This is the 14th year that the Paducah Aero Modelers club (PAM) has hosted this “Taking Flight for Charity”. It’s a big event that attracts enthusiasts from all over the country. The 2018 event is being held on June 2 at the McCracken County Model Air Park, 501 County Park Road.
Each year, club members vote for a charity to reap the fundraising benefits. This year’s charity is the Purchase Area Sexual Abuse & Child Advocacy Center.
The event will begin with a 9am pilot safety meeting and opening ceremonies will kick off at 9:30am. The model aircraft pilot-landing fee is $25 and an Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) membership is required. All AMA and club rules will be in effect.
Stunts, Gliders Jets & Drones
All types of model aviation will be on display and in the air throughout the 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. “PAM is pleased to support this organization this year.”
Paducah Aero Modelers
The Paducah Aero Modelers Club was formed in 1960 by a small group of flying enthusiasts who wanted to promote their hobby, model aviation flying and bring awareness of the sport to the public. The group builds and flies radio-controlled, free-flight, and control line models in both sport and competition events.
For those of you unfamiliar with model aircraft, these models are not the toys you find in local stores. “The planes our pilots will by flying can cost anywhere from $500 to up to $10,000,” explained Rudd. “There are airplane wingspans from 18 - 24 inches to 10 to 12 feet. It is similar to flying real airplanes.”
From tricks and mock combat flights to planes that trail smoke and fly over 130 miles per hour, this event is full of excitement and expertise. “The model helicopters do a lot of crazy stuff!” Rudd told me. “We have very talented pilots coming to this fly-in. most of the flights are done where the spectators can see them, so don’t worry about bringing your binoculars to the event! We have raised thousands of dollars putting on these events. Taking Flight for Charity is an opportunity for us to give back to the community.”
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. Grilled food, chips, soda, and water available for a small donation. Seating is limited, so please bring portable chairs.
Purchase Area Sexual Assault and Child Advocacy Center supports victims in McCracken, Graves, Marshall, Calloway, Hickman, and three additional surrounding counties and is the regionally state-designated rape crisis and child advocacy center by Kentucky’s Cabinet for Health and Family Services.
The mission of PASAC is to promote the health and wellbeing of our community by reducing the impact and prevalence of sexual violence. They provide comprehensive, trauma- informed services assisting child and adult survivors of sexual violence through the entire process from crisis through healing to long-term recovery.
PASAC specialists engage in all phases of support to survivors and their family members by providing intervention services including 24-hour crisis hotline services, medical advocacy at local emergency rooms, legal and personal advocacy, information and referrals, clinical therapy services, and holistic health coaching.