PRESTONSBURG — From a distance, it would be hard to tell that the skies above Stonecrest Golf Course were not abuzz with real aircraft on Saturday. Instead, it was the Stonecrest RC Flyers hosting their annual Fun Fly.
Flyers President Joe Meade says the club is out there every weekend, but this once-a-year event draws a bigger crowd of enthusiasts to celebrate the hobby. Model aircraft aviators from as far as Norton, Va., had made the trek.
Meade says that breaking into the hobby can be as inexpensive or pricy as you want to make it—helicopter kits can be found under $50, while 1/6 scale jet fighters utilizing actual turbine engines can run over $3,000.
Most of the pilots out on Saturday flew more standard propeller planes, driven by small, simple two-stroke engines. Those are more than enough to perform elaborate aerial acrobatics, while the Stonecrest RC Flyers’ mountaintop field provides a perfect scenic backdrop and their warm club camaraderie makes for a fun and inviting environment for newcomers.
Anyone interested in joining the club or learning more about the craft can visit their website, stonecrestrcflyers.com.