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The SPA was founded 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!

Enjoy browsing the rest of our website, and feel free to contact us with any questions regarding the SPA. We've provide a link at the bottom of this page for your convenience.

We look forward to having you join us!

Photos from 2015 Hotlanta SPA Contest
by Bobbie Johns

Mr May 2006 - Scott Sappington

SPA Founder Emeritus Mickey Walker and his lovely wife
Rebekah came to the field to visit with us both days.

Russ and Becky Chiles
Mike and Julie Clements from the SPA West came all the way from Dallas, TX, to join us. Mike is a native of the Florence, AL area.


Local Scott Holcomb and his son Tom came out to watch the contest on Saturday. They paid very close attention and asked smart questions. I hope to see them at an SPA contest soon.


We modelers were again blessed with the presence of the special women who follow us to these contests and support our addiction to the SPA.
L-R: Bobbie Johns, Rebekah Walker, Peggy Phillips, Debbie Hoke, Julie Clements, and Becky Chiles

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