Come watch aviation enthusiasts fly their model aircraft at the Paducah Aero Modelers (PAM) club’s “Taking Flight for Charity.” The event will begin at 9:30 am on June 10, and 9am-4pm on June 11, at the McCracken County Model Air Park. There will be a short pilot’s safety and informational meeting Saturday morning at 9am. This year’s event supports the Paducah Community Kitchen.
The model aircraft pilot-landing fee is $20 and an Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) membership is required. All AMA and club rules will be in effect.
This is the 12th year that PAM has hosted this event and it attracts enthusiasts from all over the country. Each year, club members vote for a charity to reap the fundraising benefits. Last year they raised $2700 to benefit The Wounded Warrior's Project. This year’s event is raising funds for the Community Kitchen.
All types of model aviation will be on display and in the air throughout the two-day event, including control line stunt, radio control electric-powered glider, drones, ducted fan jets, foamy scale, electric and glow-powered extreme 3D helicopter, giant scale sport, nostalgia, and WWI and WWII model airplanes.
The public will also have an opportunity to fly a model aircraft under the instruction of one of the club’s flight instructors utilizing a buddy box training system.
“This event is to help others,” said Phillip Rudd, event coordinator. “Those people who volunteer at the Paducah Community Kitchen are the heroes, and the people they assist is what this event is about. It is an excellent opportunity for the citizens of Paducah & McCracken County & surrounding areas to reach out to the less fortunate and those who work so hard every day as volunteers to assist those in need. It is a great work, and something Paducah should be proud they have for those in need.”
Admission is free, with grilled food, chips, soda, and water available for a small donation. Seating is limited, so please bring portable chairs. All donations received go directly to the Community Kitchen.
Paducah's Community Kitchen is a 501(c)3 and the area's only free kitchen open and feeding the hungry 5 days a week. Donations received are utilized to offset all associated costs and used to keep the facility open. There are no paid employees and operated exclusively by community volunteers. In addition to feeding the hungry, they provide laundry and grooming areas, warming center, spiritual services and other expanded services to help a person become more self-sufficient. Last year alone, they served over 70,000 meals and the number of guests is continuously rising.
The Paducah Aero Modelers Club was formed in 1960 by a small group of flying enthusiasts who wished to promote the model aviation flying hobby. The group builds and flies radio-controlled, free-flight, and control line models in both sport and competition events.
All proceeds received will solely benefit Paducah Community Kitchen. There is no admission fee for the public and the event fundraising efforts are based on model aircraft pilot landing fees, donations, raffles and food sales.