A new year represents new opportunities for our members to soar to more thrilling heights, enjoy the camaraderie of flying with friends, while taking a bird's-eye view of the sport loved by so many in renowned, adrenalin pumping events in 2017.
Flying with the MAAA is about fun, friendship and camaraderie- keeping the airways safe to ensure the sport you love, can continue to soar now and into the future. In 2017 we are focussed on growing our wonderful sport and want to get more people living out their passion of flying. We encourage clubs around Australia to look at ways that they can grow their memberships, inviting the local community to their flying fields, holding open days, supporting novice pilots and even welcoming the younger generation to the sport.
As part of the MAAA’s commitment to make it easier for clubs to manage incidents, we have released an Online Incident Reporting System, which clubs can conveniently complete. We’ve also included some information on how to manage an incident and some FAQs on the website. Clubs should lodge both forms online, at the same time, via the Online Incident Reporting System available here. Once the forms are submitted online, they are automatically sent to the MAAA secretary. Please click here for the Online Incident Reporting System.
Don’t forget that in February, the 2017 Club Assistance Scheme Opens. At the MAAA, we recognise that for aeromodelling to continue in the future, it is vital that we invest in model aircraft flying fields, as well as providing money for direct assistance to clubs for the purpose of improving club facilities.
Over the past three years, the scheme has distributed $150,000 to clubs, supporting the purchase of lawn mowers to improve flying fields and the quality of landing strips, to the construction of shaded areas and amenities blocks. If you would like to apply for some funding for your club, please click here to find out how.
The 2017 application form is also by clicking here.
Club Success: A pipe dream comes true for WA Aeromodel Club
The long term dream of the Whitfords and Districts Radio Control Aircraft Club and its dedicated members was to have a place that catered for their flying passion and the ability to pass on their expertise to the club members. This has finally come to fruition with the establishment of the club’s new airfield on Nisa Road in Western Australia.
The club was originally formed in 1978 and from the outset, the committee had a vision of developing a first class facility, which was placed on hold as a result of limited funding and a limited location for the envisioned airfield.
In 2009, while operating from the club’s previous airfield, they were issued with an eviction notice from the Local Shire advising that the area had been rezoned for Commercial Development.
As a result of this in 2010, with $2,000 in the bank and 20 members, the club were offered a lease for a new site by the WA Government and “bit the bullet” and proceeded with the development of the new airfield. This commenced with the club members dismantling and moving the structure from the old site to the new site followed by the construction of buildings, runways, access roads and the myriad of additional facilities required for a world standard radio controlled airfield.
With donations from club members and assistance from the AWA and Lottery West, the club has now invested over $125,000 into the new airfield and it’s club facilities and are proud that the long held vision has finally been achieved.
Whitfords now have an airfield which provide their member’s with one of the finest radio controlled airfields in Australia-based on the comments and feedback the club has received from international and Australian pilots who have flown at the new field.
Clubs in Focus
Have fun, fly safe: Upcoming 2017 Events
The Queensland Model Aircraft Racing Association will be hosting the renowned Inaugural Race at Maryborough Aeromodellers Club from Saturday 28th-Sunday 29th January. This exciting event is open to QMARA members and all enquiries can be made to Andrew Rankin on 0402-774-845. Also please click here to see all the details on the MAC’s Facebook Event page.
Western Port Model Aircraft Club Inc are hosting the Western Port Airshow as part of the Western Port Festival on Saturday, 25th February at Hastings at the Foreshore. This adrenalin pumping airshow will also see pilots taking part in a night flying event on the Friday 24th. For more information please click here to visit the club website.
Or click here to visit their Facebook Event page for more details.
Lilydale and District Model Flying Association’s (LDMFA) annual Radio Control Model Airshow will see skilled pilots take to the skies on Sunday March 19 at 10am for the exciting, family-friendly event. The Airshow will feature pylon racing, FPV racing, drones, scale models, large gliders, jets, helicopters and much more. For more details, please click here to visit the club’s website or click here to visit their Facebook Event page.
The annual Warbirds over Mundijong event, hosted by the Kalamunda Aeronautical Model Society will take place on April 1st-2nd and will see the skies come to life as pilots thrill and entertain crowds with their impressive warbird models from WW1 through to today’s military aircraft. Warbirds over Mundijong has always been an event that is focused on rallying together pilots with their love of these aircraft, and simply to have a great time flying and enjoy the camaraderie. For more information, please click here to visit their website.
These event dates may be subject to change. Please check the individual club websites and Facebook pages for updates to event details.
Happy New Year and happy, safe flying in 2017