CELINA — The Celina Flying Sportsmen’s annual Big Bird Fly-In will be Saturday, July 6 and Sunday, July 7 at Bungee Park, Celina.
The event is free and open to the public. Spectators are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets and a limited number of picnic tables will be available. Concessions and restrooms will be available on-site.
Radio Control (RC) pilots from several Midwest states will be flying large ¼ scale and bigger aircraft. They include aircraft with wingspans of 80” and larger. Some planes can weigh up to 50 pounds.
As visitors take a walk down the flight line, they will be treated to a large variety of civilian and military aircraft that may include aircraft from the early years of flight to modern jets. There will be biplanes, aerobatic and multi engine aircraft. These aircraft are the pride and joy of the pilots, who are always willing to answer questions about their planes and the hobby in general.
A Warbird air show will be held Saturday at noon. This show may include military aircraft from WWI through the present. It’s a display you won’t want to miss.
The event is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, but pilots will be arriving earlier in the week with their campers to spend the weekend. If you come out Thursday or Friday, you may get a glimpse of them practicing and doing the final adjustments to their aircraft for the weekend. Sunday spectators are invited to fly a trainer plane with an instructor on a “first come first serve” basis. The club also has a flight simulator to test your skills.
Flying radio control model aircraft is a sport enjoyed by people of all ages. Participants are all members of the Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) and fly for the camaraderie and pleasure. Many pilots also fly in local and national competitions. The Celina Flying Sportsmen is a charter club of the AMA which has over 160,000 members worldwide and is one of the largest sporting organizations in the United States. The AMA’s publication, Model Aviation, is enjoyed by many readers. The AMA has it’s national
headquarters in Muncie, IN, just a short drive from the flying field, and is home to many national flying competitions where pilots from all over the world compete. The AMA also has a model aircraft museum that is worth the visit.