RC plane show to feature drones too

FILE PHOTO: A Yak 54 remote plain flies upside down during the annual Rogue Eagles RC Club Air show at the Agate Skyway Airfield in Eagle Point on Saturday. [Mail Tribune / Jamie Lusch

The skies above Hanley Farm will form the backdrop for a small posse of remote-control airplanes and a drone Sunday.

It’s all part of a demonstration put on by the Rogue Eagles RC Club, held from noon to 3 p.m. at the farm, 1053 Hanley Road in Central Point. It’s free and open to the public.

Club spokesman Larry Cogdell said the show will be smaller and more low key than the club’s annual charity show held at Agate Skyways east of White City.

“We’ll be flying all electric,” Cogdell said. “It’ll just be one guy at a time taking the plane up and demonstrating.”

Hanley Farm will offer tours of the historic Hanley farm house during the event. Tours cost $5 for adults and $3 for Southern Oregon Historical Society members and children 12 and younger.

The Rogue Eagles RC Club has been putting on shows for more than 40 years, Cogdell said, including a charity air show, a “float fly,” where RC aircraft take off and land on the waters of Agate Lake, and recently added demonstrations at Rogue Valley Mall and the Ashland airport.

The club, which has been around for about 50 years, has about 160 members.

“We’re one of the oldest and largest RC clubs in the state,” Cogdell said.

In recent years, technical innovations have included upgrades to aircraft transmitters that prevents interference from other RC aircraft flyers.

“In the old days, if somebody happened to be on your frequency, they could wreck your plane,” Cogdell said. “With the new technology, you could have 2,000 flyers in one place, and nobody would interfere with anyone else’s radio.”

Battery technology has also continued to improve by leaps and bounds. Many electric RC planes previously were “underpowered and overweight” due to the battery, Cogdell said. Now, even battery-powered RC jets can dash through the sky. One such jet will be arriving in a couple weeks. Called a Havoc, it can surge through the air at a top speed of 140 mph. Cogdell said he hopes to fly it at the group’s August air show.

“It’s the fastest electric plane we’ve ever tried to fly,” he said. “I’m looking forward to it. That will be a blast.”

Reach reporter Ryan Pfeil at rpfeil@rosebudmedia.com or 541-776-4468.

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