Wings Over Springs Charity Electric Fly In 2019 - Let’s Fly!

Event manager Douglas LeRoy put together a nice piece about their recent event complete with photos and a video!

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Wings Over Springs Charity Electric Fly

From Douglas LeRoy - Event Manager:

The Holly Springs Skyhawks Radio Control Group (AMA #5291) hosted their third annual charity event, Wings Over Springs Electric Fly In on Saturday, August 31, 2019. Sanctioned by the Academy of Model Aeronautics, this annual event is their charity fundraiser for Meg’s Smile Foundation (www.megsmile.org).

It was daybreak on Saturday, August 31, 2019 when club members and volunteers from the Holly Springs Skyhawks Radio Control Group gathered outside the Sugg Farm park complex. Up before the sun, they waited to start of final preparations for their third charity fly-in, “Wings Over Springs.” Morning lows were in the 60s with a very light cool breeze. The weather forecast was perfect for the event with highs in the upper 80s and manageable humidity levels.

Pilots arrived earlier than anticipated but plenty of volunteers were on hand to direct them and get everything in order on the event field. Pilots briefing was held promptly at 9am and the flight line was opened for general flying. In all, a final tally of eighty pilots attended and spent an enjoyable day relaxing, flying, and shooting the breeze with other pilots from all over North Carolina.

Hosts Michael Mohn, Jay Neely, and AK Mike Barsalou of the Parkflyer Podcast traveled from across the country to attend the event. They flew and spent a lot of time doing interviews and recording podcast material for upcoming shows. It was really cool to see these guys live and spend some time with them. Many who attended the event were unaware of their podcast (or podcasts in general) so they certainly picked up a few new listeners. Jay Neely was the recipient of the Laine’s Planes Hard Luck Award for his spectacular splattering of his FunRacer aircraft. Nothing that some FoamTac couldn’t fix and Jay was flying again later in the day!

This event always does a good job with getting lots of sponsors to donate some really nice pilot raffle prizes. This year, check-in for pre-registered attendees included a “goodie bag” with all the check-in items included. Some bags even contained door prizes (smaller value items) which was a very nice touch. Free ice cold bottled water was available for pilots all day long. This was very much appreciated by all who attended the event.

Noon demos opened with an impressive full-scale flyover by the Bandit Flight Team. Smoke on formation flight got the crowd pumped. Noon demos featured plenty of electric action with several EDFs, 3D Helis, and warbird formation flying. The noon demos concluded with the drawing of winners for the Intro to RC charity raffle benefiting Meg’s Smile Foundation. Lots of smiles on the faces of the public who attended at midday to enjoy the RC entertainment!!

The event also featured MultiGP Drone Racing! The course for 2019 was a technical course with elements such as a dive gate, ladder, corkscrew and several other tight sections which allowed the pilots to really test their skills. Congratulations to the winners and to Hangar 18 Hobbies for providing the cool plaques! FattyEL for first place, followed by Baymax (2nd) and That_Kyle_Guy (3rd) who were top of the class of the 11 pilot field.

Wings Over Springs Charity Electric Fly In 2019 - Drone Racing! (0 min 48 sec)

There are some unique things the Skyhawks did that other clubs might want to consider for their own events. The raffle was called a Pilot’s Choice Raffle. Prizes were arranged on several tables with a prize number assigned to each one. A corresponding numbered ticket jar was with each prize (grouped by sponsor) and the pilots place their tickets only in the jars of prize numbers they want to win. This year, unlike previous years, there was a grand prize - a beautiful Ohio Model Products - YAK 55M. This was a separate drawing from the Pilot’s Choice Raffle and was only accessible to those who purchased a specific number of general raffle tickets. The aircraft was fully assembled and ready to bind and fly. The kit was provided by Plane Nutz RC. All hardware, motor, servos, and esc were provided by Hangar 18 Hobbies and assembly and finishing was done by the Flight Doctors. The club was very pleased with all aspects of the raffle this year!

Flying continued at Wings Over Springs until 5 pm and all the departing pilots were pleased with the day. The buzz and the hope is that everyone (and all their friends) will return again next year. Mark the calendar folks - Saturday, September 5, 2020. BE THERE!

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Sep 06, 2019, 11:46 AM
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RDRC of Raleigh had at least 8 there and all had a great time! It was fun to meet and talk to the Parkflyer Podcast hosts too!
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