Thousands of radio-controlled (RC) airplane and DIY drone pilots from all over the world will gather July 9-12 in Malvern, Ohio, for the second annual Flite Fest.
DIY drone enthusiasts, RC pilots or anyone interested in the technology can watch demonstrations, build planes and learn to fly during the four-day festival, organized by Flite Test.
Held at Furey Field, the fest features a first flight zone, where people new to the hobby can fly and learn about RC aircraft. The fest also includes food, vendors and events such as combats, night flies and group builds.
Last year’s Flite Fest attracted over 700 registered DIY drone pilots and 3,000 spectators, says Flite Test, which expects attendance to triple this year.
“The first annual Flite Fest was an extraordinary success,” says Josh Bixler, Flite Test operations manager and host. “The team used Kickstarter to raise $37,000 for 2014’s event, and our community fully funded the campaign goal of $5,000 in just four hours.’
Sponsors of Flite Fest 2015 include Graupner, the Academy of Model Aeronautics, GetFPV, Quad Lugs, Furey Chrysler, Gens Ace / Tattu and Hitec.