This weekend is sure to be an exciting one at the Russellville-Logan County Airport, and everyone is invited to come on out and have some good family fun for free.
The first annual 2015 Extreme 3D Fest is coming to Logan County on July 23-26 at the airport. The event will feature an expected 100 pilots from all over the United States showing off their giant scale RC airplanes and the tremendous skill it takes to fly one.
It takes years of experience to fly an RC aircraft and lots of practice. Some of the pilots use a simulator to learn how to fly. The planes themselves are very expensive and range from $5,000 and up. They are guided by a remote control and are fueled by a gasoline-oil mixture similar to a weed eater.
Jacob Helber traveled all the way from Texas to come to the 2015 Extreme 3D Fest in Logan County. He has been flying RC aircraft for two years now.
“I got started after going to a hobby shop and then was hooked,” said Helber, who advises others who may be interested in flying to find their local field and ask for help. “There are lots of people who will help you get involved in this.”
Jase Dussia and his dad John came all the way from Michigan to Logan County this weekend. Jase, who is 15 years old, was introduced to flying RC aircraft by his dad when he was eight years old. His dad began flying before Jase was born.
“I am very blessed to be able to do this with my son,” said John. “A lot of dads lose track with their kids because of the difference in their interests. Flying is something we can do together.”
Jase says he loves everything about flying RC aircraft. He and his dad have approximately 30 airplanes.
“It’s fun,” said Jase.
RC pilots are a tight knit group of people. Flying is just a part of what draws them to the hobby.
“We have met a lot of friends from all over the world flying,” said John. He and his son were able to travel to India to fly earlier this year.
Taildragger RC is sponsoring this event along with Extreme Flight. Chad Wilson is the owner of Taildragger, a company who sells RC aircraft components to the private and governmental sector.
“I am an active aviation enthusiast, RC and, full-scale pilot who is passionate about this hobby,” said Wilson, who attributes all he has to God. Wilson said he started flying when he was a kid. He said the hobby was cool because it allowed him to own several planes.
“I can own eight to 10 planes and not have the expense of a huge one,” laughed Wilson.
If you come out to this weekends event you will see rolling, looping, spinning and hovering. This event is expected to be one of the largest giant scale 3D model aircraft events ever. But that’s not all, there will be numerous vendors at the event as well including Chaney’s Dairy Barn for good ole’ fashioned ice cream. There will be food, shaved ice, and much more.
On Friday night there will be a classic car cruise-in and music. On Saturday night there will be ice cream and flying under the lights. 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.
“Come on out and enjoy this family event,” said George Offutt, Russellville-Logan County Airport board member. “We have been working on bringing this event to Logan County for over a year now. Pilots from all over the United States will be here. This is something that will be fun for kids and their parents.”
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