We are pleased to announce that HeliFest 2015 is confirmed for 19th-21st June. To kick start 2016 and the lead up to the UK's premier RC Helicopter event here's a quick look back at our last event. www.youtube.com/watch?v=gwfO5eWTq6g
What is HeliFest? Helifest is the UK’s largest RC helicopter Festival, featuring many disciplines of RC Helicopters. Helifest attracts the largest audience of any UK RC Helicopter event and is held at the amazing Weston Park International Model Air show.
Helifest also provides:
• Open flying for any level of pilot
• Large trade stand area
• Host to over 80 pilots
• Flight Training on site
• Outstanding night flying displays
• Demonstrations of new products and top pilots.
How it all started?
HeliFest was created by RC helicopter Pilot Grant Cooper in 2012. Grant started flying in late 2008, and has been competing in UK competitions ever since.
Grant first gained sponsorship in early 2009 from Align UK, which helped boost his flying career early on. The first competition at the UK 3D Championships led a 6th place finish in the intermediate class after only 1 year of flying. Over time he was invited to fly as a factory pilot for Kasama Helicopters, CSM Gyros, MKS servo-tech UK, and Kontronik Drives. A recent change from Kasama Helicopters to the Align team has allowed Grant to compete in the Align FunFly in Taiwan.
After attending the 3DX cup competition at Weston Park Model Airshow in 2010, Grant realised what an amazing location this was for a helicopter event.
In 2012 the opportunity arose for him to take over and run a whole new event at Weston Park. The aim was to create an event where Pilots of all skill levels and disciplines were welcomed, not only to watch but to take part without the stress of the serious competitions. Many ideas were thrown around and final decisions were made on the response from fellow RC Heli Addicts and the HeliFest was born. Incorporating an open fun-fly for all levels of pilots, a competition to bring out the best in pilots, Flight schools, night flying and a large array of trade stands and product/pilot demonstrations.
Along the way, we have picked up the support of some of the most well respected members and companies of the RC Heli community and without all of their help and hard work we could never have been so successful in our first year, and even more so in recent years. If you’ve never attended HeliFest before then be sure to mark the date in your diary!