Welcome to the online home of the Thermal Thumbers of Metro Atlanta!
Free flight modeling is an aesthetic blend of aerodynamics, art, science, relaxation,
sport and camaraderie. Here you'll find information about Thermal Thumbers of Metro Atlanta
(TTOMA) and affiliated national and international
organizations. We also provide information for newcomers and beginners in our
hobby and sport.
We are the area's only free flight club and welcome visitors
to all of our events.
We fly free flight models. They do not have radios in them so they are controlled only
by the skill of the flier.
AMA club number 1834
What is Free Flight?
FREE FLIGHT is the
magic of model airplanes flying free, sometimes climbing as high as the clouds
or just circling silently indoors under a gymnasium ceiling. For experts and new
modelers alike, such flights give rise to feelings of wonder and satisfaction.
For many fliers involvement in the sport of free flight begins after first
watching a model airplane fly beyond expectations. But such viewers should be
made aware of the possible unanticipated outcome of their involvement. What may
start as just curiosity about model aircraft can develop into a rewarding
life-long interest. Unsuspecting newcomers to the sport frequently become
strongly committed to model aviation.
Motivated beginners soon pursue the
quest for model building skills, with their minds filled with visions of their
aircraft sailing far and away overhead. In the early learning phases, most
“students” are helped with structured mentoring by experienced modelers as part
of an educational program. With good construction methods and flight adjustment
techniques reasonably mastered, involvement in organized free flight
competitions becomes the usual next step. Once the “competition bug” gains firm
hold, the process of building, flying and competing in contests becomes a way of
Long-time devotees to model aviation will confirm that free flight
presents unlimited constructive challenges for youths and adults. Participants
acquire and apply a knowledge base of model building materials, tools,
construction methods and engineering concepts, and in the process learn to
incorporate good aerodynamic principles in their aircraft. In return, the sport
of free flight offers many personal rewards including lessons well learned,
knowledge and judgement gained, lasting friendships made, and opportunities
taken to compete with model aircraft that fly free of earthly
this great description of free flight from NFFS"