~ 5/24The spring session of FREE Aviation Ground School began. Two-hour classes for 12 weeks are held on Friday nights, in the Sugar Valley office building classroom, 6:50 p.m.- 9:00 p.m. Click here to see the proposed schedule.
~ 10/12 Fall event of the Rowan Aero Modelers Society (RAMS), a Radio Control airplane group coming to SVA for their 3rd annual "air show". John Gaskey is the contact for the RAMS club. Please contact him at John.Gaskey@duke-energy.com for more information.
The Rowan Aero Modelers Society (RAMS) was chartered in 1968 and is the oldest Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) sanctioned Club in North Carolina. RAMS leases property in eastern Rowan County for their home flying field. All members are required to obtain AMA membership. Throughout the year, many neighboring clubs host fly-ins at their own home fields and several of RAMS members are regular participants. RAMS hosts a few fly-ins at locations other than their home field, which includes Sugar Valley during Spring and Fall. RC flying out of a full-scale airport adds another level of uniqueness to this hobby.
RAMS welcomes any AMA member to fly with them at any of their off-site events. Any size and type of RC aircraft are welcome. Speaking of size and type: Model aircraft have really blossomed in recent years. Virtually ANY full-scale aircraft that has ever flown has been represented as a flying model aircraft. The advent of lithium polymer batteries and brushless motors has made fully-electric model aircraft a reality and with impressive performance. Gas/glow motors still have a healthy presence and have enjoyed improved performance and reliability. Real jet engines and electric ducted fans now make model jet aircraft an option for real adrenaline junkies.