The sky’s the limit

Radio-controlled aircraft enthusiasts take flight

Eloise Ogden/MDN Anthony Martinez of Minot Air Force Base, a member of the Minot Aircraft Modelers, is shown with his drone at the radio-controlled aircraft group’s facilities northeast of Minot on Sunday.

Anthony Martinez of Minot Air Force Base flies his quad-copter drone in the wide open spaces at the Minot Aircraft Modelers Field northeast of Minot.

On Saturday, Martinez used his drone to take still photos and videos of the activities during the local group’s International Fun Fly.

Martinez, 21, who is from Puerto Rico and arrived in North Dakota this past January, joined the club in May. He’s the newest member of the radio-controlled aircraft enthusiasts’ group. “It’s a lot of fun,” said Martinez who enjoys having a place like this to fly his drone.

“It’s a growing club. Currently, we have 32 members,” said Shawn Edgell, Minot, vice president of the club. “We are a chartered club of the AMA (Academy of Model Aeronautics).”

Eloise Ogden/MDN (Bottom) A sign at the Minot Aircraft Modelers facility near Minot states the group is a chartered club of the Academy of Model Aeronautics

Members of the club have various types of aircraft including planes, helicopters and quad-copter drones.

Forty-nine participants took part in Saturday’s International Fun Fly. They came from communities including Minot, Minot AFB, Bottineau, Stanley, Columbus and Rolla, according to Edgell and Wayne Marshall, board member.

Besides the annual International Fun Fly, the club normally holds an annual event at Dakota Square Mall. The group also holds an open house in the spring at their field near Minot where they open the doors to the public, and members show their model aircraft and put on a show.

Club members will be at Motor Magic, an annual motor sports festival held in Minot Sept. 2-3 at the North Dakota State Fairgrounds. There, they will have static displays and raffle off an RC car. After that, the club will be at Columbus Sept. 23 for their third annual Columbus Fun Fly.

Video by Anthony Martinez using a drone.