Falcon Radio Controlled Model Airplane Club members will display models Saturday, May 19, at the Base Exchange, and since it's always much easier to demonstrate why they enjoy their sport than it is to explain it, an open house will be held at the base RC Flying Field, Sunday, May 20, from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.
The field, located just east and a bit north of the new parking area by the Building 1200 series, will feature flying, the chance to fly a plane via a dual control set-up, and free hot dogs and sodas.
More importantly, you'll be able to see some of the skills of current members and enjoy the real thrill of what new entrants into the hobby may eventually attain.
The hobby has expanded from balsa wood to foam planes making it easier than ever to try the sport without shelling out big bucks. Foam models with the remote control transmitter radios can be relatively inexpensive, and are a little more forgiving when it comes to crashes. These days gliders are inexpensive and easy to fly as one club member, Chanx Nguyen demonstrated at an event last year. His model was so light it could travel up thermals without power if necessary.
"(The foam models) can be easier to fix because if they break you put in some epoxy and some toothpicks to put them back together," said Chief Master Sgt. (Ret.) Rick LaRocque, club president
Some twenty or thirty years ago, a new enthusiast trying to learn the sport had to take his chances that his aircraft would be demolished within a moment or two of flying time.
The modern dual-control method now allows beginners a period of time to get the hang of flying before solo flights.
To ask questions and see some examples of planes visit the BX on May 19 from 10 a.m. until mid afternoon. To enjoy a chance to see them in flight, and try out a dual-controlled flight, check out the action on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Turn east off Wardleigh Road by the new parking lot, turn left before the Munitions Gate onto a paved road which turns briefly into gravel just before the Remote Controlled Flying Area parking lot.