Just back from the Orlando 2012 Heli Blowout, that was fun!! This year A Main Hobbies was one of the event sponsors, represented by Tim Jones and Andrew Merlino. This was a huge event with over 300 registered pilots, second only to IRCHA. The event was well organized and well attended, with large crowds during the day and again for the night flying on Saturday. The nice Florida weather contributed to plenty of non-stop action at the flight line, with the center stations reserved for the pro pilots.
Tim and Andrew did lots of flying, getting plenty of attention from the crowd. One of the highlights was Saturday’s noontime demo, when Tim and Andrew performed a fast paced tandem flight. Tim flew the “Beast” and Andrew his 700E. That was crazy fast and exiting, the crowd loved it.
Tim got many requests at center stage and he did not disappoint. Tim with the “Beast” and his 120 powered nitro is always a crowd favorite. The night flying competition was “off the hook”, Andrew entertained the crowd with one of the best flights of the night, though he was edged out from the podium by stiff competition.
Throughout the event, the MC did a great job promoting all the sponsors, including A Main, so we had quite a bit of traffic coming by the A Main tent, wanting to see the machines, setup, and chat with the guys.
We would like to thank A Main for the support. Also, would like to thank Bert Kemmerer, James Cistola and the rest of TORCH’s crew for putting together such great event and for providing the hospitality and resources at the field.
PS: A comment from an enthusiastic fan, found on RunRyder:
“This was my 1st OHB (Sat only, and I was there for the mini funfly early this year), and all I can say is that I am already on countdown mode for next year! In 2013 I want to be there for the 3 days.
The demo flights were awesome. The one that impressed me the most was from amainhobbies and it was fantastic to say the least. The 2 Helis flying together at full speeds like that was insane!!
The night flights were mind bogging. I know now the guys that fly at night have supper power like X-ray vision or something like that.
Thank you TORCHS, thank you sponsors for putting together such a great event!!!
See you next year.