The Syracuse Model Aircraft Forum and Electric Fly-In was held yesterday and it was a totally enjoyable event. The event featured display tables full of aircraft depicting many aspects of the hobby, a model aircraft and components swap shop, vendor displays, a large screen computer R/C flight simulator, breakout sessions where relevant hobby topics were presented by local experts, raffles featuring some great prizes, food!, great camaraderie, and a large gym with indoor flying available all day long! Rather than me writing a long dissertation here, I will let the below photos and video tell the story.
Event photos – including a brief 3D indoor flight video:
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This brief video shows some of the great indoor flying that was on display, in this case by one of the professional flyers in attendance.
And of course, one of the biggest attractions throughout the entire daylong event was the fellowship and camaraderie of fellow modelers including those representing the highest echelons of the AMA. Seen here are AMA District II Vice President Eric Williams (left) and AMA Executive Vice President Gary Fitch (right).
But my favorite photo of what this event was all about is represented by this photo which I am titling ‘Generations‘. The young man in yellow was thrilled to win a Blade helicopter during one of the raffles and within minutes he was in the gym learning how to fly it. And looking on in approval (wearing the blue jacket) is FlyBoyz Jim Florini, President of the CNY Indoor Flying Society. By the big smile on his face, I am sure that Jim is thrilled to watch this young member of the next generation of model aviators taking his first steps in discovering the rewards of our hobby!