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MAIDEN FLIGHT — Preparing for her first attempt at radio-control flying during a February Golden Hawks air show is Marissa Murphy of Daytona Beach. Her coach for her first try at RC flying is Golden Hawks club member James Stewart of DeLand, who is holding one of the Golden Hawks club trainer planes.

DeLand’s Golden Hawks Radio Controlled Club will thank the City Of DeLand for the 25 years it’s allowed the club to use an abandoned runway as a model-airplane flying field, with an all-electric-powered air show Saturday, June 8.

All are welcome at the show, with a donation of $5 per carload accepted.

As a special thank-you to the City of DeLand, club President David Shorrock announced that all city employees and their families will be admitted free of charge, with a free lunch thrown in.

“This is our opportunity to show our gratitude for using the field for the past 25 years. So we took the chance on inviting all city employees and the Airport Advisory Board, with their families, to celebrate with us,” Shorrock said. “We hope they'll bring their kids, too.”

A colorful poster in windows around town advertises the event for electric and “EDF” model planes. EDF stands for “electric-ducted-fan power,” a model airplane propulsion system that simulates actual jet engines.

Drones will also be on exhibition at the show.

Flying will begin at 9 a.m., with a break at 11 a.m. for presentation of a “Thank You” plaque to the City of DeLand, which Vice Mayor Charles Paiva is expected to be on hand to accept.

Lunch will follow, available to all attending, but free only for city employees and their families. Flying will then resume, until 3 p.m.

Shorrock added that the club wants to attract pilots of drones, also known as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), to its membership, and said the club will help them with drone-safety issues.

The club field is at 1000 RC Club Drive, DeLand. Turn off Marsh Road (east of the airport) onto Matt Fair Boulevard (the Sperling Sports Complex access road), and follow event signs to the Golden Hawks field.