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What is being billed as possibly the biggest radio-controlled model-airplane flying event of the year is set to fill the skies north of the DeLand Municipal Airport 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9.

“We’re trying to bring back the feeling of such past successful events as the Festival of Giants,” said David Shorrock, president of DeLand’s Golden Hawks RC Club.

Shorrock expects a minimum of 30 radio-control pilots from all over Central Florida to bring their planes to the RC Air-Fest show and to fly.

There will also be an active swap meet, with radio-controlled airplanes of all sizes and complexities for sale.

This meet will be more interactive than recent shows, Shorrock said, with morning and afternoon breaks in flying so that fans can come on the flight line and check out the planes close-up, and talk with their owners and pilots.

At midday, aerobatic displays of extreme flight, some using smoke trails, are planned.

Refreshments and lunch will be available, as well.

Admission is a $5 donation per carload of people.

To reach the radio-controlled club’s flying field at 1000 RC Club Drive, DeLand, adjacent to the entrance to the Sperling Sports Complex off Marsh Road, follow the signs from International Speedway Boulevard (U.S. 92) for the Sperling Sports Complex, east of the airport.


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