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Model Weekend For Visitors

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KAMS president John Box, from Kingaroy, with his Katana S50E

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.

Samford Valley club members, from left, Rob Livesey, Corey Livesey-Abreu, Trevor Plant and Tom Scribner

KAMS member Dean Eckart with his 2.6m wingspan Extra 260

Neil Hansen, from Kingaroy, with his model of a P-38 Lightning … the plane is nicknamed “Pudgy” after the famous World War II fighter flown by US war hero Thomas McGuire

Tom Scribner, from Samford Valley, with his T-REX 470L helicopter … the model put on displays of flying upside down as well as 90 degree vertical climbs and dives, impossible in a full-size chopper

Roger Walker’s Super EZ banks to land at the airfield

Neil Hansen’s P-38 Lightning fighter comes into land after a few strafing runs across the airfield

Roger Walker, from Ballogie, brings back his Super EZ after another successful flight

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