Model airplane club helps Cuban flyers

100 Mile Flyers Society donating old radio-controlled airplane (RCA) equipment

John Code

John Code

One man’s trash is another man’s treasure and that’s the premise 100 Mile Flyers Society is going on as members bundle up old radio-controlled airplane (RCA) equipment for RCA enthusiasts in Cuba.

RCA technology is ever-changing and the club and its members have collected a small mountain of out-dated parts over the years. The used transmitters, receivers and engines will soon be sent to Cuba and again be put into service by people who might otherwise not be able to afford to fly model planes.

Society president Bill Hood says when new, the equipment was worth several thousand dollars, but it’s old technology and members now have no use for it.

“It would have been sent for recycling otherwise. It feels good for us to donate to the less fortunate.”

The gear will be driven to Toronto by someone who already has a trip planned. From there, the Model Aeronautics Association of Canada will ensure it gets to Cuba.