First in Flight RC Jet Rally Returns in May

The annual RC Jet Rally in Wilson is organized by First in Flight RC. Photo Source: First in Flight RC, Wilson NC.
The annual RC Jet Rally in Wilson is organized by First in Flight RC. Photo Source: First in Flight RC, Wilson NC.

The First in Flight RC Jet Rally returns to Wilson NC for five action-packed days — May 25-29, 2016.  Each day, the RC Jet Rally runs from 8am through 5pm.

According to the organizers, this is the “largest radio-control jet event on the East coast”.

Operating on a full-scale runway at Wilson Industrial Air Center, 4545 Airport Drive NW, in Wilson NC, the RC jets fly while pilots and the public watch, do a little shopping and learning at vendor booths, grab some tasty food, and enjoy the day.

During the event, spectator parking will be available along Airport Drive and Technology Drive. Plan accordingly for the walk to the Air Center.

There is no charge for the public to attend the event, so come alone or grab family and friends to enjoy a May day outdoors watching these amazing RC — remote control — flying machines traverse the sky!

Pilot / Vendor Registration

Registration opened on March 22, 2016. Register by May 29, 2016 to be a part of this annual Wilson NC event.

Event registration and details are online.

Register as a “Flying Pilot” to fly Wednesday through Sunday at the event. For the $65 registration fee, pilots get one flight line pass, an event t-shirt, and a ticket to the Saturday Awards Dinner. Registered pilots will receive a parking permit to park in the pit area.

To be a Vendor during the rally, sign up at the vendor registration fee of $100 before the event. Contact the event staff to let them know what you plan to sell, or exhibit, during the five days. Vendors must be signed up in advance. Event management, First in Flight Jets, may be reached at 919.215.3946.

Tents, tables, and fans are available for additional fees.

Please note that a vendor who is also a pilot must individually register as a pilot in addition to registering as a vendor, and both fees apply.

All types of jets welcome including turbine, EDF, and ducted fan plus turboprop and other unique jet-engine-powered aircraft. 2016 AMA license with a valid “Turbine Waiver” are required — though no waiver is required for non-turbine jet flying only.

All jets must comply with AMA regulations.

For pilots and vendors, nightly RV Camping is offered at the site for a small fee. While there is some electricity available, there are no hookups or water. Tents are not allowed in the camping area.

To find out more or to register, see the event information online. To message or see updates, go to the event’s Facebook page.


Ed. Note: Originally published March 23, 2016. Updated.

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