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In honor of National Model Aviation Day, The Sonoran Desert Flyers will be putting on a demonstration and air show this Saturday, Aug. 16 from 8 a.m. to noon.
Wow! What a show the Sonoran Desert Flyers put on Saturday at Naranja Park in Oro Valley for their annual Aviation Awareness Day. There was something for everyone - from high tech model aircraft demonstrations to para gliders plus a visit from a local medical rescue helicopter. The morning started out darn chilly but it soon heated up with the enthusiasm of the crowd reacting to the skillfulness of the flyers putting their aircraft through acrobatic maneuvers. And some of the most skillful flyers were the kids as young as 8 and 11 years old! One of the best things about the event was that all the raffle proceeds went to the Wounded Warrior Project! Congratulations to the Sonoran Desert Flyers and to the town of Oro Valley for providing a super family event.
An aviation day is scheduled on Pearl Harbor Day, December 7 at Naranja Park in Oro Valley. The event runs from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
The challenge for the Real World Design Challenge for high school students was simple yet very complex: design and program an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) to search for an injured and immobilized child in a search area that was a little more than 12.5 square miles.
The miracle of flight is something some people use only for travel, others compete with it, but for Oro Valley resident Paul Moffett, he now uses the miracle of flight for joy as he glides above Marana.
In early May, I received an email from a gentleman who read my article about taking a flying lesson in a Cessna. He enjoyed it, but invited me out to fly in a glider with the Tucson Soaring Club, saying it was a cheaper way to learn how to fly.
Paul Moffett, who is a member of the Tucson Soaring Club, goes over a few final pointers with Tucson resident Rebecca Prechtel prior to her first glider flight, which was above Marana.
A two-seater glider makes a safe landing onto the Tucson Soaring Club’s runway west of Marana.
Paul Moffett, who has been a member of the Tucson Soaring Club for about two years, has found gliding to be a nice change from flying jets commercially and jets in the Navy.
Explorer Newspaper photographer Randy Metcalf takes part in a glider flight.
Paul Moffett, who is a member of the Tucson Soaring Club, briefly goes over the instruments inside a glider with Tucson resident Rebecca Prechtel
Paul Moffett unhooks a glider from its tie downs.
A glider soars overhead at about 5,000 feet.
With the help of others, Oro Valley resident Paul Moffett, right, brings a glider out onto the runway at the Tucson Soaring Club runway west of Marana.
Oro Valley resident Paul Moffett, who is a safety officer for the Tucson Soaring Club, readies a glider for flight.
More than 3,000 track and field athletes from 105 schools gathered to compete in Arizona’s largest annual track meet at the 72nd Chandler Invitational on March 23-24.
Sunday tickets good for Thursday’s game at Kino
“Did I make up the right workouts? Did we taper correctly? Did I mentally prepare them just right, or was it too much? Are we ready?”
CDO boys, girls cross-country teams do well in Chandler
The Canyon Del Oro High School track teams ended their 2011 season on a good note, with the girls taking the state championship, and the boys taking second place.
The girls and boys track and field teams at Canyon del Oro High School had plenty of reasons to celebrate over the weekend. The girls team won the Division 2 state championship while the boys team repeated their second place finish from last year. It was the best combined finish by any school in the Division 2 state meet, said the teams’ coach, Rick Glider.
Three track stars at Canyon Del Oro High School performed well at the national level, yet they considered the experience at the Arcadia Invitational, in Los Angeles, a humbling one.