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E-Fest: electrics raise the roof (literally!)

The huge main floor is large enough to accommodate three distinct flying areas - the main area at show-center, helis and 3D at the west end, and a micro area at the east end.

What’s the best way to shake the mid-winter blues? The E-Fest indoor fly-in in the University of Illinois armory in Champaign, IL! Contributor Jim Ryan was on hand, and he sent us this photo highlight reel, including some brand-new releases!

Estes' tiny Proto-X quadcopter has been joined by the slightly larger Proto-X FPV.  This nifty little drone streams full-color video to a display in the transmitter.  Performance and video range are ideal for large indoor spaces and back yard flying.

Estes’ tiny Proto-X quadcopter has been joined by the slightly larger Proto-X FPV. This nifty little drone streams full-color video to a display in the transmitter. Performance and video range are ideal for large indoor spaces and back yard flying.

 

 

 

Terry Nitsch brought the "Prize Blimp" all the way from Columbus, OH.  The blimp flew regular sorties all weekend, dropping prize certificates, cash and other goodies.  Here you can see the extremely high ceiling in the 100 year old Armory building.

The huge main floor is large enough to accommodate three distinct flying areas - the main area at show-center, helis and 3D at the west end, and a micro area at the east end.

The huge main floor is large enough to accommodate three distinct flying areas – the main area at show-center, helis and 3D at the west end, and a micro area at the east end.

Hobbico's booth was busy all weekend, particularly with young pilots trying out RealFlight 7.5, the latest version of Great Planes' outstanding flight sim.

Hobbico’s booth was busy all weekend, particularly with young pilots trying out RealFlight 7.5, the latest version of Great Planes’ outstanding flight sim.

Tim Lavender traveled from Nashville, TN to win the eFest Scale competition with this nifty stick and tissue Curtiss Robin.  Tim is a fixture in Flying Aces (FAC) free flight and brings a bunch of R/C conversions to indoor events like eFest.

Tim Lavender traveled from Nashville, TN to win the eFest Scale competition with this nifty stick and tissue Curtiss Robin. Tim is a fixture in Flying Aces (FAC) free flight and brings a bunch of R/C conversions to indoor events like eFest.

JR's booth featured their brand-new 3-bladed version of the outstanding Forza 450.  The rigid damperless head brings the advantages of the larger 3-bladed NEX to a 450-size package.  This heli is a beauty.

JR’s booth featured their brand-new 3-bladed version of the outstanding Forza 450. The rigid damperless head brings the advantages of the larger 3-bladed NEX to a 450-size package. This heli is a beauty.

 

 

 

 

 

Updated: July 20, 2015 — 12:11 PM

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