The SPA was founded by Mickey Walker in 1991. It is now two regions strong and has members all across the United States. The founding and guiding principles of the SPA remain unchanged from Mickey’s original vision: simple and inexpensive vintage pattern planes with the emphasis on fellowship, camaraderie and fun.
SPA legal planes are model airplanes designed prior to 1976, powered by a maximum of a .65 two stroke glow fuel engine, a .91 gasoline engine, a .95 four stroke glow fuel engine or electric motors with specific restrictions. More in depth descriptions are available in the Competitors Guide. The use of tuned pipes and retractable landing gear is prohibited, limiting the complication and cost of the aircraft. An SPA-legal airplane is no more expensive than the average airplane on the flight line at your local field. The simplicity and low cost of early Vintage models, in terms of materials and equipment, means that a level playing field is deliberately established, making practice and skill the primary difference between competitors.
The atmosphere of family-friendly fun, encouragement, laughter and great flying is an experience that will leave you hooked and very possibly turn you into a really good pilot! Welcome to vintage pattern flying, SPA style! Great fellowship and competition combined with affordable, uncomplicated, classic airplanes is a recipe for unmatched fun and enjoyment!
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We look forward to having you join us!
The 2016 Senior Pattern Association
KCRC - CD Phil Spelt
KCRC - Mama Jane Underwood calls for Bruce
KCRC - Painter's dropcloth used for rain protection
KCRC - Newlyweds Jimmy and Shannon Russell
KCRC - Scott Sappington and Beth Carver
25th Anniversary - Ann and Charlie Johns
25th Anniversary - Technical discussion a.k.a. Bull Session
25th Anniversary - Dan Toombs preparing his Intruder
25th Anniversary - CD Scott Anderson with the hardware and goodies
25th Anniversary - HQ is where the bookkeeping takes place
25th Anniversary - Neal Robinson starting his Kaos
25th Anniversary - Shannon and Jimmy Russell
25th Anniversary - Dennis and Mike Sams
Cullman - Dan Dougherty's Daddy Rabbit
Cullman - Jamie Strong's buddy Dixie Dog
Cullman - Keith Watson explains 45 degrees to Jerry Black and Bill Collins
Cullman - Jamie's nephew Jim Strong competed in his first contest
Cullman - Lavelle and Jackie Edwards
Cullman - Scott Sappington's Daddy Rabbit
Cullman - Steve Byrum's Sequel was for sale
Cullman - Pilot in Steve Drake's Intruder
Roberta - Welcome to CMJ Hobbies
Roberta - CMJ owner Chuck Walker and CD Dan Dougherty
Roberta - Inside CMJ Hobbies - Need some covering material?
Roberta - Inside CMJ Hobbies - or even a humongous P-51
Alabaster - The competitors at the SPA Masters
Alabaster - The lovely ladies attending the Masters
Alabaster - Charlie Johns and Compensator
Alabaster - Jeff Owens and Jerry Black show off the Memorial Trophy before the flyoff
Alabaster - Jim Strong made a great showing in Novice this year
Alabaster - Jeff Owens and Lori Bush
Alabaster - Jose (Joe) and Marie Grant
Alabaster - Keith Watson and Bill Collins
The 2016 SPA West Open Competitors
West Open - Photographer Keith Knotts
West Open - Pits looking south