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remote control aircraft fly high in Gulfport

Remote control aircraft fly high in Gulfport

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GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) -

The sound of airplanes could be heard taking off from Gulfport Saturday. Not just at the local airport, but on County Farm Road in the city.

“This event is the Bob Miller Memorial Spring Fly In,” said Kenny Chandler, MCRCC Event Coordinator

Mississippi Coast Radio Control Club hosts the event every year for remote control aircraft enthusiasts to check out the newest gas and electric remote control planes and fly them.

“They will start out at ages 5, 6 years old and we have people as old as 85 flying airplanes. We have people come as far away as Louisiana all the way over to Pensacola, Florida,” said Chandler.

Dan Zwerg trekked from Ocean Springs to show off his flying skills and help out some pint-sized pilots.

“When I was a kid, it was so expensive to be in the hobby, the quality of the components are better than they have ever been and lower cost than they have ever been,” said Dan Zwerg, MCRCC Instructor Pilot

Folks here still admit the more souped-up models will cost you.

“They come in all shapes in sizes. This one I am holding here is anywhere from $200 to $400 and they range up to the big ones over there with a nine foot wingspan for $7,800,” said aircraft enthusiast Jason Munns said.

Club members said it is amazing how the idea buying and flying remote controlled planes has taken off around the world.

“The military uses them, a different style of course,” said Munns.

For those considering this as a new hobby the MCRCC Members have some advice.

“Start off with a simple plane, then go to helicopters, quadcopters, and you can grow with the hobby and get better and better,” Zwerg said.

The Mississippi Coast RC Club plans to host another Fly In Event in October.

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