I attended the 2014 Southeast Electric Flight Festival (SEFF) in April. In its 13th year, the event was held at Hodges Hobbies Field. Pilot registration was 353—slightly down from last year—but the flying action was extremely high. Again highlighted by Mac Hodges flying his fantastic B-29, the noon demos ran just less than two hours.
AMA’s education assistant, Jessy Symmes, and the AMA trailer were in attendance and the simulators were in constant use. It was an enjoyable week for everyone and I am looking forward for next year.
Want to put on a show like this? Here is a picture of the Fayette Flyers staff and workers who put this together this top-notch event.
When I decided to go the SEFF, I researched some interesting historic sites to visit while I was there. I stayed in a beautifully restored 192-year-old hotel in downtown Americus, Georgia. The floors creaked when you walked, and I was told there are a few ghosts who run around the hotel. With in walking distance are numerous small shops and some of the best food I have ever had.
The Andersonville Confederate Prison is about 8 miles away, and if you ever get a chance, it is a must see site. Souther Field Airport is here and this is where Charles Lindbergh bought his first plane, and soloed after nine hours of instruction.
My point is contests and events are great to attend, but bring the family and enjoy areas around the towns you go to as well.
The following report comes from Andrew Griffith.
Lake City RC Club of Lake City, Florida, hosted its first open and house and fly-in on March 12, 2014. Norman Green, club vice president, put the event together with backing of the board and membership.
In addition to advertising on the RC forums, Norman got the local radio stations to run sports inviting the public to the “RC Airshow.” Pilots and a variety of airplanes were invited to show what the sport was all about and to hopefully attract new members to the small, but growing, club.
The event brought 20 registered pilots and many spectators. Variety was the order fo the day as small electric foamies took center stage for a last-man-down Combat flight, which was followed by a glider aero-tow demonstration. Participants came from Tampa, Jacksonville, and even Valdosta, Georgia. The club hopes that word of mouth will make next year’s open house even bigger.