The LARKS model airplane club will celebrate its 50th anniversary this weekend with a “Model Aviation Day” in Carlyss.

12 year old Logan Phipps can’t wait to get his hands on the controls of his new model airplane. He and his dad James are getting some flying tips from a long time member of LARKS.

“It’s fun. It’s great bonding. We get to spend time together. He wants to make a career out of it. He wants to be a Naval aviator. I think it would be great to pursue a career like that.”  

Jerry Cox is encouraged by younger folks getting involved in the hobby he’s been enjoying for over 30 years.

“It’s a lot of fun to see these young people and learn how to know what they’re doing with aviation and be able to learn to fly a radio controlled model airplane. It’s very exciting.” 

Logan and his dad got into the hobby for about $300, which is really not bad considering all the expensive hobbies that are out there. Logan says he’s looking forward to flying this plane for the first time this Saturday. 

“I’ve always liked aviation and RC. It’s fun. Get out here and do it.” 

Jim Martin is another LARKS veteran. He’s been at it since 1974. He’s showing me his latest model.

“You put a receiver in it. It’s made out of Styrofoam. It has all the servos in it. Retractable landing gear. You put a receiver in it, set it up with your radio and go fly it.” 

These hobbyists hopes to attract younger members with its model aviation day this Saturday. Model Aviation Day will take place this Saturday at Larks field off Hwy. 108 in Carlyss. Admission is free.

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