R.C. Air Show celebrates local park expansion

Just one of the many remote controlled aircrafts on view at The Sky’s the Limit. Photo by Zach Filtz.

Just one of the many remote controlled aircrafts on view at The Sky’s the Limit. Photo by Zach Filtz.

Parents and children alike celebrated the expansion of Cedar Creek Park to include 28 additional acres during an action packed radio controlled air show held on May 12, The Sky’s The Limit.  With the inclusion of the extra acreage, Cedar Creek Park now spans 480 acres in Westmoreland County.

Along with the air show held by members of the Mon Valley Radio Control Club, other activities at The Sky’s The Limit event included balsa wood plane flight contests, crafts for kids such as making nature journals, a raffle for a Hubsan drone valued at $500, and opportunities for event goers to view vivid wildflowers in nearby Cedar Creek Gorge.

Chuck Durtiza, chair of the Westmoreland Land Trust, said the event took a couple of months to plan, adding that “it was great fun seeing all of the families there and getting people outside.”

The Sky’s The Limit event marks the first collaboration between the Westmoreland Land Trust and the Mon Valley Radio Control Club.

For safety, only members of the R/C Club were permitted to operate the aircrafts or enter the runway.

Others who enjoyed the event included Mon Valley Radio Control Club president, Al Kozusko.

“The types of planes that flew include drones, giant scale planes, remote helicopters [and] jets,” Kozusko said. He explained the jet fueled drone which was used to transfer the deed for the acreage added to the Park was a Phantom Drone, capable of reaching speeds of up to 200 miles per hour.

Other drones present at the event included a helicopter drone –  the Goblin – as well as a  X5HW first-person view Quadcopter, a XK Detect X380 GPS R/C quadcopter, and the JXD 510G 5.8G FPV 6-axis R/C drone.

About 60 people attended the free, three hour long event. Sunny skies coupled with food and fun made the event enjoyable for all present.

Sponsors of The Sky’s The Limit event include The Westmoreland Land Trust, the Mon Valley Radio Control Club, the Westmoreland County Bureau of Parks and Recreation, Westmoreland County Commissioners, Representative Ted Harhair, the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, the Colcom Foundation, and Duritza’s Foodland in Monessen. Additional funding was made possible by grants from the Department of Conservation and the Colcom Foundation.Cedar Creek Park is the second-most frequently used Westmoreland County Park.  It offers prime access to the Youghiogheny River and the Great Allegheny Passage hiking/biking trail, and features ball and soccer fields, a boat launch, an amphitheater and 19 pavilions.

Future development projects at Cedar Creek Park will include the construction of the Turtle Creek Trail, a 9.5 mile hiking and biking trail that winds through the scenic Turtle Creek Gorge connecting Trafford and Export.

Story by Zach Filtz for Pennsylvania Bridges