Oswego Valley Modelaires Takes To The Air At Harborfest

FULTON, NY – The Hawks are looking for kids and young adults interested in flying with them.

The Hawks is a youth oriented program teaching radio control flight and model aircraft construction.

It is a year round flying program with model aircraft construction workshops during the winter at the RedneckRC Hobby shop in Fulton.

The Oswego Valley Modelaires is the parent club of Hawks, Junior Aviators.

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OVM planes will be be flying Harborfest weekend

“Oswego Valley Modelaires is celebrating 46+ years of remote control flying in Oswego County based at our field behind Don Butler Soccer Fields in Fulton.  OVM also teaches adults how to fly at our expense with our club trainer,” said club spokesman Mark Lytle, the safety officer for OVM and the secretary of Hawks.

The club will host an event at Fort Ontario during Harborfest.

“It is kid based and we teach children to fly remote control planes for free. We have done this for seven years at Harborfest,” he said. “We are trying to get some more awareness that the program’s totally free and for children.”

The program is run all summer long behind Don Butler Soccer fields in Fulton.

“We will be flying from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday of Harborfest. There will also be flying demonstrations for helicopters, planes and some other “strange objects,” Lytle said.

They will be on the north shore or bluff — closest to the lake – for the Fort Fun Fly.

The Hawks program is provided free as a public service by the Hawks R/C Junior Aviators membership.

The Hawks are a 501(c) (3) not-for-profit organization.

There is no charge to join and kids can enter or leave the program at any time they wish and are under no obligations.

“Whether your interest lie in radio control, free flight, control line or rockets – if it flies, we can help you get going in the right direction,” Lytle said.

The Hawks training program admits youth of any race, color, and national or ethnic origin.

The Summer Flying Season

The summer flying season took off the first week in June and continues on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 to 8 p.m. until the last week of August at the Oswego Valley Modelaires flying field in Fulton.

Membership is limited.

There is no cost, no obligations and no strings attached.

“We have all the aircraft and equipment necessary for the program. So there is nothing a Hawks student is required to purchase,” Lytle added.

The Hawks are funded, in part, by the New York State Office of Children and Family Services and the Oswego City – County Youth Bureau.

For more information, call: Tim 564-5889, Dennis 297-7424 or Marty 532-6826 at Redneck R/C Hobbies, stop by the OVM field (spectators are always welcome), or www.junioraviators.org also look the up Hawks on Facebook.