68
      Thursday
      85 / 61
      Friday
      85 / 62
      Saturday
      86 / 62

      It's a bird...it's a model airplane

      Model planes and helicopters were flying high in the sky in Sands Township on Saturday.

      A handful of onlookers oohhed and ahhed as members of the Sands Model Aviation Club showed off some of their best tricks in the sky. One of the biggest challenges fixed-winged pilots faced were the high crosswinds...some of which reached up to 16 miles per hour.

      Despite the wind, Nate Kayser seemed to keep the audience entertained with his helicopter spinning in the air.

      Kayser said he became interested in flying model planes and helicopters in his late 20s.

      "I started with airplanes and I progressed to what's called 3D flight and then I saw a helicopter fly and I really liked it. You can do a lot of different things. You can go backwards inverted, forward inverted and you can do a lot of different maneuvers," said Kayser.

      For beginners, Kayser recommended starting out with a computer simulator. He added it is an inexpensive way to learn without having to worry about the costs of crashing a real model helicopter.

      Model planes and helicopters can start as low as $100 and as high as $5,000 or more.

      The club is education-based and offers flying lessons.

      President of the Sands Model Aviation Club, John Ferguson, said for many, flying model planes is not just a hobby, it is also fun.

      "There are guys who still build them right from kits or from scratch, but even so, just getting it in the air and seeing it fly, something you put together is rewarding," said Ferguson.

      The club has been around for over 20 years with 30 members.