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Airplane Club shares talents with child care kids


The 2016 Willard Christmas Airplane Session was carried out on December 29th at the Willard Community Center. Jim Baker, Jack Barry and his son-in-law Jesse Williams and Allan Worrest led the session with help from the Willard staff. About fifty kids of grade-school age built and flew FPG-9 gliders. Jim started the session with his enthusiastic introduction to aircraft. Through give and take discussion, he instructed the kids how an airplane is controlled in flight. In the past we had the kids build paper airplanes. This year we tried something new. The Academy of Model Aeronautics’ website listed the FPG-9 as an appropriate model for all ages. The glider’s name reflects its construction. It is made from a nine-inch diameter foam plate. To ensure that everyone, including the youngest, would complete the glider in the allotted time and have time to fly them, the glider pattern was drawn on the plates before the start of the session. Instead of relying on a precise fit, which is asking a bit much of some of the youngsters, the rudder/vertical stabilizer was hot glued to the airframe. The gliders flew as well as the paper gliders made in the past. The mess incurred during the construction was about the same as well.

Janelle Soderling, Willard’s Executive director sent the following email afterwards. - A.W. Hi Allan, I have tried to call you a few times but I just get a busy signal so I thought that I would just email you. The kids had a lot of fun making and flying the airplanes. They are always open to new things and they love to have the Airplane Club come and teach them all about flying. I really appreciate your club continuing to do this for us. It is always such a highlight during the Christmas break. We usually can't go outside much so this indoor activity is always a great activity for them to get up and get moving around and having fun. Thanks again for getting your club to volunteer their time and talent.