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he second weekend after Labor Day in the Northeast means time for an- other NEAT Fair (Northeast Elec- tric Aircraft Technology Fair), one of the largest Electric events in the country. Held at Peaceful Valley Campgrounds in Shinhopple, NY. That’s right in the heart of the Catskill Mountains, along the southern tier of New York, a beautiful venue for fly- ing. The Silent Electric Flyers of Long Is- land (SEFLI) sponsor the event and it con- tinues to grow and thrive. This was my 11th year attending NEAT. We loaded up the RV with 15+ airplanes, and headed east from Michigan to join the fun!


While technically a 3-day event, people


begin arriving the weekend before with fly- ing virtually all day and night for the week. We arrived on Thursday, set up camp, our flight line canopy and “hangar” (tent) and met up with the Jersey Coast Sport Flyers and friends from past years for a “Vapor’s under the Big Top” fun fly Thursday evening. NEAT officially starts on Friday, and runs through early Sunday afternoon. It’s open flying most of each day, with a break for noon-time demonstrations. Flying is divided into multiple flight lines. Show Center is sport flying for larger planes. To the left end are dedicated heli flight sta- tions, and to the right an area for slow flyers and 3D flying. Across the field is a small


pond used for float flying of small (park flyer) aircraft. The SEFLI staff runs flight control with all pilots having spotters for safety. R/C vendors form a “vendor row” behind the pit for any needed supplies or next proj- ects and food vendors keep pilots and spec- tators fed. Vendors and sponsors donated prizes given away in pilots’ drawings and raffles throughout the weekend. The Friday demo started with a tribute flight to George Weed, who passed away ear- lier in the year in a tragic accident. One of George’s Pattern planes was piloted into the air by Len Bowerman. George’s son (and for- mer FLYING MODELS Associate Editor), Bryan Weed was present for the event.


FEBRUARY 2014


2013 EAT


FAIR


The biggest electric event of the northeast is back with more pilots, more planes and more flying!


By Greg Cardillo


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