On most any pretty weekend, members of the West Alabama Aero Modelers gather at Para’s Aero Park in Northport to show off their hand crafted models and take them to the air.
Kids of all ages demonstrate their talents with planes of all colors and sizes. There are warbirds, aerobatic planes, helicopters, night-flyers, electric and gas powered planes.
Not sure about taking the controls? There is a WAAM instructor available to help you make that first take-off and landing.
The fun goes on year round, with a number of Fly-ins that draw pilots from around the Southeast for contests, aerobatic games, competitions in the air, as well as auctions, food and fun for the entire family.
The field is located in Para’s Aero Park off Watermelon Road. PARA also provides fields for ballgames, trails for jogging, a horse arena and stalls with shows and competitions. This is in addition to the many facilities that have indoor and outdoor swimming, recreation, workout facilities, as well as organized sports for kids.
Visit their website to find the air field at http://www.tcpara.org/page/188/model_airfield.html
This spring members of WAAM are training for their spring Fly-in. Check out their website at
http://www.WAAM.us to get information about their organization and upcoming events.
Or on a pretty day, simply cruise out Watermelon Road and follow the buzzing sound and ever-peeking over the tree sightings of small aircraft.
As the daughter of a flight instructor/ crop duster who later became a stunt pilot, this discovery has given me a new appreciation for the models that line his home in North Alabama. It is a blessed alternative for those, like him, who are unable to fly anymore due to back injuries and quite a bit of excitement for someone who grew up standing in the cockpit of planes while taking off on a dirt airstrip.
This may just prove, it is NEVER too late to learn to fly.