Adirondack Family Fun: Fun Fly for Hospice

Fighter planes and dogfights are just part of the program for the Plattsburgh Radio Aeromodelers (PRAM) this weekend at Memorial Field in Beekmantown. For the 8th consecutive year this radio controlled air show will be raising funds for Hospice of the North Country. On average the event draws 24-50 pilots who in turn bring anywhere from 6-24 planes. The sky will be awash with replica WWII radio-controlled planes like the Spitfire, P51 Mustang, B25 Mitchell, F6F Hellcat as well as a few jets aircrafts and other more recent models.The two-day event is just a chance to introduce people to the radio control flying hobby. This event is not a competition but a fun opportunity to see the machines in action and get a chance to perhaps even fly one.

That is what got my children’s attention when I mentioned wanting to attend. To be surrounded by interesting model planes is fun but getting a chance to take the controls is raising the bar to a whole new level. The last time we went to a model air show we were only able to sit and watch. According to President of PRAM Douglas Seamon there will be a pit area where pilots will connect transmitters that will allow a novice pilot to fly a plane. This way the inexperienced pilot can truly fly the plane but the owner can take over the controls if he sees his very expensive investment taking an unwilling nosedive.

The 8th-annual radio controlled air show donates100% of the proceeds to Hospice. Through sponsorship and donations the goal this year is to raise between $3,500 to $5,000. Those funds will go toward to comfort and care of other people, making sure the patient care is managed effectively.

Though my children may not understand about Hospice on a personal level, they certainly understand about making someone comfortable when she has ill. Hospice is a care program for the terminally ill that includes home visits by professionals with a focus on comfort rather than a cure.

The Hospice Fun Fly will take place June 12-13 from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at PRAM’s airfield at 185 Rooney Road in Beekmantown. The entry fee is $5.00/carload, which goes directly to Hospice.


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