Metuchen Indoor Model Flying Club Finishes Successful Season

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The Metuchen Indoor Model Flying Club held its end of the indoor 
season flying event at Edgar Middle School in Metuchen on April 
 27th. The event was
 a chance for this year's 21 students to demonstrate what they 
 had learned
 during the weekly sessions held since the Fall to their families and
 friends. Students presented the various precision maneuvers they 
 practice in
 preparation for competitions. Starting with taxiing and learning 
 to control
 small indoor remote controlled airplanes, students progress to 
 take offs,
 landing and aborting take offs, before moving on to low altitude 
 flight, and
 finally aerobatics. 
 After the students presented the skills they've been working on 
 and received
 certificates for their achievements this season, flying 
 demonstrations were
 held first by instructors and then by national and international 
 competitor,Dave Lockhart, who regularly represents the United 
 States at international
 indoor and outdoor RC aerobatic championships throughout the 
 world. Mr.
 Lockhart dazzled the crowd with multiple sets of advanced 
 maneuvers and in
 between sets spoke to students about proper techniques and how 
 to progress
 to higher levels of model flight.
 Finally the audience's attention was directed to the Air Races, with
 students and instructors participating in small model airplane races,
 maneuvering around a circuit marked with balloons and a limbo 
 obstacle. The
 entire event was a thrill for both students and spectators.
 The flying program in Metuchen is sponsored by the Tri-County RC 
 Club of New
 Jersey (TCRC), which is a teaching club with outdoor fields in 
 Edison, North
 Brunswick and East Brunswick. Indoor flying has been taught in 
 Metuchen by
 the club since January 2013. The program consists of learning to 
 build a
 precision remote controlled model airplane from scratch and then 
 buildingthe skills needed to fly it. 

The Tri-County RC Club is 
 also a member of the
 Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA)
 , a non-profit organization whose 
 purpose is
 to promote the development of model aviation as a recognized 
 sport and
 worthwhile recreation activity. In April the AMA awarded the Tri-
 County RC
 Club with a $1000 Take-Off And Grow Grant for its student model 
 aviationprogram. The money will be used to help pay for next 
 season's indoor program
 and to host public events throughout the year. The gym is paid 
 for by
 donations and the grant will help cover half of the program's 
 expenses.Metuchen students age 10 and up are eligible to join 
 the indoor program, as
 well as same-aged Tri-County RC Club members. More information 
 about the
 indoor model flying program can be found at
 ht-instruction or just go to
 to find out about the Tri-County 
 RC Club's
 outdoor activities and events.

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