ROSEBURG, Ore. -- The Douglas County RC Flyers club hosted an 8th annual fly-in event this weekend.
Pilots spent three days perfecting, flying and fixing their airplanes. About 35 pilots with more than 70 airplanes were at the event.
The crafts varied in size. The smaller ones had 80-inch wingspans, while some soared with an 8-foot wingspan.
Organizers say that RC flying takes passion.
Not only can it be an expensive hobby, but it also requires a lot of patience. Bob Campbell, a club member, told KPIC News about how much one of these remote control planes can cost. "The values of these airplanes are anywhere from a couple hundred bucks up to maybe $5,000 or more."
He says that for some people, getting a plane ready can take quite a while. "Gosh, they could spend two or three years building them. It's a labor of love, really and truly," he said.
All of that hard work doesn't always pay off. "Maybe it flies, maybe it don't. Generally it does."
But Bob says, when it does, makes it all worthwhile. "I think it's the sense of accomplishment of building an airplane and seeing it fly like it's supposed to and seeing it fly, and maybe have the expertise to fly it like it's supposed to," he said.
If you missed the flying this weekend, you're in luck: There's a Dawn Patrol on Friday through Sunday at Henry Estate Winery.
If you're interested in joining the Douglas County RC Flyers, you can go to the Abby's in Sutherlin on the second Tuesday of every month at 1:00 p.m.