The WMAA May meeting has been canceled in a effort to help keep everyone safe as well avoiding sitting out in obnoxious weather( forecast 49 degrees, 12 to 14 mph winds and cloudy).
Hopefully things will be good to get back on our regular meeting schedule in June.
The field is in pretty good shape and we are trying to work around the weather to get back on our grass cutting schedule of cutting on Thursday around noon.
We are planning to cut tomorrow, and if the weather cooperates Mike Barbee is planning to use the big roller to roll the field on Friday May 8.
This is not set in stone at this point and will be decided based on the well the field has dried out and how much rain is forecast for Friday.
I will try to send out a confirming email when a decision is made.
The field is open to use, and members have been getting there around wind and rain.
Feel free to come up and use common sense to maintain some separation.
Also be aware that there is a lot of foot and bike traffic on the dam as other people use the park to get some outdoor recreation.
Be careful of how close you are getting to people using the dam recreation.
We are still planning to hold the drawing for the Grand Raffle at the first meeting, so if you are still holding tickets get them back into me so I can add them to the box of tickets currently residing on my desk.
Stay Safe and I hope to see everyone at a June Meeting
Welcome to the home of the
Westerville Model Aeronautics Association
We are a Radio Control Model Aircraft club located in the northern Columbus Ohio area.
The WMAA was founded in 1968 and is chartered by the Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA), and the International Miniature Aerobatic Club.
Our club’s objective, as stated in the by-laws, is “...to promote and develop radio control aeromodelling as a hobby and recreational activity…”
The majority of WMAA members fly radio controlled (R/C) model airplanes. Some fly R/C gliders (sailplanes), and R/C helicopters. Glow-ignition and gasoline engines predominate, but with recent advances in motor, electronic speed control, and battery technology, electric-powered models are rapidly growing in popularity. Quadcoptersw and turbine jets are also flown.
Club officers are the President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Safety Officer, Newsletter Editor, and Webmaster.
Business meetings are held the 2nd Monday of each month at 7:00 p.m. From May through September, the meetings are at Dinneen Field, and from October through April, at the First Presbyterian Church on College Ave. in Westerville.
Our monthly newsletter, The Center of Gravity, provides information on club events and activities and invites input from all members.
Our flying field is located at 5770 Africa Rd., 1/4 mile east of the Alum Creek Dam in Delaware County.
In 1987, the WMAA leased this ten-acre site from the US Army Corps of Engineers. No public money is spent in this field. We started with an undeveloped parcel of land and have installed:
- A 900-foot long grass runway.
- Protective fencing.
- Five concrete pad flying stations
- A concrete paved pilot preparation area including workbenches and setup/engine starting stands.
- A frequency control board with slots for each channel to hold pilots’ AMA cards.
- A shelter house with several picnic tables.
- A paved parking lot.
- Secure equipment storage sheds.
- A portable toilet.
- A windsock and flagpole.
- Extensive landscaping.
AMA and club rules are prominently posted.
As this field is public land, anyone with a valid AMA license can fly, whether they are a WMAA member or not. However, considering the money, time, and effort that members have spent developing and maintaining this property, we feel it is only fair to encourage pilots who fly here to join the club. In fact, membership perks easily pay back the annual $50 regular, and $5 family member dues!
A typical year will start on January 1st with our annual Freeze-Fly. The club provides hot coffee and donuts, and the members bring their own ear-muffs and skis. This is strictly a fun event.
In March, we hold our Annual Show at the Northland Performing Arts Center. This is a major income-producing event for the club, and an opportunity for members and guests to showcase their latest models and to pick up some needed supplies. A grand raffle typically offers a 50/50 cash first prize and a fully built trainer as second prize.
Other club events held in a typical year:
Columbus Scale Classic
Fun Flys and cookouts