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The Pilots at the 4th Annual East Tennessee SPA Contest
L-R: Bill Dodge (kneeling), Jeong Hur, Ben Spidle, Vic Koenig, Norman Bonnette, CD Jimmy Russell (kneeling), Terry Boston, Jerry Black, Jamie Strong (rear), Warren Oliver,  Ellis Newkirk and Dave Phillips
Not shown: Jim Johns

Welcome to vintage pattern flying for ALL AGES!

The Senior Pattern Association was founded by AMA Model Aviation Hall of Fame member Mickey Walker in 1991 on the guiding principles of his original vision: simple and inexpensive vintage pattern planes with the emphasis on fellowship, camaraderie and fun. The atmosphere of relaxed 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!

SPA competition involves pre-turnaround one maneuver per pass aerobatics flying vintage pattern designs designed and flown prior to 12/31/1979. Great fellowship and competition combined with affordable, uncomplicated, classic airplanes is a recipe for unmatched fun and enjoyment!

Specific rules governing approved aircraft and current maneuver schedules can be found in the Competitors Guide (link below). Basically, SPA-legal planes are model airplanes designed prior to 12/31/1979, powered by a maximum of a .65 two stroke or .95 four stroke glow fuel engine, a .91 gasoline engine, or electric motors with specific restrictions. The use of tuned pipes is not allowed, limiting the complication and cost of the aircraft. Retractable landing gear is allowed. 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.

Here are some links to specific information about the SPA. Explore the menu up top for much more information.

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

We look forward to having you join us!

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