North Georgia Model Aviators draws crowds with annual “Extreme Fun Fest” event

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This past weekend, dozens of spectators and model aircraft pilots flocked to the North Georgia Model Aviators’ airstrip in Dawson County to participate in the club’s annual “Extreme Fun Fest Airshow”. 

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Model aircraft sit awaiting takeoff at the North Georgia Model Aviators “Extreme Flight” airshow on Saturday Sept. 17. (Photo by Will Jones)

The event lasted from Friday Sept. 16 through Sunday Sept. 18 and featured some of the best model aircraft pilots from around the world flying model aircraft of all shapes, sizes and difficulty levels. 

According to North Georgia Model Aviators (NGMA) President TJ Klise, the turnout of both pilots and spectators to this year’s event was “fantastic”. 

“It’s absolutely incredible,” Klise said. “We’ve got 38 or 39 registered pilots today, we’ve got the Extreme Flight demo team here so they’ll be doing demos once we start serving lunch and team demos which will be great.” 

The event was sponsored by Extreme Flight RC and Horizon Hobby, both of whom contributed prizes to the raffle that was held on Saturday. According to Extreme Flight RC President Chris Hinson, he and his team are excited to have gotten to partner with the NGMA group on the event once again this year. 

“They put on a couple special events out here every year to draw the public in and just get more exposure for the hobby and for the club, so we’ve been fortunate to participate in that and be a sponsor for it for the past several years,” Hinson said. “We get a bunch of our team guys from around Georgia, sometimes from out of state, and show off our planes and what they’ll do for the community.” 

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A model airplane flies high in the sky during the North Georgia Model Aviators “Extreme Flight” airshow on Saturday Sept. 17.
– photo by Erica Jones

Hinson, who began flying remote controlled aircraft when he was five years old, said that he’s always been interested in the hobby. 

“My dad was a naval aviator so I was around airplanes since I was born and just always had a passion for it,” Hinson said. 

This is Extreme Flight RC’s 20th year in business, and the goal of the hobby shop is to share this love and passion for remote control planes with other people, he said.  

“This is our 20th year in business, so we’re celebrating, had a couple special events and built a couple special planes for it,” Hinson said. “We manufacture radio control planes of various sizes and various styles, and have a lot of them out here today.” 

For those interested in learning more about remote control aircraft and getting started in the hobby, Hinson said that reaching out to the North Georgia Model Aviators is a great start. 

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Pilots fly model aircraft during the North Georgia Model Aviators “Extreme Flight” airshow on Saturday Sept. 17. (Photo by Will Jones)

“The best thing you can do is reach out to the club here,” Hinson said. “We have a really good system to teach people how to fly and they can fly on what’s called a buddy box so there’s a wire that goes between two transmitters, as long as the instructor is holding a button down the other guy can fly and if he gets in trouble he just releases the button so he can take over; it saves a lot of money and time.” 

For more information about the North Georgia Model Aviators, go to https://www.ngmarc.org/. For more information about Extreme Flight RC, go to https://extremeflightrc.com/


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