In partnership with Discover Flying R/C Club of Marstons Mills and Otis Model Aero Club of Falmouth, Heroes In Transition (HIT) will offer veterans and their families a free day devoted to fixed-wing radio controller planes.
Scheduled for Saturday, July 17, 10 am to 4 pm, at the Discover Flying R/C Club field on Route 149 in Marstons Mills, the fun-filled event will give participants a first-hand knowledge of R/C flying as well as a chance to fly a fixed-wing R/C trainer plane. Military families will also be able to experience a flight simulator.
Veterans and families interested in participating in the event should contact veterans@
The rain date for the event is Sunday, July 18.
“We are so excited to offer those we serve a day where they can not only learn about R/C flying, but an opportunity to experience the excitement of a hobby from serious enthusiasts in our region,” said HIT Executive Director Nicole Spencer. “This is another way we’re able to bring local military families together to bond over a joyful activity that connects them to the outdoors and one another.”
Colin Towers of Sandwich, the secretary of the Discover Flying R/C Club, has participated in the hobby for over 30 years. It’s an activity that “can be enjoyed by people from eight to 80 years old,” he said.
He was eager to share the thrill of the hobby with those who serve and have served our country and their families. Giving back to this population is important to Towers and his fellow club members.
“You hear so many stories about veterans not making it in civilian life after they leave the military for a lot of reasons, especially if they’ve seen action,” Towers said. “Heroes In Transition really piqued my interest because it is here on Cape Cod and they are addressing that issue. If we can help them in any way, there’s no better thing we can do.”
The two R/C clubs will also conduct several demonstrations during the day, including control line flying, drone racing, helicopter aerobatics, and more. A LotusGrill will be raffled off to a military family who attends the event.
Andy Argenio, New England Vice President for District I of the Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA), will attend this month’s demonstration.