100 Mile Model fun fly event successful

Everything from electric to gas-fueled 10 footers flew at 99 Mile field

This B47 Thunderbolt was zipping through the air at the 100 Mile Model Flyers Club of Model Aeronautics Association of Canada fun fly event with incredible speed on July 23-24. There were more than 50 model planes on display and in the air during the two-day event.

The sky was abuzz with the sounds of small aircraft engines above the 99 Mile Snowmobile Club site on July 23-24.

More than 50 model planes varying in size were on display and in the air at the 100 Mile Model Flyers Club of Model Aeronautics Association of Canada fun fly event.

However, there was no contest for the biggest or the fastest plane at this event. It’s just a place for those who love model plane aeronautics to come together and share the sky.

People come out just to fly and socialize,” says 100 Mile Model Flyers Club president Bill Hood.

Unlike the normal fly day events that the 100 Mile House club has every Sunday, this fun fly event invited flyers from all over British Columbia with some as far as Prince George, such as Gord Jack with his Competition Pattern Plane.

Jack is a former Model Aeronautics Association of Canada Championship runner-up and he was certainly showing off some skills during his first flight.

For those participating in model plane competitions, it isn’t about the speed, but it’s more about how smoothly and accurately a flyer can complete a series of patterns.

There were also many pilots who were simply casual flyers and they came out to fly and check out the other model planes.

Hood says getting into model planes is less expensive than it used to

be.”

“The radio gear alone back then was more expensive then the planes are now.”

As he watched a model plane take off, he commented on why one would get into model plane flying.

It’s something for people who are interested in aviation. It’s also much cheaper than buying an actual plane.”

Before a flyer had their plane take off, they were assigned a spotter to help them guide the plane and keep watch for any interferences, such as wind or other model planes.

The entire event was a very friendly environment with flyers helping each other with technical issues or preparing the planes for flight.

There were several raffle prizes, including a complete Piper Cub, which was won by Ron Benson from 100 Mile House.

The 100 Mile Model Flyers Club of Model Aeronautics Association have a local fly event every Sunday afternoon, weather permitting, at the 99 Mile Snowmobile Club site.

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