On 10/21/17 Rowan Aero Modelers Society (RAMS) hosted a Fly-in for AMA members and guests at SVA.
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.
CAP Sugar Valley Composite Squadron hosts monthly speaker series. These are open to public and cover a variety of topics.
On 10/10/17 C/CMSgt Caleb Padiak presented “The Quiddity of Respect” as the topic for our October session. Padiak cited respect, one of the CAP Core Values, as the basis for the other Core Values of excellence, integrity, and volunteer service. “The premise of respect is to recognize value, which is good. We see amazing things happen when there is a lack of respect, and we see equally amazing things happen when there is strong respect.” Padiak gave the example of a young private in Iraq who threw himself over a grenade to save the other members of his team. And what about self-respect? “Self-respect is having respect for your future self. If you respect your future self, then you will be responsible and wise to the best of your abilities in everything.”
Padiak closed with this: “There is an inverse ratio between wisdom and the potential to act on it. Being in Civil Air Patrol is a great first step. To everyone, and Cadets especially, do not miss your chances to show respect.”