I have two words to summarize my first visit to Flite Fest . . . Thursday: Mud . . . Friday: AMAZING.
As I mentioned previously Mother Nature provided lots of rain leading up to the first day of Flite Fest and the mud was plentiful. I was about 30 minutes away from the festival when I received an email explaining that because of the mud they had to close public parking at the event and were rerouting all cars to the Malvern football field to park. A short bus ride later (I’m pretty sure the seats on school buses are being made smaller than they used to) I was at Flite Fest! The rest of Thursday was walking about a mile to the other end of the property to register and walking most of the way back to the Flite Test store tent. I was able to pick up my hot glue gun and sticks as well as a couple testers I needed to start building my first plane. It was wet and windy so I stayed for another hour or so to watch a few people fly their planes. On my way out I met Alex and Austin from Flite Test and helped move a couple bails of hay before the bus back to parking arrived.
Now we get to Friday. I arrived around 3:30 pm and thankfully the fields had dried out and I could park at the event. The first event I wanted to see was Combat. I watched some clips of Combats from Flite Fest West earlier this year but being there in person was one of the coolest things I’ve ever seen. 200+ remote control airplanes in the air at the same time trying to knock each other out of the sky. I couldn’t stop smiling and even giggling like I was a kid. After about 12 minutes the last three planes were declared the winners and all pilots allowed to pick up their scraps from the field. Later that evening TJ from Flite Test brought out the Giant Mini Quad, a 4 ft x 5 ft giant quad copter made from agricultural quad props and engines. I won’t spoil the surprise ending so go watch my videos below. Dinner was a Big Ass BBQ Sandwich from one of the food vendors (sorry I forgot the name) and walk back to my car while the acrobatic paramotor team warmed up just next to the parking area. I spent the two hour drive home thinking about how cool it will be to fly my own plane next year. I can’t wait!
I’ve included a few of the videos I took while I was there on Thursday so please go and check them out. Also a short slideshow of some pics.