Everyone loves a good aerial show. Whether you’re just a humble spectator or a full-fledged RC helicopter enthusiast, you would love to check out the aerial acrobatics on display at the Central Alabama Helicopter Fly-In.
This event, the largest in the Southeastern United States, is the starting gun of the flying season for RC helis. David Harkey and fellow club members of the Birmingham Helicopter Modelers have been working for over a decade to make this show one of the best in the country.
The three-day event plays host to a multitude of copters, including sport, scale, gas-powered, electric, nitro, and turbine helis.
All pilots are urged to avoid the revered “Birmingham Ditch,” a Bermuda Triangle-like hotspot for copter crashes. But try as they might, even the most skilled pilots have found this mysterious ditch to be a massive obstacle.
The fans may appreciate seeing a good, old-fashioned crash-and-burn, akin to NASCAR fans, but the pilots would much rather showcase their talents and not their recovery speed at this hotbed for RC action.
Vendors and owners of local hobby shops are welcome to set up and offer their items to all attending.
Not only do fans get to shop for some pretty exciting new stuff, the pilots also get to purchase their much-needed parts to rebuild for the next day of flight.
Revisions to the field layout are being made before the start of the 2009 show, in order to give trailer travelers viable access through the field.
More than 500 spectators crowded the area last year to watch and join in on the festivities. And 175 pilots registered to fly, breaking the previous record by over 20 pilots.
Helicopter kits and other prizes are given away, and anyone is welcomed to become a registered pilot in the event if they pay the entry fee ($50 for 2008 – subject to change for 2009).
Spectators pay $10 for the first event, and $5 per additional event, with JR’s and SR’s receiving admission for $5. The event takes place March 20, 21, and 22, 2009.
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