club's Otto flying field. Photo by Bob ScottThe Macon Aero Modelers Club, in support of and raise funds for the Wounded Warrior Project, will celebrate National Model Aviation Day as part of the Academy of Model Aeronautic's (AMA) mission to promote model aviation. The event will be held on Saturday, Aug. 17, at the club's flying field in Otto, beginning at 9 a.m. The event is open to the public and anyone interested in aviation is welcome.

The event's mission is to support the AMA's development of model aviation as a recognized sport and recreation activity. The AMA serves as the official national body for model aviation in the United States. All proceeds from the event will be donated to the non-profit organization Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) and will support a full range of programs and services for this generation of injured veterans and their families.

Radio control enthusiasts from around Western North Carolina will be on hand with displays and flying of gas and electric airplanes. Many of the planes are scale models of modern and vintage military and civilian aircraft. Expert pilots will demonstrate precision aerobatics and stunt flying that will be entertaining for all ages.

"This is one of a series of events the club sponsors during the year to raise money for charities and organizations that help others," said Club President Stan Penland.

The club will be selling hot dog and hamburger lunches as part of the fund raising.

The field is located on Tessentee Road in Otto, south of Franklin. Tessentee Road is almost directly opposite the Otto Post Office. After crossing the bridge, the field is about 1/2 a mile up Tessentee Road on the left.

The AMA was founded in 1936. It is dedicated to recreational, educational, and scientific pursuit of model aviation with 2,400 clubs throughout the United States, Puerto Rico and Guam.


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