For Hub City Times
MARSHFIELD — Mid-State Aeroguidance Club is a group of modelers who build, fly, and maintain all types of remote controlled model airplanes and helicopters. The club hosts its annual air show on Aug. 4, from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., at the club’s flying field north of Stratford. The event is free to attend and open to the public. The Air Show draws 20-40 pilots from a five-state area who show off their skills as they fly their aircraft.
“A guy from Fond du Lac has a jet and it’s just a joy to watch,” notes Sandy MacDonald, the club’s treasurer. “Another guy has a helicopter. We clear the field for him, and he does some things that are impossible.
“We don’t know who will show up, but there’s always something fun to watch. People bring lawn chairs and blankets and stay for hours.”
Both MacDonald and the club’s president, Tracy Lewis, have instructor permits, and the club welcomes new pilots. During winter months, they give instruction in flying small electric model airplanes at Marshfield High School fieldhouse, and in summer weather at the field.
“For indoor and outdoor flying, the students don’t need any equipment whatsoever,” notes MacDonald.
A buddy box allows a student to fly without danger of crashing. Duplicate controls enable the experienced pilot to take over when needed. If interested in learning, email MacDonald at firstname.lastname@example.org. Pilots at the Air Show also welcome questions. “Rod Seehafer and I will be selling 50/50 raffle tickets, so people can just look for us, or talk to the people in the food tent,” adds MacDonald.
Brats, burgers, hot dogs and soft drinks will be available for purchase.
Mid-State Aeroguidance Club, an AMA chartered club, was founded in 1973. The club’s flying field is north of the 97/153 intersection in Stratford – go two miles north on Highway 97 to Rock Road, turn east, and go three-quarters of a mile to the field.