For 7th year, Turners Falls hosts day of flying

  • At the Franklin County Radio Control Club’s Fun Fly at Turners Falls Airport, Mike Prosciak of Easthampton flies a model heliocopter. Recorder File Photo

  • Beast, a 26-lb, 100cc motor-driven plane flown by National Champion Dean Lampron, flies at last year’s Fun Fly at Turners Falls Airport. Recorder File Photo

Recorder Staff
Monday, June 19, 2017

TURNERS FALLS — Families looking for unique Father’s Day fun can watch model airplanes swoop and zip across the sky Sunday, or try flying them themselves.

The seventh annual Father’s Day Fun Fly, organized by the Franklin County Radio Control Club, will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Turners Falls Airport.

David Korpiewski, president of the Franklin County Radio Control Club, said the event, which is free to attend, features a model plane and helicopter air show, extreme combat flying, multi-rotor demonstrations, quadcopter racing, hands-on simulators, raffles, food by the Turners Falls Fire Department and a demonstration by national model plane flying champion Dean Lampron.

According to Korpiewski, the event has its roots back in 2011, when the club was looking for a way to raise awareness about the model airplane hobby and “bring to the community a love of aviation.”

“The club had never reached out to the community,” he said.

With only a handful of members helping to organize the inaugural Fly Day, Korpiewski was pleased to see the time and energy put in was worthwhile when, the following week, 14 people signed up as new members.

“It was like the greatest reward of all,” he said.

Fly Day is always purposefully scheduled for Father’s Day. Korpiewski believes the event allows fathers, like himself, a chance to share their interest in model planes.

“A lot of fathers, especially older fathers, had model airplanes growing up, so this is part of their childhood,” he said. “As a father myself, I think fathers like to share what they love with their families.”

Over the years, Korpiewski said the event has grown to attract as many as 700 to 800 people. It is held rain or shine, though he said the club does not fly planes in the rain.

For those who don’t have their own planes or haven’t flown one before, Korpiewski said club members will oversee attendees in trying out a plane. Using a buddy box, where two remote control aircraft radio systems are joined together, club members can take control if necessary.

The professional aeronautics in particular is something to be seen, Korpiewski said.

“The first thing (new attendees will) say is ‘Wow, amazing, I didn’t know they could do that,’” he said. “We can do things with drones and helicopters, that (with) real ones you’d injure the pilot … It’s just astounding.”

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