Some of the best remote controlled helicopter pilots in the country are in Wayne County this weekend for the Northeast Model Helicopter Jamboree in Macedon.
Some 80 pilots will be flying their model helicopters at the Rochester Aero Modeling Society flying field on Macedon Center Road.
Spectators will see all kinds of electric RC’s and gas-powered models doing all kinds of aerobatics.
“We almost do a ballet in the sky with these helicopters,” said Christopher Diamante, a flier out of Albany. “I started flying when I was 6 years old. I am a helicopter trainer in the club so come out and find us and we will introduce you to what we love doing.”
Diamante is fresh of the RC Helicopter World Championship in Germany.
"The way you get to that level is lots of practice,” he said. “In order to go to Worlds, you have to compete in Nationals and the top four got to Worlds. My RC is so precise and it can take so much abuse that you give it to. Not every flight goes perfect.”
Phil Goodwin started flying RC’s in 2003.
"I am hooked. There is no doubt about it,” he said. “It is a bug that gets in you and you can't get rid of it. I have 14 helicopters in that time and I hate to admit. It is a great hobby. It is a lot of fun."
The Fun Fly Jamboree in Macedon continues Saturday from 10 a.m. until 9:30 p.m. Admission is free and so is the parking.
The event will wrap up with some RC night flying and fireworks.
The Rochester Aero Modeling Society plans to make a donation from this weekend's concession sales to the Macedon Town Ambulance.