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Slater RC aircraft group to host event in June

Monday, March 1, 2010

Slater will host the Academy of Model Aeronautics SPADfest, meaning Simple Plastic Airplane Design festival, Friday and Saturday, June 11 and 12, in conjunction with Slater Radio Control Club at Slater Municipal Airport, according to a news release.

SPADs are made from common materials such as Styrofoam, Coroplast and plastic rain guttering, reads the release.

"Practically all of the airplanes being flown during the event will have been designed and built by the pilots, many of whom are engineers and technicians," the release states.

Events include speed runs, "aerial combat in which combatants attempt to cut streamers trailed behind other competing aircraft" and an "accuracy drop" in which pilots drop foam or rubber "bombs" inside a hula hoop placed on the runway.

During open flying times, which take place between events, pilots will fly their self-designed creations.

"For some, this will be the first flight for a newly hatched aviation concept with flight characteristic to be envied. For others, unfortunately, it's the final flight on the way to the trash," the release reads.

The festival already has 30 committed participants coming from 14 U.S. states, England and Australia, the release states.

More information will follow nearer to the event.

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