High flying

The Southern Indiana Flying Eagles set up shop Saturday at the Seymour Library, allowing the public to get a close-up look at radio-controlled aircraft.

It was also the perfect opportunity for people to talk to the pilots who built the models and learn more about the club and the hobby in general.

More than 100 people made their way through the display, which included many different sizes, shapes and colors of models, from small toy kits to an exact replica of a Focke-Wulf 190 German fighter plane.

Drones, which allow the operator to take pictures or transmit video while flying, were well-represented.

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There are many benefits to flying remote-controlled aircraft, including improving hand-eye coordination, relieving stress and just being fun to do, club members said.

It’s also the perfect activity for children, parents and grandparents to do together, said Justin Drake, vice president of the Flying Eagles.

“We want to introduce people to them and hopefully get more people interested in it,” Drake said of remote-controlled aircraft models. “It’s one of the few hobbies that everyone can do because it’s safe.”

During Saturday’s event, the club also set up two laptop computers with flight simulator programs to give people a better idea of what it’s like to fly a remote-controlled plane.

The Southern Indiana Flying Eagles will sponsor two big flying events this summer, the annual Freeman Field Radio Controlled Air Show on June 7 and the second annual Hoosier Scale Classic on Aug. 1 and 2.

That classic serves as a qualifier for the National Scale Masters series and will attract flyers from all over the country, Drake said.

For more information about the Southern Indiana Flying Eagles and upcoming events, visit their website at siferc.com, or contact club president Steve Ort at 812-498-8353 or [email protected].