North Penn Model Aviation Club
"the MAC"
since Fall 2003

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As a member of the North Penn Model Aviation Club you'll learn how to build and fly model airplanes. We have an assortment of foam aircraft designs we build and outfit with electric equipment. With the low prices of LiPo batteries and brushless motors, we've added quite a few planes to our fleet. Students are responsible for maintaining, repairing, and upgrading them as needed.

The annual membership fee is $20, and students are not asked for additional money to purchase equipment or supplies. All club money goes directly to purchase new equipment.

Membership in the club includes a Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) license. Becoming a member of this national society provides you with a sense of community in the model aircraft hobby, in addition to free  insurance on the rare chance that your model damages someone or something. Returning members are not financially responsible for renewing their membership, unless they fail to submit their forms on time.

We usually have a club t-shirt design every few years. We embroidered our 2007-08 logo on a polo shirt, and during 2010, we had a screen print design put on t-shirts. Students receive a free shirt with membership as well.


  Club History        

2003 (6 members)
I surveyed my classes to find out if anyone was interested in forming a club which builds model aircraft. With the first few students, we built a donated, half-assembled LT-40, although we were lacking the necessary equipment to complete the plane. I wrote a grant to fund the engine, and radio for that plane, as well as another 40 sized trainer, and a flightbox for nitro planes. We sold cookies to raise money.

2004 (7 members)
The grant provided us with enough to get started, but two 40 sized planes are very large, require a lot of room, and turn into a million pieces when they wreck. Flights were few and far between. Selling cookies, we raised money to purchase necessary items.

2005 (10 members)
I began experimenting with bluecor insulation to build model airplanes. Seeing it as a cost effective method for a club, I wrote another grant to purchase small electric equipment to build foam planes. We received two more radios, geared electric motors, lipos, a charger, and foam. With that we discovered how to effectively cut the foam, glue parts with hot glue, and find free plane designs on RC Groups. The district banned in-class food sales, so we did not sell anything.

2006 (12 members)
The focus centered around foam aircraft, and increasing club numbers. We increased dues from $5 to $20. This increase allowed us to purchase more radios, and keep our existing planes flying. We bought a web site

2007 (15+ members)
Our efforts focused on indoor flying, and a systematic approach to the building process. We discovered HobbyCity, and used their very low prices to start building up our fleet of planes. The Hobby Lobby ESSKAY motors were very popular, and became affordable. The club used a few of these to build some more powerful, and agile planes. The club hosted its first outdoor funfly in the spring. Unfortunately, the rain chased us out after 45 minutes of flying. This helped us get our name into the community. I also required each student to join the AMA, as youth membership is only $1.

2008 (20+ members)
The club popularity grew among students, and with that increase we decided to add two five channel Spektrum radios in addition to our 72MHz radios. We also purchased some Parkzone planes, including a Citabria, Cessna, and a Vapor. The club hosted its first indoor funfly in the spring. It was very successful, and drew a community pilot count over 40. The money raised kept us from raising club dues.

2009-present (25+ members)
The current year is progressing well. Students send me emails showing off their latest RC projects, while others plan to build model airplanes to fulfill their graduation requirements. Students are joining RC Groups, and posting questions as well as their projects. We added three more Spektrum DX5es to our list of radios, as well as a replacement Vapor. We decided to have two funfly events each year. Our winter event drew 70+ local pilots from the surrounding states, as well as a few sponsored pilots. The event was so well attended (crowded) that we need to regulate our airspace for the next funfly on April 24th, 2010. Two local hobby shops (Zs RC, and Hobby Hut) donated equipment to raffle. They let us keep the money, which we so desperately needed. The April 2010 event will have time slots and events to continue drawing the large crowd we want. Were also extending our funfly hours from 8:30am - 8:30pm (originally, 9-4pm). Were hoping to have an air race, a micro obstacle course, our foam carrier lighted, and flight demonstrations. Public admission is free and a pilot flight pass only cost a $5 donation to offset our table rental fees. Every child who visited received a free balsa glider.



A note from the advisor        
  I have been actively involved with RC aircraft since 1993. I started with a simple 2 meter wing span electric glider. I've always had a fascination with anything that flies. Since then I've progressed into gas powered aircraft, hand launch sailplanes, fun fly airplanes, combat flying, micro electric planes, Gas & Electric RC helicopters, foam aircraft, and full scale airplanes. In 2005 I rekindled my interest in electric planes because of LiPo batteries, foam building, and inexpensive micro sized equipment. Electric is a lot cleaner and easier to maintain compared to fuel.  
  I encourage anyone who is interested in getting started with any type of flying to talk with me for more information. I started this club because I wanted to share what I knew about the hobby with others. Thanks for taking the time to check this site out. - Dr.Voicheck  

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