Austin RC plane club gives dads and sons a chance to connect

Hill Country AeroModelers meet every Saturday morning to teach new pilots how to fly model RC airplanes.

AUSTIN, Texas – Many parents are looking for a chance to bond. Some find it through sports and others find it in other group activities.

On a Saturday morning in South Austin, a group looked skyward, taking experienced people and let them teach newcomers like Dave Nash.

This is my third time, the first time with Rick, and it will be my fifth total of flights, ”Nash explained.

As fun as it is for him, it’s seeing the band fly that makes him even more special.

“It was excellent, Luke,” one of the instructors told Nash’s son.

“Oh, that’s fantastic. It’s a great way to do things with your son,” he explained.

It’s a way for fathers and sons to connect, a bonding activity.

“My son has been doing this for a long time. Since then, personally, I’m just getting started. I wanted him to be here to do his own thing, to be able to fly his own planes while I learn. again, because I know it’s going to take me a little longer, “he added.

But Luke and Dave Nash aren’t the only pair like this.

“There’s a lot of peer pressure from the son, you know,” said Joe Sietz, Hill Country AeroModelers chief instructor. “I think it brings dads closer to boys and they support their dads just like the dads support them, so that’s good – it’s a team.”

It’s a group that looks skyward but ultimately finds a connection on the pitch.

“It’s our connection,” Dave Nash said. “And that leads to everything else at home too.”

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