Rolling, looping, spinning and hovering- that is what spectators will see taking place at the 2015 Extreme 3D Fest coming to the Russellville-Logan County Airport July 23-26. Event organizers are expecting as many as 100 pilots from across the United States at this year’s event, which has grown over the years into one of the largest giant scale 3D model aircraft events ever.
On Friday night there will be a classic car cruise-in and music. On Saturday night there will be a movie and ice cream and flying under the lights. Food vendors will be on hand, as well as merchandise vendors.
Remember to bring your own chair or quilt and sit back and watch some of the best model flyers in the world. Festival organizers recommend bringing umbrellas in case the weather gets too hot and shade is needed.
The public is invited to attend this free event from 9 a.m.-11 p.m. each day.
A radio-controlled model aircraft (often called RC aircraft or RC plane) is a small flying machine that is controlled remotely by an operator on the ground using a hand-held radio transmitter. The transmitter communicates with a receiver within the craft that sends signals to servomechanisms (servos) which move the control surfaces based on the position of joysticks on the transmitter. The control surfaces, in turn, affect the orientation of the plane.
Flying RC aircraft as a hobby has been growing worldwide with the advent of more efficient motors (both electric and miniature internal combustion or jet engines), lighter and more powerful batteries and less expensive radio systems. A wide variety of models and styles is available.
Scientific, government and military organizations are also utilizing RC aircraft for experiments, gathering weather readings, aerodynamic modeling and testing, and even using them as drones or spy planes.