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
We look forward to having you join us!
Photos from 10th Annual
Pat Hagen Memorial SPA Contest
in Asheville NC
Photos by Bobbie Johns
and Bruce Underwood
The ABA banner welcomed all to the contest site.
Fun, fellowship, food, cold drinks and cake at Duane
and Penny Wilson's home Friday night.
John Nessler Jr (dad) got
his very first win in the Advanced class.
The planes are safely tucked away and everyone is
patiently awaiting the awards ceremony.
Note the coats and jackets - the wind was chilly!