RC airplane passions soar high in St. George
At 10-years-old, a young aspiring pilot invested the first $5 he ever earned into his first model airplane, an F4U Corsair.
Larry Romberger, president of Remote Possibilities and a pilot and builder, has been a model aviation enthusiast for more than 30 years.
"I've always been an airplane nut; ever since I was a little kid," Romberger said. "I've always loved airplanes: building airplanes (and) flying airplanes."
Airplane lovers like Romberger founded the Remote Possibilities RC Club in 1986, a club Romberger continues to follow his childhood dreams. From as few as a handful of members when members founded the club, there are now as many as 90 builders and pilots.
"Most of the guys in the club just have a love of Aviation," Romberger said. "We have people, from young kids to some that are 90. There is actually a WWII pilot that flew mustangs that's in our club. He's in his 80s right now, but he still flies these models and he loves it."
Romberger said members of the club use many kinds of model RC planes for different flying purposes. He said a "foamie" is a fun and less expensive option for pilots to fly, and can be used for battling other "foamies" in an air-fight.
Scott Moore, vice president of Remote Possibilities, said, "My airplane interests range from un-powered gliders to warplanes and everything in between, but I am primarily interested in building and flying aerobatic planes."
Since before Moore was 10, he said he found his passion and love of flying from his father and has been flying his whole life. Moore also said members of the club find their passion in flying more than just simply flying a model plane, but flying is a way of life.
"I was instantly drawn to flying as my father was a full time airline pilot and took my family flying in small lightweight aircraft almost every weekend," Moore said. "As for college students or anyone for that matter, flying can be very peaceful and can be a good escape from the everyday struggles that cloud our minds."
Experienced members of the club train new pilots on a runway and in the skies to prepare them to fly on their own. Aspiring model enthusiasts or anyone interested in trying out a remote control plane can visit www.remoterc.com to contact members of the RC club.
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