Radio control club teaches aviation to Scouts

The White Hills Eagles Radio Control Club (WHERCC) did its part to promote the knowledge and understanding of aviation and remote control aircraft when it hosted Boy Scout Troop 27 of Shelton at a field on the Sam Stern Farm.

The Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA ), of which WHERCC is a charter member, promotes “the advancement of aviation among youth and adults” and the event met AMA strict standards of safety and learning.

About 15 scouts, ages 11 to 16, and eight dads participated in an evening of learning about model airplane safety, and how and why a model plane flies. While that was happening, other scouts were learning about the history of the F-4 U Corsair and its assembly plant here in Connecticut at the Army Engineering Plant in Stratford.

Other scouts played with a flight simulator brought by modeler Paul Bernard. Three WHERCC members offered up their personal planes as trainers so that many of the scouts had a chance to put into practice what they had learned on the flight simulators.

Officially known by AMA designation as club number 4567, WHERCC had 44 members as of March 29. It was started by four modelers who personally funded the field start up and paid the initial lease.