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August 5, 2013

Radio flyers takes off

Although the Oneonta Radio Control Flyers had to pack in early on Sunday because of the weather, the group had an enthusiastic showing according to club president Paul Meyer.

“I guess we had about 100 people here yesterday (Saturday) and 17 pilots flying,” Meyer said.

The show took place Saturday and Sunday at Gilbert Fuel Sports Park in Gilbertsville. Several participants stayed the weekend in personal campers. 

Students from Gilbertsville-Mt. Upton Central School sold concessions at the show.

Most of the participants were gone by 2 p.m. on Sunday.

“Saturday was beautiful,” Meyer said. “We had a good show. Too bad about the rain and wind today (Sunday). A lot of people packed up early because of the weather.”

The radio control model airplane show included giant-scale aerobatic models, early fighter planes and small electric flyers.

“I am always learning something,” said Oneonta Radio Control Flyer member Al Kanser of Garrettsville. “There is always a new airplane to see. I take personal pride in building my airplanes. Like my one-third sized Piper Cub. It flies full scale.”

The Radio Control Flyers build their airplanes true to the design of the original crafts, scaling down the size and controlling the planes with transmitters. The pilots, who are stationed behind a fly zone, only perform maneuvers that the historic, full-scale crafts would perform.

“Like this World War I German plane, it would perform three or four maneuvers – evasive maneuvers and dog fights,” Kanser said. “Back then these planes were cutting edge.”

The weekend show was more of a fun festival than a competition. There were no mock aerial dog fights. However, as many as four airplanes were up in the air at the same time.

Most of the pilots build their own planes, and it can take more than a year of patiently piecing the craft together. It must then have three test flights before it can fly with other model airplane.

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