North Georgia Model Aviators Draws Crowds with Annual “Extreme Fun Fest” Event

This past weekend, dozens of spectators and model airplane pilots flocked to the North Georgia Model Aviators airstrip in Dawson County to take part in the club’s annual “Extreme Fun Fest Airshow.”

Model airplanes await takeoff during the North Georgia Model Aviators “Extreme Flight” air show on Saturday, Sept. 17. (Photo by Will Jones)

The event lasted from Friday September 16th to Sunday September 18th and featured some of the best model airplane pilots from around the world flying model airplanes of all shapes, sizes and difficulty levels.

According to TJ Klise, president of North Georgia Model Aviators (NGMA), the turnout from pilots and spectators at this year’s event was “fantastic.”

“It’s absolutely amazing,” Klise said. “We have 38 or 39 pilots registered today, we have the Extreme Flight demo team here so they will be demoing once we start serving lunch and team demos which will be great.”

The event was sponsored by Extreme Flight RC and Horizon Hobby, both of which contributed prizes to the raffle held on Saturday. According to Extreme Flight RC President Chris Hinson, he and his team are thrilled to have been able to partner with NGMA Group for the event once again this year.

“They have a few special events here every year to attract the public and get more exposure for the hobby and for the club, so we’ve been lucky enough to attend and sponsor them for a number of years. years,” Hinson said. “We get a bunch of guys from our team from all over Georgia, sometimes from out of state, and show off our planes and what they will do for the community.”

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A model airplane flies high in the sky during the North Georgia Model Aviators “Extreme Flight” air show on Saturday, September 17.
– photo by Erica Jones

Hinson, who started flying remote control planes at the age of five, said he had always been interested in the hobby.

“My dad was a naval aviator, so I’ve been around airplanes since I was born and always had a passion for it,” Hinson said.

This is Extreme Flight RC’s 20th year in business, and the hobby shop’s goal is to share that love and passion for remote control airplanes with others, he said.

“It’s our 20th year in business, so we’re celebrating, had a few special events and built a few special planes for it,” Hinson said. “We make radio-controlled airplanes in different sizes and styles, and we have a lot of them here today.”

For those interested in learning more about remote-controlled airplanes and getting into the hobby, Hinson said reaching out to the North Georgia Model Aviators is a great start.

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Pilots fly model airplanes during the North Georgia Model Aviators “Extreme Flight” air show on Saturday, Sept. 17. (Photo by Will Jones)

“The best thing you can do is contact the club here,” Hinson said. “We have a really good system for teaching people to fly and they can fly on what’s called a buddy box so there’s a wire that goes between two transmitters, as long as the instructor is holding down a button, the other guy can fly and if he gets in trouble he just releases the button so he can take over; it saves a lot of money and time.

For more information on the North Georgia Model Aviators, visit https://www.ngmarc.org/. For more information on Extreme Flight RC, visit https://extremeflightrc.com/.

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