RAMS hosts fly fest

Thirty-three pilots of model, radio-controlled helicopters participated in the first annual Cajun Heli Fest fly-in hosted by the Rice Area Modelers Society (RAMS) at the Don B. Habetz Memorial R/C Field on Tower Road Saturday.

RAMS member Jon Martin reports approximately 70 model helicopters were flown during the fly-in event open to the general public.

Numerous spectators were treated to a skill demonstration by J.C. Zankl, a professional model helicopter pilot from Indiana and a noontime demonstration of a model jet aircraft by Derrick Martin of Lafayette. The model jet reached air speeds of 250 mph.

Jason Tommasi of Youngsville won the Heli Fisherman Award for hooking a bream from the field’s seaway with a line suspended from his model helicopter.

Fred Sandford of Houston won the People’s Choice Award with a Bell 2-12 Turbin. model U.S. Army helicopter gunship.

Other winners were Gilbert Seller and Matthew Thompson.

For more information about model aircraft or club membership, call Martin at 337-739-3385 or Babineaux at 337-344-4408 or visit the club’s website at www.ramsrcclub.com.

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