First ever RC expo to be held next week
BALDWIN — After several months of planning, a group of local hobbyists will fulfill one of their primary goals next week.
The Lake County Modelers and Fliers Association will hold its first-ever West Michigan Radio Control Expo and Air Show July 12 to 14 at the Baldwin Municipal Airport. The show plans to draw premier local pilots of RC airplanes, jets and helicopters to perform for spectators during an air show, as well as allow local enthusiasts to pilot their own RC planes and cars.
Late last year, Len Todd formed the LCMFA to bring together other hobbyists interested in building and flying RC flying machines. By November, the club had 15 members. Now it has grown to 25 and includes members from as far as the Chippewa Lake area in Mecosta County.
But from the very beginning, Todd was set on organizing an air show.
The event will bring together eight other clubs from Southwest Michigan to Traverse City to the airport, where LCMFA members have helped to create an RC park. The new park includes two 400-foot-by-75-foot intersecting runways and a small RC car track. Todd plans to draw at least 30 pilots to the event.
Todd hopes the event will bring tourists to the area and showcase RC vehicles, but he also wants to grow appreciation and support for the airport.
“We put this event together to bring people to the community as tourists,” Todd said. “Part of the underlining goal here for this event is to bring about awareness for the airport, because we as a community are going to have to put money into that airport or otherwise we are going to lose it.”
As a Village of Baldwin trustee, Todd would like to see the airport maintained and even grow in the future.
Although the event is three days long, the main attraction — the air show — will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on July 13. The event is free to both spectators and pilots.
The first day of the event, July 12, is scheduled for pilots to set up and have open access to the RC park. On July 14, other hobbyists are invited to take part in flying at the park from 9 a.m. to noon. Pilots who wish to fly must be a member of the Academy of Model Aeronautics and have flown their craft five times before the event.
The RC car track will be open for use throughout the event.
The three-day event also will have vendors, food and a 50/50 raffle. Although the event is free, donations will be accepted.
For more information and registration forms, visit www.wmrce.org or email