Interested in Flying? Check Out the SkyHawks

From the left: Stan Hummel, Gary Snyder, Duane Hughes, Brianna Hughes, Don Branstetter, John E. Smith, Ray S. Walker, John M. Smith, Don Enck, Leonard Shephard ,Bob Ellis, and Rob Kephart. (Photo provided by Linda Hatcher)

PHILIPSBURG – Are you familiar with SkyHawks Radio Controlled Flying Club?

They want you to be if you are a young man or girl that is 13- through 17- years-old and are interested in being part of an aviation group. The club members stressed that any age persons can join them and this can be an interesting and a fun leisure pursuit no matter what your age.

What are your interests and hobbies? Could flying be one of them? Have you ever thought of being part of a group that builds radio controlled model airplanes? Do you like the idea of flying radio control airplanes, helicopters or other aircraft? Don’t feel overwhelmed! This hobby has exploded in recent years and in this area you have local club members that are interested in instructing you.

The SkyHawk RC Flying Club has a mission. The members want to be mentors to those who share an interest in flying. This hobby might be useful if you have an interest in flying in the military in the future. Club members know there are not a lot of activities for young people in the area and it is easy to get bored and this interest can be made to order for you and perhaps other members of your family.

The RC Airplane World guide to getting started in radio control flying says there’s never been a better time to get started and “it’s a hobby that’s enjoyed by young and old alike. It’s rewarding, exhilarating, educational and addictive.”

The local club, the SkyHawks, began in the early 1970s and was organized by Don Enck, Tom Schreffler, George Truhan, Perry Richman and Bill Hummel.

The current officers are John M. Smith, president; Donald P. Enck, vice president; Steve Tubo, secretary; and Robert Kephart, treasurer. They meet the first Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. in the YMCA at Philipsburg. They want you to contact them and see if you like the program. Remember, it is open to boys and girls of any age, and from both the Clearfield and Centre counties area.

John Smith from SkyHawks; Don Branstetter, Mid-State Regional Airport; Keno Beezer, Moshannon Valley YMCA executive director, met recently with The Progress to explain their participation and program features.

They said the participants will be shown the details of how to build the planes and explained there are some that members have that can be tried out before building their own. The club will be willing to hold several meetings a week to show how to construct and fly them. It was said at the meeting that it takes about three months to build a plane and one person said, “I like to build my own, that’s where the fun is.” The planes can be taken home to be worked on.

The club will have a field ready by spring near Osceola Mills. It is now being prepared, as weather permits.

 Press Release Provided by Linda Hatcher

So if you are looking for a year round leisure pursuit and want to be with people who are eager to teach you about theirs contact the SkyHawks RC Flying Club.

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