08 Oct 2017 11:44 PM | Daren (Administrator)

Wow! What a jet rally. Fantastic group of pilots and participants, our usual great spectators and 3 of 4 absolutely fantastic warm fall New England weather days. Thank you thank you thank you to ALL involved. Congratulations to Larry Roper on his first "CD"- Contest Director event, a great one. Our mission at PIARCF (Plum Island Airport RC Flyers) is: "To promote the historic Plum Island Aerodrome, Scale Model Radio Control Aviation, AMA (the Academy of Model Aeronautics) and to inform and educate the local community and all spectators. We aim to serve RC pilots with specific needs, be it paved runway and expansive airspace for turbine powered jets or airspace needs for IMAC and Freestyle practice." I am very proud to report that on the opening day of this event (Thur Oct 5) that mission came to life at Plum Island. MIT was present with their prototype long range drone for test flights (they also use the airport), We had setup tents for the jet rally and pilots were flying, attracting spectators to the aerodrome. Pilots not flying engaged with the onlookers answering questions and sharing the hobby. Around lunchtime a call came in on the radio and 6, yes 6 beautiful bush planes with their big tundra tires came in and landed on the grass. The pilots were as interested in our jet models as we were in their bush planes, sharing aviation! The jet flying continued at a steady pace through Saturday aftrenoon. Spectators filled the parking lot and brought picnic lunches to watch the show. All in all a perfect event. Special thanks to the Plum Island Aerodrome, Historic New England, our great pilots, our wonderful spectators and all those who helped with set up and clean up. This jet rally capped off a very good season at Plum Island. We look forward to putting together another great season of events for 2018. Please see our "Events" section on this FB page in late winter as we post the schedule. Blue skies. PIARCF Officers and members.

Photo Album on Facebook- Plum Island Airport Photo Album Link

Also see photos on the District 1 MA photo/ slide show page.

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