Fourth annual Rotor Head Rally set for Sept. 13

Sep. 03, 2014 @ 09:51 AM

On Sept. 13, the public has been invited to watch model helicopter pilots from throughout North Carolina and Virginia put their model helicopters through aerobatics maneuvers at the fourth annual Rotor Head Rally.

The rally will be held, as it is each year, by the 95th Squadron Radio Control Model Airplane Club at the club’s flying field in Gaston.

During the event, pilots will compete for a trophy by racing from one end of the runway to the other in two-model heats. Pilots will also test their autorotation skills in a competition where they will take their helicopters up to about 1,000 feet, shut off their throttle and try to auto-rotate back to a target on the field.

Spectators and pilots alike will have an opportunity to win a new, ready-to-fly electric-powered quadcopter raffle prize. Other raffle prizes include a radio transmitter case, a remote glow igniter system and a six-cell battery pack. Tickets will be on sale throughout the day for $1 each or six for $5. Participants do not need to be present to win.

Lunch and sodas will be available at the field.

Flying will begin at 9 a.m. and will continue throughout the day.

There is no admission charge for spectators.

The field is located just off of N.C. 46 in Gaston, just west of the Interstate-95 Gaston exit. Participants should turn onto the access road next to Redwine’s Parts. The entrance is marked with a 95th Squadron sign.

For more information, contact contest director Frank Mintz at (434) 577-9133 or frank.mintz@gmail.com.

The club’s web site is 95thsquadronrc.com.