Irvington, AL (WKRG)
Model airplane enthusiasts are a high flying part of the great toy drive. For the past several years members of the azalea city model aeronautics club hold a winter fly-in to help the Great Toy Drive. From the start-up to the stunts, it’s a hobby a lot of people hold dear.
“Sometimes it’s aviation enthusiasts, sometimes it’s just people who are techie that’s what i am, there’s the building and the doing and it takes time to learn how to do it, but it is a lot of fun,” said club President Aaron Carpenter. Every takeoff needs a pilot–and every pilot is contributing something to the great toy drive.
“We just jumped on board and started collecting toys for Christmas so kids who didn’t have toys will,” said Event Coordinator Robert Sanderson. A combination of a windy and exceptionally cold Saturday morning greeted pilots on a sunny day of flying. It’s a hobby that can be a lifelong obsession or something someone decides to pick up one day out of the blue. One pilot told me about how the process of breaking into the hobby has changed from several months to one trip to the hobby store.
“They have the kits like this that are foam and simulators on your computer and you can almost learn how to fly on your computer, come fly out with these the next day,” said Pilot Jon Koppisch.