The WRAM show is normally held on the last full weekend of February each year, and is open to the public through at daily. Daily rates are $15.00 per adult, and children under 16 are admitted free!
Overall Best in Show: $1000
Best in each class ($200 First place, $100 second and $50 for third in Class)
Junior Competition (age 16 and under)Best Junior Entry: $150Trophies for second to sixth places
Small prizes for all other entries(Note: Junior Class entries can be any kind of Radio Controlled Model)
All models must be operable and radio-controlled.
One of the latter program's instructors, Tony Tartaglia, offers insights after some 15 years of experience:
Kids have a sustained interest in even the simplest of planes like the WRAM Flyer. You must view this as both a building and flying project. In our experience the controlled flying competition that takes place after the building is done carries more impact than the actual building.
Once the Flyer models are done, the flying phase begins. This is the most satisfying stage of the project for instructors as well as students. The competition is simple. dollar bills are hung from the ceiling roughly six to eight feet apart. Each youngster gets to fly his model, one at a time, and trims his plane with the goal of hitting the dollar or the string attached to it. Of course, he keeps the prize if he hits it! The planes are trimmed with a small amount of clay in the nose to keep them from climbing. After each flight, the instructors discuss each plane's performance, suggesting any improvements possible in balance or launching techniques. Each participant then gets to fly again.
The fly-off has proven to be the most eagerly awaited part of the project. This is evidence of the interest and enthusiasm kids have to see the planes perform well. Without doubt the project would not be nearly as successful without the attention given to each kid, his or her plane, and its flight.
After the project of building and flying the WRAM Flyer, what's next? That depends on the age of the modeler and his or her contact with adults, parents, or teachers interested in model aviation. Over time, the most significant contribution to these kids' interest in models has been the satisfaction of watching their simple planes fly. With no regard for the experience of their builders, these planes give kids a taste of the thrill of model flying.
For those interested in model kits of the kind described, we have them available and imprinted with the colorful Hat in the Ring logo at $2 each, plus shipping. (Local hobby shops may have similar kits under the name Delta Dart).