By Tamas Mondovics
Johnson County’s scenic, outdoor attractions may draw many to region, but this weekend the Johnson County Airport in Mountain City is anticipating a large crowd.
Airport officials were pleased to announce to be the hosts of the 2019 RC Jet Precision Aerobatics National Championships Competition.
The event is scheduled for Friday, Jun 21 at 8 a.m. through Sunday, Jun 23 at 5 p.m. at the Johnson County Airport, 611 Airport Rd. in Mountain City TN.
Due to the performance level required, participation in the event itself is by invitation only; all spectators are invited to enjoy the spectacular aerobatics that is scheduled for the three-day tournament.
“There are going to be the “Top Guns” of the sport here,” said local event spokesperson Archie Stafford. “We are inviting any of the general public that wants to see a really cool air show with some amazing equipment to come out and attend the event free of charge.”
Organizers emphasized the event itself is sanctioned by the Academy of Model Aeronautics and is the first-ever large scale National Championship for Jet Aerobatics with classes including Basic, EDF, Scale, F3S, and Freestyle.
The Freestyle class can be flown without being tied to one of the precision classes. Pilots may also fly multiple classes.
AMA is the largest model aviation association, representing a membership of more than 195,000 from every walk of life, income level, and age group.
There are more than 2,500 AMA model airplane clubs across the country.
AMA offers its chartered clubs official contest sanction, insurance, and assistance in getting and keeping flying sites.
The AMA is the voice of its membership, providing liaison with the Federal Aviation Administration, the Federal Communications Commission, and other government agencies through the national headquarters in Muncie, Indiana. AMA also works with local governments, zoning boards, and parks departments to promote the
interests of local chartered clubs.
For more information, please visit www.modelaircraft.org/events/2019-jet-precision-aerobatics-national-championships.