Originally Published: September 11, 2018 7:04 p.m.
Look! Up in the sky! It’s… a model airplane!
Next weekend will provide an ample opportunity for that sentiment to take place with the Chino Valley Model Aviators holding its 12th annual Steve Crowe Fun Fly. Last year saw a pretty good crowd and the hope is for the event to be a record breaker, said Event Coordinator Marc Robbins.
New this year will be catered shredded pork sliders from Home Slice Pizza and a professional model airplane pilot, who is a member of the club, Robbins said.
“He makes his living flying in competition and also teaching, giving instruction,” he said. “He’s going to be putting on a demo flight.”
Held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, the show is mainly about giving people in the area a look at what the club does, Robbins said. As such, it’s going to be a full day of action in the air with planes up all the time so people visiting have something to look at.
There is no landing fee, though donations are appreciated and all proceeds benefit the Chino Valley Food Bank. All aircraft types and flying styles will be there, in addition to helicopter, turbine and 3D flight demonstrations at 9, 10 and 11 a.m. with open flying all other times for Academy of Model Aeronautics members. There will even be a parking lot swap meet.
According to the Chino Valley Model Aviators’ website, field rules stipulate that all pilots must follow the Academy of Model Aeronautics guidelines, which stipulate the following: not flying a model aircraft carelessly or recklessly; not interfering with and yielding the right of way to all human-carrying aircraft as per the organization’s “See and Voice Guidance” and using a spotter when appropriate; not operating model aircraft under the influence, avoiding flying directly over unprotected people, moving vehicles and occupied structures; fly free flight and control line models in compliance with the organization’s safety programming; maintaining visual contact without enhancement or complying with Advanced Flight System programming when using an advanced flight system; only flying models weighing more than 55 pounds if certified through the Large Model Airplane Program; only flying a turbine-powered model aircraft in compliance with the organization’s Gas Turbine program; not flying a powered model outdoors closer than 25 feet to any individual unless it’s taking off or landing and using an established safety line separating aircraft operations from spectators and bystanders.
“A model aircraft is a non-human-carrying device capable of sustained flight within visual line of sight of the pilot or spotter(s),” the guidelines state. “It may not exceed limitations of this code and is intended exclusively for sport, recreation, education and/or competition.”
This year is going to see a bigger 50/50 raffle with a lot of remote control airplanes, built and kids models. Robbins said he’s trying to raise money for the club with the raffle.
People coming to the Fun Fly are going to get to see aircraft and flying that they probably won’t see anywhere else in Northern Arizona, Robbins said.
“We’re going to have some of the best pilots in the country giving demonstration flights,” he said. “It’s going to be something that they won’t be able to see in this area anywhere else.”
The Chino Valley Model Aviators’ field is located at 2025 Santa Fe Trail.