BAZETTA - Radio-controlled planes took to the air as the local Flying Aeros Association Chapter 153 hosted a fly-in for participants of all ages.
Doug Hannas, vice president / contest director of the Flying Aeros, said the fly-in is fundraiser that lets spectators see what the organization is all about. It also helps with the dues the AMA members pay at the club grounds located off Everett Hull Road near the Trumbull County Fairgrounds.
Planes showcased were electric and radio-controlled.
"This was at one time an active runway. Ernie Hall used to fly from here, and there were airplane rides years ago at the fairgrounds. Every once in awhile, an airplane will land here," Hannas said.
Hannas said the field is used by the 76 club members throughout the year, but the fly-in was an open house for anyone in the community to see what the group does.
"We wanted to hold a family event for all ages," he said.
Club President Dave Rock said the strip was used for emergency plane landings in the area.
"People learned to fly here," Rock said.
Taking part at the event were Kent residents Andres Lu and Andrew Collier, both seventh-graders, who brought their planes.
"I like this because we get to meet new people and watch them fly their planes," Collier said.
"It's a fun hobby," Lu said.
John Thomas of Howland, who is a retired pilot and who had a commercial plane, said, "I like to watch as much as I like to fly. Watching is just less expensive."
Thomas flew with Ernie Hall, a famous aviator who was born in Trumbull County in 1890. The Ernie Hall Aviation Museum on North River Road in Warren is being built in his honor.
"I remember when I was a teenager I came to the field when Ernie Hall was here. I was lucky to have a chance to fly with him," Thomas said.
He said the fly-ins are a fun form of aviation which is rather inexpensive.
Daryl McCauley of Champion brought a radio-controlled model B-17 bomber, and said he has always to be a member of such a club. McCauley demonstrated his plane as part of opening the fly-in.
Hannas said there was also model rocket demonstration.
Hannas said during the summer months, there will be night flying from 9 to 11 pm
"We did a freeze fly-in in January right before it got really cold," he said.
The Academy of Model Aeronautics annual fun fly is planned for 9 a.m. Aug. 3 at the site with food, a 50-50 raffle and plane demonstrations.
For information, visit www.flyingaeros.com or call 330-720-7964.