Welcome to the Senior Pattern Association web site!
The SPA, founded in 1991 by Mickey Walker, 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 vision: simple and inexpensive vintage pattern planes with
the emphasis on fellowship and camaraderie and fun.
SPA legal planes are airplanes designed prior to 1976, and powered
by up to a .65 two stroke or a .95 four stroke, or electric powered
with specific restrictions.
More in depth descriptions are available in the Competitors
Guide. Tuned pipe and retract use are prohibited,
limiting the cost and complication. 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 fun, encouragement, laughter, and great flying is
an experience that will leave you hooked, and if you’re not careful,
make a really good pilot out of you! Welcome to vintage pattern
flying, SPA style! Enjoy browsing the pages of this website, and
feel free to contact us with any questions regarding the SPA. Great
fellowship and competition combined with affordable, uncomplicated,
classic airplanes is a recipe for unmatched fun!
We look forward to seeing you!