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Fun Fly takes off today

Winds delayed the Niagara Region Model Flying Club's Fun fly with initial take-off now scheduled for 9:00 this morning

High winds halted the Model Flying Club’s Fun Fly for Saturday, but the event is ready to take off today instead.

The cancellation was called by the club “at the last minute,” according to member Sam Martyk. “It’s a safety issue.”

Sunday’s 11th annual Fun Fly on July 14 will feature top flyers showcasing dips and tricks, such as the difficult “knife edge,” making the aircraft glides along on its side.

Mike Conway and his electric white Turbo Timber can “do things you don’t normally see,” said Martyk; “3-D aerobatics.”

For the wee ones, 10 pounds of candy will be dropped onto the field, and visitors of all ages will be welcome to peruse various types of electric and gas-powered planes and helicopters in between flights.

With the added challenge of the winds against them, Tim Koop and other experienced flyers took turns doing practice flights Saturday, sending mini models with actual jet engines soaring skyward one moment, before swooping down at top speed to make an impressive landing the next.

“I started when I was 13,” said Koop. “I’m hoping to get more as I go along,” he added, admitting that maintaining the powerful models can be an expensive hobby.

From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., all are welcome to the free family-friendly event to enjoy the show and a barbecue.

Bring your own chair and follow Thorold Stone Rd. east from the Thorold Tunnel, turn right onto Thorold Town Line Rd., and turn into Uppers Lane on the left.



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