Thursday, Sept 04 12pm-7pm

Open Jet, Heli & Flying, Off-road Race practice

Friday, Sept 05 9am-7pm

Open Jet & Heli Flying, Off-road Race practice

Saturday, Sept 06 9am-9:30pm

Air Show Extravaganza, Night Flying and Fireworks

Sunday, Sept 07 9am-3pm

Air Show Extravaganzam

Pilot & Driver Info

JetHeliRace

Register Now to be a part of the Largest RC Event of its kind.

Registration

We're inviting fun-loving hobbyists to participate in an action-packed air show and off-road race extravaganza at New England's pristine Sanford Seacoast Regional Airport.

This two-part event offers you - the RC Jet, RC Heli, RC Ultra Micro, CL pilot and/or RC driver - to have a blast in a friendly, low-key environment for two exclusive days, Thursday and Friday. Then on the weekend, Air Meet soars to a new level where you're the star of the show for thousands of public spectators.

Click HERE to register now.

Volunteer

If you're an area club member, sign up to volunteer at the Horizon Hobby Air Meet 2014.

Volunteer benefits include free admission to the event and an invitation to dinner, the night flying show on Saturday Night. Your club will also get financial benefits for your participation. The invitation to Saturday dinner will require club members to complete at least two time periods.

Click HERE to volunteer.

For more information, call Bethany Lothrop at Ray & Robin's Hobby Center; (207) 797-5196. The schedule is limited so be sure to send your form in as early as possible.

Thank you!

Hands-On activities: Drive an R/C Car or Boat, Pilot a Flight Simulator

Event Highlights

Thursday

12PM-7PM Open Flying

Friday

8:30AM-7PM Open Jet, Heli and Ultra Micro Flying
Official Off-Road Race Practice

Saturday

8:30AM-6PM Open Jet, Heli and Ultra Micro Flying
Horizon Off-Road Showdown Race Preliminaries

12:30PM-2PM Air Show Extravaganza

Dusk-9PM Night Flying Ballet

Sunday

8:30AM-3PM Open Jet, Heli and Ultra Micro Flying
Horizon Off-Road Showdown Race Finals

Noon Air Show Extravaganza

FREE Parking • FREE "Try Me" RC car track, flight simulators and airplanes • On-site exhibits, food and vendors • Family friendly activities for the kids • Local accommodations available

Show Admission:
• Adults / $10
• Kids ages 6-12 / $5
• Children 5 and under / FREE

Meet the Stars of the Show

Mike McConville

Nationals Champion,
Giant-Scale Pylon Racing World Champion
Bio

Mike McConville

Nationals Champion
Giant-Scale Pylon Racing World Champion

A Cincinnati, Ohio native with over 18 years experience in the Hobby industry, Mike moved to Champaign, Illinois in 1996 to design and develop airplanes for Horizon Hobby. He has designed more than 50 aircraft, including the 3D ShowTime™ performers that bear his nickname. Mike won his first U.S. Pattern Nationals in 1981 when he was just 16 years old, and since then has dominated at nearly every level of competition: 8-time TOC competitor and 2-time finalist, an IMAC U.S. Nationals champion, 6-time F3A U.S. Team Trial competitor, Giant-Scale Pylon Racing World Champion, and a winner of more than 200 pattern and IMAC events. Though his competition has been primarily in aerobatics and racing, Mike has a love for all aspects of model aviation and enjoys flying all types of models, both fixed wing and helicopters.

David Payne

A third-generation modeler, all-around jet expert and professional RC product developer
Bio

David Payne

A third-generation modeler, all-around jet expert and professional RC product developer.

David is a third-generation modeler who is the son of an Army pilot and the grandson of an Air Force pilot, both of whom were avid RC enthusiasts. As a result, David expresses a great passion for the hobby as well as other aviation aspects. He began flying models at the age of 5 and enjoys everything from free-flight to turbine jets. A native of Chattanooga, Tennessee, David left his job as a full-time fire fighter to pursue his dream career at Horizon Hobby® headquarters in Champaign, Illinois. His professional achievement award list includes recognition for product design—some of which were named best product by leading publishers. A number of those designs include milestones that have advanced the size and performance of Electric Ducted Fan (EDF) jets. Most recently, he played a key role in the development of groundbreaking SAFE™ technology acclaimed to help make RC flight easier than ever to enjoy. David participates and has placed at the Top Gun international scale competition and spends most of his off time flying turbine powered jets and giant-scale airplanes at events and competitions around the world.

James Haley

Professional RC Helicopter Designer and International Level Competitor
Bio

James Haley

Professional RC Helicopter Designer and National Level Competitor.

Raised in the birthplace of modern aviation in Dayton, Ohio, James Haley has been flying RC since the age of 12. His fascination with helicopters has driven him to explore new technology by pushing both his piloting skills and his helicopters to the absolute limits. His self-motivation and dedication have enabled him to understand the complex engineering behind these incredible machines and take his abilities to a higher level. James is no stranger to competition and travels to events around the country. His participation in FAI at the national level has made him well known as an extremely capable pilot, earning him invitations to compete regularly at the Extreme Flight Championships, E-Fest Heli Smackdown, the Gaui Micro Cup and Blade Heli Invitational. His rare ability to finesse a helicopter shows not only how low his machine can go, but just how precisely it can get there. Now at age 23 he is a respected and valuable member of the Blade helicopter team with Horizon Hobby, where he has been the lead product developer on the groundbreaking Blade® mCP X, 130 and 300 machines, as well as their #1 test pilot

Matt Chapman

Full-scale National & World Aerobatics Competitor,
Top Gun Competitor
Bio

Matt Chapman

Full-scale National & World Aerobatics Champion, Top Gun competitor

Matt is recognized as an extraordinary aerobatic pilot who thrills millions of air show fans each summer. He began flying aerobatics in 1984 and quickly worked his way up to the highest level of competition aerobatics – the Unlimited category. Recognized for his skills, he won one of only five slots on the U.S. Unlimited Men's Aerobatic Team in 1996 and 1998. At the 1998 World Aerobatic Championships, Matt was the highest-ranking American pilot, finishing third in the world with a bronze medal. He led the men's team to a silver medal. Along with this impressive finish came the coveted Hilliard Trophy, awarded to the highest-finishing U.S. pilot at the WAC. Matt also won the prestigious International Aerobatic Club Championships in 1994 and the Fond du Lac Cup in 1995. Matt's exciting competition aerobatics led him to air show performing. Matt has flown in front of millions of fans at air shows all over. He has appeared on ESPN, ESPN2, Fox Sports Network, Real TV, The Learning Channel's "Amazing America" and SpeedVision. Matt is also a respected airline captain with tens of thousands of flight hours. In addition to all of that, Matt is a respected voice in the air show business, with a reputation for safety and diligence. Matt enjoys building and flying radio-controlled aircraft of all types.

Peter Goldsmith

Australian National Champion,
US Masters and Freestyle Champion
Bio

Peter Goldsmith

Australian National Champion, US Masters and Freestyle Champion

Peter Goldsmith was born and raised in Sydney, Australia, and began flying radio control at eleven years old. He still remembers his first radio transmitter called a "Bionic Baby," a two-channel dry cell system that his mother bought for him in Singapore. Young Pete had two weeks before his mother arrived home with the new radio, so he put that time to good use and designed and built his first RC aircraft. Growing up, Peter says, he would design and build his own planes out of necessity. So, from the very beginning, he was a designer. Peter's first love in RC has been sailplanes and soaring. He loved doing aerobatics with them, and through an evolution of events decided to try F3A. His first contest was in 1978. Peter competed on an Australian national level in pattern up until he came to the U.S. in 2000, and was the Australian National Champ from '95 until 2000. During that time he was also a member of the Australian National team for the World Championship, making the finals in three of the five Worlds and was awarded Oceanic Champion three times. In Scale Aerobatics, Pete has multiple top-level performances at the Masters and won it in '01. He has placed second in the AMA Nationals three times and won the Freestyle National Championship in '02. Peter competed in the Tournament of Champions from 1992 until its end in '02. He is currently the Field Marketing Manager for Horizon Hobby and continues to compete at the very top level.

Ali Machinchy

World Class RC Expert and Air Show Performer,
1st Place Top Gun Pilot
Bio

Ali Machinchy

World Class RC Expert and Air Show Performer.

You could say that radio control is in his blood. Ali and most of his distinguished family are involved in the hobby and play a large role in their successful Great Britain-based business, Al's Hobbies. Ali's official title in the business is Director and Jet Centre Manager; however, Ali is most often seen and better known in the field as a Display Pilot. A showman through and through, Ali can fly anything with wings or a scale model from any era (whether it has a motor or not) and have you totally captivated and convinced that small model you're watching is the very real thing. Of course, Ali is also about showing you all the advantages models have over their larger brethren, so don't be surprised if you see a jet or a high-wing pleasure cruiser flying inverted or hovering only inches from the ground – totally out of scale, but totally in control. Yes, Ali is just that good of a pilot. Traveling around the globe has earned him quite a celebrity status. Backing up that acclaim is his most recent win at the prestigious Top Gun Invitational Tournament, where he flew Graeme Mears' stunning T-33 to first place in Team Scale this year. Ali also has a fine line of instructional DVDs available on the jet pilot phenomena.

Seth Arnold

Current XFC Airplane Champion, E-TOC Champion and US Nationals Champion
Bio

Seth Arnold

Current XFC Airplane Champion and Multi-Time U.S. Nationals Champion.

Seth Arnold is a 21 year-old RC aerobatics specialist with an impressive list of national and invitational championship titles to his credit. Originally from New Holland, Ohio, Seth moved to Champaign, Illinois, in 2010 to work for Horizon Hobby as a Product Developer – the youngest ever recruited for the air category. It all started 10years earlier when his stepmother gave his father an airplane and learned to fly at 1st U.S. R/C Flight School. Dad immediately taught Seth to fly RC, and ever since Seth has been fascinated with aerobatics. His most recent achievements include two consecutive wins in the airplane category at the 2011 and 2014 Extreme Flight Championships invitational. He took second place at the 2009 XFC after winning the Electric-Tournament of Champions invitational event for indoor aerobatics. Seth has also been a U.S. IMAC National Champion and a National IMAC Freestyle Champion. Prior to those events he was the runner-up on multiple occasions at the Tucson Aerobatic Shootout and Clover Creek Invitational. All-in-all, he's claimed over 30 wins, and his list of credentials just keeps growing. But Seth has fun with everything RC has to offer from hardcore helicopter flying to the smooth and precise flying pattern aerobatics has to offer. "Have fun!" is his motto and if you asked what his favorite part about the hobby is he'll say, "I love flying and everything about it!"