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Aviators group holding Family Day on Saturday
Annual event 'not just about little toy planes'
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Forsyth County News

Members of the Georgia Model Aviators will celebrate their hobby with loved ones Saturday.

The annual Family Day event gives the club a chance to share model plane flying with family, friends, neighbors, co-workers and others in the community, said president Rex Briant.

"It’s a time for these guys in this hobby to invite their whole family to watch," Briant said. "It’s purely to promote the family."

About 300 to 500 are expected at the event, which has been held for more than 15 years, Briant said.

Plenty of flying activities are in store for the day, including a war bird demonstration, air combat and a candy drop for kids.

Participants can also shoot paintballs at the planes.

A barbecue lunch will also be catered, but Briant asked that non-members or guests provide a monetary donation if they plan to eat.

The aviators group flies on a green space property owned by Forsyth County known as Eagles Beak.

Almost any time of day, Briant said anywhere from five to 25 pilots may be out at the strip honing their radio control skills.

"Ever since Forsyth County bought the property," he added, "we’re getting more and more people bringing their lawn chairs … and watching the planes fly."

The members look forward to family day each year to show off their skills to a crowd that may know the man behind the plane.

Briant added that the day is also designed to give a sneak peek into what members really enjoy about the club.

"There’s a lot assembled when these pilots come together," he said. "It’s not just about little toy planes."