Trevor Plant, from the Samford Valley Flyers, with his YAK 55 SP … Trevor also brought along a 4m thermal glider

September 18, 2023

The Kingaroy Aero Modellers Society hosted a “fun fly” event at the weekend at their Booie airfield.

Club president John Box said five visitors took advantage of being able to camp on site, thanks to the support of property owners, the McLennan family.

KAMS have flown their model aircraft on the Booie-Crawford Road property for more than 30 years.

The weekend event started on Friday and stretched over to Monday, but the main day was the “social Sunday” which coincided with the club’s Annual General Meeting and a sausage sizzle lunch.

About 45 people attended with 30 pilots taking their models to the air.

Visitors came from the Samford Valley, Dalby, Deception Bay, Bundaberg and Burnett Heads.

“There was also an interesting travelling visitor all the way from South Australia, towing his little house on wheels, that has been seen around the South Burnett in recent times,” John said.

The current executive was re-elected at the AGM: president / secretary / registrar John Box, vice-president Darryl Dove, treasurer Denis Hansen, safety officer Mark Brazier, training and assessment officer Leister Janetzki and members’ representative Garry Jordan.

“The club has grown in the last year from 18 seniors, one junior and one associate member to 27 seniors, one junior and two associates,” John said.

“A couple of highlights of the day were past member, now living in Bundaberg, Dean Eckart providing several exciting aerobatic displays to show what is possible with a model aircraft.

“Club member and cropduster pilot Scott Jarron provided an impromptu aerobatic display in his full-size Pitts Special that had the crowd up out of their seats and applauding.”

No this isn’t a model … cropduster pilot Scott Jarron practised some aerobatic manoeuvres over Kingaroy in his Pitts Special to the delight of the aeromodellers on the ground below
John Box with his HotWing … John was re-elected KAMS president at the club’s AGM on Sunday .
Garry Jordan, from Burnett Heads, with his 3D-printed pylon racer … the plane is the fourth he has printed and it took about 30 hours in the computer-driven 3D printer 
Garry Jordan launches his pylon racer at the Booie airfield …
… the lightweight 3D printed aircraft can reach speeds of up up to 200km/h!
Fran Sutherland, from Blackbutt, with her Edge 540 aerobatics model
The Edge 350 comes into land after successfully completing a series of rolls, loops and tail stands
Fran also brought along this model of a USAF “Grasshopper” observation aircraft


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