October 23, 2018
About 50 model aircraft enthusiasts turned out at the Kingaroy Aero Modellers airfield at Booie on Saturday to enjoy a weekend of loops, dives and victory rolls.
Grey skies threatened at times but the two-day fly-in went ahead without a hitch.
KAMS president John Box said visiting pilots from Samford Valley, Toowoomba, Burnett Heads and Maryborough had shared a great weekend with South Burnett members.
Several visitors camped overnight at the airfield.
A special guest at the weekend was Doug Moody, editor of Airflow, the official magazine of the Model Aeronautical Association of Queensland.
Doug was taking photos of the many participants which will feature in an upcoming edition of the publication.
Speaking at the official opening on Sunday morning, John said the club had been using the airfield for more than 20 years.
He extended a special thank you to the McLennan family – Bill, Mary, Stewart and Peter – who own the property.
“Our club wouldn’t exist or be so successful without your support,” he said.
John said the weekend had been organised to promote the sport of aeromodelling as well as raise awareness of the work the Royal Flying Doctor Service does in the South Burnett.
He said most people were aware of the work done by LifeFlight, but didn’t realise the RFDS flew more than 360 people from the South Burnett over the past 12 months, many for urgent care in Brisbane Hospitals.
“Each year in Queensland, the RFDS must raise about $14 million to help purchase vital medical equipment and fit out its specially modified aircraft to ensure it can continue delivering first-class health care to more than 95,000 people each year in regional, rural and remote Queensland,” John said.
KAMS collected tax-deductible donations on the weekend for the RFDS as well as selling badges and test flight opportunities.
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