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18 In an ongoing effort to keep the sport alive and thriving, the Townsville Aeromodellers Club is creating a strong sense of community and camaraderie around aeromodelling by inviting the younger generation to join their members on the flying field. Club President Richard Riley said his Club felt it was important to open their flying field to the younger people in their local community. “Our Club has a great sense of camaraderie and we have a very welcoming community here, that encouragesmembers of the public to come to our Have A Go Days and try their hand at flying,” Richard said. “Our public events allow the younger generation to share in the thrill and fun of aeromodelling in a safe and fun environment, “We welcome any age andmake sure all the instructors are suited to each child’s needs and requirements. All our instructors have blue cards and take pride in showing the children how to fly.” Richard stated that with the demographic of pilots only getting older, it is vital that all Australian clubs take the younger pilots under their wing to show them the ropes and share the thrill and fun of flying. “Have A Go Days are a great way to showcase our sport to members of the community who otherwisemay not have even known anything about aeromodelling,” he said. “It could also create newmembers, welcoming families and youngsters to our flying fields. We have a large, diverse range of aircraft at our flying fields from turbines to pulse jets. It’s a great way to showcase what we have on offer.” How theMAAA Can help you hold a Have A Go Day? When it comes to publicising events froma grassroots level, theMAAA is here to lend a helping hand, providing young Aeromodellers have a go