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R/C Flyers will slip 'surly bonds of earth'

By David Pattenaude, Petrolia Topic

The Bluewater R/C Flyers will have their 37th annual memorial scale rally on Saturday, Aug. 2, starting at 9 a.m. The radio-controlled model airplanes will fly and be on display at the club's flying field at 2590 Petrolia Line, in St. Clair Township, on the north side, 500 meters east of the intersection with Plank Road. Pictured is Chris Carter's Best of Show trophy winning airplane, a Castrol-themed Ultimate, at the 2013 rally.
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The Bluewater R/C Flyers will have their 37th annual memorial scale rally on Saturday, Aug. 2, starting at 9 a.m. The radio-controlled model airplanes will fly and be on display at the club's flying field at 2590 Petrolia Line, in St. Clair Township, on the north side, 500 meters east of the intersection with Plank Road. Pictured is Chris Carter's Best of Show trophy winning airplane, a Castrol-themed Ultimate, at the 2013 rally. PHOTO SUBMITTED

A Lambton County flying field will be buzzing with activity on Saturday, Aug. 2 as the Bluewater R/C Flyers have their 37th annual memorial scale rally and slip “the surly bonds of earth.”

The rally starts at 9 a.m. and will run until about 3 p.m. and the public is invited.

The radio-controlled model airplanes will be flown and be on static display at the club's flying field. The field is at 2590 Petrolia Line, in St. Clair Township, on the north side, 500 meters east of the intersection with Plank Road.

Admission will be $5 per car and donations of food will be collected for local food banks.

Club president Art Shepherd said the rally draws 25-30 flyers from across Southwestern Ontario and Michigan and there are usually about 40 model planes. Some flyers bring more than one plane. About 60% of the flyers at the rally are members of the Bluewater R/C Flyers.

“We give people an idea of what we do,” said Shepherd, and adds that during lunchtime, the public is given a chance to fly a model trainer for a few minutes, with a dual control. The other dual control is used by the plane's owner in case the novice gets in trouble.

The trainers are flown high enough to give the owner time to prevent an accident, Shepherd said.

Trainers are easier to manoeuvre due to their slower flight speed.

Aerobatics may be performed but it depends on who shows up.

“If an aerobatic flyer shows up and wants to put his plane through some advanced manoeuvres, we give him room so nobody gets in his way,” said Shepherd.

The models can be scaled-down replicas of actual planes, including warbirds, sailplanes, biplanes, commercial airliners and many different types and designs of aircraft.

There will be a 50/50 raffle and shade tents will be on site. Spectators are encouraged to bring lawn chairs .

 


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