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Northwest RC Monster Fest 2018 takes flight

Organizers say Northwest Monster Fest is a great way to introduce children to radio controlled planes.

Posted: Aug. 24, 2018 12:47 PM
Updated: Aug. 24, 2018 1:52 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- Additional flights will be flying in and out of Eugene this week.

Northwest RC Monster Fest 2018 takes flight Friday, Aug. 24, at Henson Field.

There are no passegers or pilots on board the RC planes. Rather, pilots showcase their remote control skills.

The weekend event is free to attend. Organizers said RC Monster Fest is a great way to introduce children to the hobby.

"We have a lot of fathers that bring their sons out and a lot of mothers that bring their kids out. They get involved because they have something to do outside instead of playing on the computers all day long," said Brad Wernth, RC pilot and Northwest RC Monster Fest organizer.

Children can also fly. 12-year-old Oliver Willis started RC piloting four years ago. Willis said he practiced on a simulator before attempting to fly an RC plane and his practice has paid off.

"I do a lot of rolling maneuvers. I do a loop while I am rolling, and I really like taking the plane down low and hover ... like hanging on the prop, and then getting close to the ground," Willis said.

Northwest RC Monster Fest 2018 runs through Sunday, Aug. 26, at Henson Field, 92360 Alvadore Road in Junction City.

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