Lake County Modelers and Fliers Association to host RC expo next weekend

BALDWIN — In its second year, organizers of the West Michigan Radio Control Expo and Air Show hope to make the event bigger and better than last year’s debut.

The three-day show will be held July 11 to 13 at the Baldwin Municipal Airport, and is hosted by the Lake County Modelers and Fliers Association.

RC helicopter pilots, RC jet pilots, RC plane pilots, RC car and truck racers and spectators are all invited to come out and enjoy the fun, said Len Todd, president of Lake County Modelers & Flyers Association.

“We’re having a lot of pilots come in from all over just to hang out and fly with us,” Todd said. “They’re going to be putting on a pretty good show for the spectators. We’re really looking forward to the event.”

This event is being planned and conducted by several clubs throughout the state, including Twisted Sticks, Tail Twisters, TRAMPS, Reed City Flyers, West Michigan Skyhawks and others.

“It’s been a complete joint effort,” Todd said.

Todd expects the event to draw in about 500 spectators. Last year there were 32 pilots and 100 planes. This year, Todd hopes to have 50 pilots and 150 planes.

The air show, which is the event’s main attraction, will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, July 12. The event is free to both spectators and pilots.

The first day of the event, Friday, July 11, is scheduled for pilots to set up and have open access to the RC park.

The RC park has a 3,800 foot paved main runway for jets and giants, and a new RC Car/Truck race track for truck and cars.

Pilots who wish to fly must be a member of the Academy of Model Aeronautics, but anybody interested can drive RC vehicles on the car/truck race track.

The three-day event also will offer food and drink service, vendors and prizes for pilots and drivers.

Although the event is free, donations will be accepted.

For more information and registration forms, visit wmrce.org or email wmrce@att.net.