South Coast Aerosport Club to host 'Celebration of Aeromodelling'

Aero sport enthusiasts: Members of the South Coast Model Aerosport Club are inviting the public to enjoy a weekend of high flying fun. Photo: Jack Manning.
Aero sport enthusiasts: Members of the South Coast Model Aerosport Club are inviting the public to enjoy a weekend of high flying fun. Photo: Jack Manning.

Are you after some high-flying fun? Then look no further than the South Coast Model Aerosport Club, who will this weekend officially open their flying field and host a free 'Celebration of Aeromodelling'.

First established about 20 years ago, the South Coast Model Aerosport Club (SCMAC) recently moved to a new location between Finniss and Clayton Bay where it has been busy developing its facilities over the past year.

Prior to this, the club operated under limitations from a private farming property at Currency Creek.

SCMAC Secretary Kevin Wright said that as the group grew, it had looked to expand its facilities.

"We approached the Model Aeronautical Association of Australia who kindly purchased a 20 acre field for us which we now lease," he said.

"We now have all the relevant approvals to fly our planes and a lot of volunteer work has gone into developing these facilities which are coming along nicely.

"Currently we have 44 members ranging in age from 40 through to 96."

At their new site, club members are able to fly under no restrictions, which means whenever the weather is good according to Mr Wright.

When visiting the club, nearly every kind of model plane imaginable can be seen on show, either in the sky or in the workshop.

They include pre-made electric polystyrene planes, right up to serious hand-made, custom built biplanes.

The club even has two fully qualified instructors.

"The social aspect is just as important as the flying and we have a great group of people involved," Mr Wright said.

"We have turned a former aircraft maintenance facility into clubroom and workshop and a lot of people enjoy just popping in for a coffee and a chat."

The Celebration of Aeromodelling will be held over Saturday and Sunday (April 10-11) and will include entertainment, food and drinks.

Camping facilities are available and hobbyists from as far away as Port Lincoln are expected to attend.

The club is located at 803 Finniss-Clayton Road, Clayton Bay.

For more info, visit: scmac.weebly.com or find the club on Facebook.