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Review of “First in Flight” RC Jet Rally

Review of “First in Flight” RC Jet Rally

On May 20-24, 2015, the Wilson Industrial Air Center in Wilson, NC became one of the busiest airports in the country.  RC jet enthusiasts from across the country descended upon this airport to fly off it’s huge main runway and over the wide open expanse of obstacle-free property that once served as a military training base.  Event organizers Larry Lewis (CD) and myself once again worked with very supportive city/airport officials and a crack team of hard working volunteers to plan and execute this well orchestrated jet fly-in. The photo to the left shows the perfect layout that the venue promotes.  The wide, center taxiway stretching from the FBO to the runway was flanked with pilot tents and their aircraft lined the edges of the pavement so that the public could stroll by and examine them up close.  A barrier fence kept non-pilots a safe distance from startup area and flight line but bleachers positioned at show center kept them up front with an unobstructed  view of the action.  This was most appreciated by our guests whom we introduced to our awesome hobby with professionalism and flair.  Jeff Stubbs’ complete video from which the image was taken can be found by clicking this link. The weather was beautiful and the pilots kept the six flight stations busy for nearly the entire five days.  The number and variety of jets was stunning as was the skill that was demonstrated in their flight.  The equipment and airframes have evolved to a level that promotes frequent, safe operation of these high performance aircraft.  And this adds up to many, many trouble-free and impressive flights.  It also turns the event into an “airshow” for the crowd who, frankly, were...
“First in Flight” RC Jet Rally May 20-24 in Wilson, NC

“First in Flight” RC Jet Rally May 20-24 in Wilson, NC

May is a busy month for big RC events and one more to add to the list is the fantastic “First in Flight” RC Jet Rally in Wilson, NC.  This large and exciting event draws pilots from across the country to the Wilson Industrial Air Center, which has gained the reputation for being a remarkable venue for such a gathering.  Jets are flown from the 4500 x 150 foot main runway over the expansive airport grounds that almost makes it a dream experience for the participants.  With full support of the City of Wilson and the airport management, event organizers Larry Lewis and myself are given “carte blanche” to make it a safe and memorable event for pilots and spectators alike! We are expecting over 100 pilots again this year and with 300 or more jets in one place you can count on non-stop flying action.  We are also looking forward to hosting our AMA Executive Director Dave Matthewson and District IV VP Jay Marsh as our special guests. You can count on some post-event coverage here in the near...