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PHOTOS: North Georgia Model Aviators hold annual “Extreme Flight" fly-in event
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Model aircraft pilots fly their remote controlled model planes at the North Georgia Model Aviators’ field during the club’s “Extreme Flight” event on Sept. 24. - photo by Erica Jones

On Friday Sept. 24, local remote control airplane flying club North Georgia Model Aviators kicked off a weekend of fun, entertainment and lots of model aircraft. 

The event showcased local pilots and planes, and was open to any certified model airplane pilot to fly their aircraft in. The field was open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and lunch was available for purchase for those who stayed all day. 

According to NGMA president TJ Klise, the club decided to expand this year’s event to two days because last year’s event, which was Saturday only, was so successful. Expanding it to two days also allowed event attendees to camp overnight if they wanted to. 

“We wanted to expand it and attract some people that are campers so we’ve got some people camping over here,” Klise said, “so it’s actually been quite good.” 

According to club member Bob Marks, since last year’s event the club members have been hard at work improving the field they fly at, adding onto it and making it more useful for flying their model aircraft. 

“We cut all the trees down and cleared brush, and then we added that Astroturf out there for small jets,” Marks said. 

Klise said on Friday that he and the club expect a good turnout for Saturday, and that the response from the public has been encouraging to them as they have prepared for the event. 

“We think it’s gonna be really busy tomorrow with it being Saturday,” Klise said. “We’ve got a lot of the general public that has expressed interest, so that’s awesome.”