Remote-controlled airplay display attracts the public’s attention

The Sun City Prop Busters showed off their passion for remote-controlled (RC) devices, and promoted their club to the public, through their annual static display at the Estevan Shoppers Mall on Saturday.

Members of the public could drop by and take a look at the RC airplanes, cars and even drones that were displayed. Club representatives were on hand to answer any questions.

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Art Dougherty, who is the club’s president, said they have been doing the display for nearly 30 years, or almost since the club’s inception. He said it’s a great opportunity to show what they have done over the winter; Dougherty noted he spent the winter working on a plane.

“Members can talk about their improvements, and what they’ve done to build them,” said Dougherty. “It’s a place where it’s like a show and tell.”

They also want people to know the club has regular flying sessions.

“The more we have the public interested in what we can do, the more members we can get,” said Dougherty.

 

Shelley Folbar
Shelley Folbar with a drone she had on display.

 

The club had trainers, biplanes, gliders and more among the planes, and trucks and buggies as well. They have a track on their grounds east of Estevan where RC vehicles are raced.  

Dougherty expected to see 40-50 items on display.

“It’s reflective of different tastes for different people who like to fly,” he said.

The club hopes to have a couple of fun fly sessions, in which the members will gather to fly their planes and invite the public. Dates for those events have not been announced.

Their site is now open for the year. They gather every Tuesday night and Sunday afternoon, weather permitting, and members can drop in to use the grounds at any time.

He also expects the growth in popularity of drones will also help the club. Dougherty noted the federal government has come up with regulations that people need to have to fly drones.

The club’s field is a Model Aeronautics Association of Canada-sanctioned facility, so people can fly their drone, but they need to be a club member and have insurance.  

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