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From Mark Radcliff

By Staff | Mar 4, 2015

Dear Editor,

As a long-time radio-controlled flying enthusiast living here in St. Marys, I just wanted to let you know about an event we’ve got coming up on Saturday, March 7. This holiday season the number one gift that kids young and old received was a “drone.”

These are basically the same types of machines that we’ve been flying for decades, so we thought it would be a good idea for us to hold an event where these folks could come out and learn how to fly in a safe, controlled environment. It’s going to be free and open to the public, starting at 1 p.m. and ending at 4 p.m.

This event will be held at the Mid-Ohio Valley Technical Institute, located on 2134 North Pleasants Highway, St. Marys, 26170.

There has never been anything quite like this in the RC flying community before. It’s generating a lot of excitement and bringing a lot of new people into the hobby. I think it’s especially valuable for young people. These machines really get them excited about science, technology, engineering, and math-the kinds of subjects that can lead to good careers down the road.

At the same time, there has been some controversy around drones, mostly caused by people who either don’t know what they’re doing or make bad choices with this technology. Therefore, we figured we’d help get all of these new drone owners started on the right foot, by teaching them not only how to fly safely, but when and where it’s appropriate.

Mark Radcliff

St. Marys, W.Va.