Rapid City Propbusters Club Air Rally takes off
RAPID CITY, S.D. — It was a great day to go flying in the Black Hills with the Rapid City Propbusters RC Club.
The club is a group of remote controlled airplane enthusiasts. The group’s annual air rally draws flyers from as far as Sheridan, Wyoming and Ogden, Utah. The aircraft are controlled by a remote can come in kits or ready to fly.
Some enthusiasts also choose to build aircraft from scratch – and say they’re happy for the technological achievements that continue to make the sport a joy.
“When it first started, the planes, the electronics, the engines and so forth, were very rudimentary and nowadays with the technology that we have, it just makes it just really easy to get into it,” said Participant Gene Jobgen.
As for the difficulty, the learning curve is different for each Rapid City pilot.
“It depends on the person, just like a lot of things, if you have a knack for it then you do, if you don’t, then you may not want to take up the hobby,” said Warren Malone, the President of the Rapid City Propbusters RC Club. “It can be cheap and it can be spendy, but it’s a lot of fun.”
Malone has been flying for 28 years and enjoys the camaraderie form The Propbusters Club. While it’s easier to get into the sport if you have a knack, flying can be for anyone.
“The best piece of advice I can give to anybody is to find your local clubs, because you’ve got decades of experience, and the guys are more than willing to help you out,” Jobgen said. “They’ll keep you from spending your money wrongly. They’ll get you into the sport reasonably priced instead of mail ordering everything, get your local hobby store, your local clubs, get involved with them. That’s where you’re going to get the biggest bang for your buck.”
Organizers scaled the rally back this year in favor of safety, fortunately, it was the perfect event for socially distancing outdoors.