Baldwin Airport to host West Michigan RC Jet Rally

BALDWIN — The Baldwin Municipal Airport may be too small to handle full size jets, but it's the perfect size for some not-so-full-size aircraft.

From Thursday, June 11 to Saturday, June 13, the Lake County Modelers and Flyers Association, along with several other radio control and modeling clubs, will host the West Michigan RC Jet Rally at the Baldwin Municipal Airport.

The rally will feature model jet pilots from all over the state coming to Baldwin and showing each other, and the public, their best and fastest models. More than 30 flyers are expected to attend, bringing upwards of 60 RC models with them.

"It's a family event," said group leader Len Todd. "Everyone who comes out there comments on how unique it is. There are only 54 model jet pilots in Michigan and we get about half of them here for this event."

Todd said the Baldwin Airport is an ideal space for the event as it has plenty of space, a low volume of regular traffic and the amenities of Baldwin just down the road.

The public is invited to watch and enjoy the event. Bleachers will be set up or spectators can bring their own accommodations.

"We like to put on an event everyone can enjoy," said Todd. "I like it because it brings people to the village and it's something I can do with my grandkids or work with on with the students up at the school."

Prizes will be offered to pilots based on how many flights they can complete throughout the day. There will be food and refreshments and Todd will give kids the chance to fly one of his planes using what he calls a "buddy box," a device that allows him to take control of the plane if the child flying it gets into any trouble.

"It will start about 10 a.m.," explained Todd. "People set up their jets and we fly them until dark. We always try to keep at least one plane up in the air at all times so people have something to see."

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