Laurel Hill club for remote controlled aircraft enthusiasts re-forms

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Tony Dunavant shows off his remote controlled airplane during a Laurel Hill RC Flyers gathering. The revived club's leaders have reached a land use agreement with city officials; they seek more members and plan to host community events.

Special to the News Bulletin
Published: Monday, May 12, 2014 at 08:00 PM.

LAUREL HILL —  Ron Meade enjoys flying remote controlled airplanes; the hobby offers an escape from the daily routine, he said.

"I enjoy the concentration it takes," Meade, president of The Laurel Hill RC Flyers, said. "It's a great diversion ... it's a relaxing thing to do." 

And the Crestview resident hopes more people will become part of the revived group, purportedly the only club of its kind in the county. The Flyers took the first step toward staging a comeback last week when the City Council approved a land use agreement allowing the club to operate aircraft at Industrial Park off New Ebenezer Road.  

City leaders also allowed the club three months of water usage to help replant grass at the location. Club members have purchased seeds and other items needed to replant, and Meade predicts the field will be ready for club use by mid-summer. 

After taking a break from the planes, he can't wait.

"We have been flying since 2008," Meade said. "We were out of action for two or three years and now we are back at it."

The club─ which had 15 members from Crestview, Laurel Hill, Baker and Alabama ─stopped meeting when Meade's daughter, Heather Meade Adams, became ill. He cared for her until her death last year at age 39.



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