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Airplanes to take flight in Forsyth

Model Aviators to hold huge show, open house Sept. 28

Chris Kennedy, foreground, is staged first in line to enter the runway for takeoff at the Georgia Model Aviators Airfield. (click for larger version)

Chris Hinson, founder and president of the Forsyth County-based Extreme Flight RC, tests a prototype, gas-powered, 91-inch wingspan Yak 54 giant-scale airplane at the Georgia Model Aviators Airfield. (click for larger version)
September 17, 2013
FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — The Georgia Model Aviators (GMA) in Forsyth County want to re-introduce themselves to the community with a show Sept. 28.

From 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., the GMA club membership and the GMA Airfield plan a demonstration and open house on flight, 8250 Old Federal Road, Ball Ground, in north Forsyth.

"We want to share the benefits of our club with the community," said David Roberts, a lead event organizer and GMA training coordinator.

Roberts said the day of aviation will include some amazing flight demonstrations of three-dimensional airplanes, drone-style quadcopters and a perfect flying replica of a B-29 with four 80cc gasoline engines and weighing over 90 pounds.

"The whole drone and burgeoning unmanned aircraft technology is really quite intriguing to many," Roberts said. "The GMA club wants to show how some of that stuff works, and how positive the GMA club and airfield is for the community."

The club, which meets on the 65-acre Forsyth County property, has a membership of about 300 pilots from across North Atlanta.

The event is free to attend. Visitors will find concessions and a raffle including large items from local stores, including Home Depot and Lowes, with proceeds to benefit the Independence Fund.

"The mission is to earn enough to provide an all-terrain wheelchair to a United States veteran severely injured in the line of duty," Roberts said. "Our raffle and fundraising is in full gear for the worthy cause."

Featured at the event will be meticulously built giant-scale World War I and II aircraft. Mac Hodges and his team from Americus, Ga., will fly a 21-foot wingspan, four-engine B-29, and they may drop the rocket-driven Bell X-1 for a test flight, Roberts said.

On display and flying will be turbine and duct fan jets, gas-driven scale aerobats, sail planes, civilian-scale aircraft, rockets and helicopters.

Visitors can get a firsthand look at new age quadcopters with first person view (FPV) technology on board. Visitors will also find flight simulators and industry vendors.

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