On October 19, 2007, representatives of Four Seasons RC Flyers and 1st U.S. R/C Flight School introduced nearly 200 kindergarten through 5th graders to RC model aviation during “Hobby Day” at Wabeno Elementary School in central Wisconsin.
Activities began with retired 747 pilot and frequent RC flight school attendee, Woodie Woods, explaining to the kids the rudiments of how airplanes fly. Woodie then concluded with an inspirational story about his own amazing and unlikely start in aviation when he was just a teenager, and encouraged the kids to dream big and keep pursuing their dreams.
Next, 1st U.S. R/C Flight School founder, Dave Scott, put on an exciting electric flight demonstration inside the school’s small gymnasium. Kids and teachers delighted every time the plane flew close to a wall or the ceiling. By the time Dave had finished flying, all the kids had risen to their feet.
Several members of the Four Seasons RC Club brought their own models and allowed the kids to view these beautiful airplanes up close. Club members Rusty Billings and Bill Pence did a terrific job assisting the kids as they took turns working the transmitter controls and deflecting control surfaces.
Club members then handed out balsa gliders to each of the kids and the gymnasium quickly filled with gliders and smiling faces. It was encouraging to watch as some of the kids started forming groups to figure out ways to improve how their gliders flew.
Not only did the kids experience how much fun model aviation can be during Hobby Day, they also learned some things. Most importantly, they were inspired to “reach for the sky!”