Horizon Hobby Air Meet makes hobbyists the stars of the show.
The beauty of this event for RC jet pilots is the wide open space provided to set up a pit area. The beautiful airport runway is smooth and stretched out to offer you a comfortable and controlled environment to fly your pride and joy. And, of course, the New England atmosphere and countryside is like no other destination in the world.
The main flight line is for high-power, full-range electric and turbine-powered jet aircraft. Only during the noon-time air show will propeller-driven aircraft be permitted to fly in that area. When the day is dawning or the sun is setting, calm conditions are great for ultra micro RC flying. If you have a micro-class jet or airplane, please take advantage of the ultra micro flight line setup for models of just that size. The ultra micro flight line is open all day from Thursday through Sunday.
For your convenience, turbine fuel will be available on site. An on-site Horizon Hobby Service Center will also be available during the event. When you register as an RC participant, we can be better prepared to make your experience at Horizon Hobby Air Meet as enjoyable and successful as possible.
Jet Pilot Benefits
- Join renowned RC experts from around the world
- Jet fuel available on site
- Overnight secure storage available
- On-site Horizon Hobby service
- Exclusive 100 x 2,500-foot paved runway with 1,500-foot ceiling
- Private flying Thursday and Friday
- Main air show event Saturday and Sunday
- Saturday night flying and fireworks
- Private show participant party and awards
- Access to thousands of aviation fans
- Autograph signature and fan club booth
- On-site exhibits, food and vendors
- AC power available on site
- Local Accommodations available
- $50 pilot registration fee; $20-30 Saturday dinner per person
Stars of the Show
Australian National Champion,
US Masters and Freestyle Champion
Australian National Champion, US Masters and Freestyle Champion
Peter Goldsmith was born and raised in Sydney, Australia, and began flying radio control at eleven years old. He still remembers his first radio transmitter called a "Bionic Baby," a two-channel dry cell system that his mother bought for him in Singapore. Young Pete had two weeks before his mother arrived home with the new radio, so he put that time to good use and designed and built his first RC aircraft. Growing up, Peter says, he would design and build his own planes out of necessity. So, from the very beginning, he was a designer. Peter's first love in RC has been sailplanes and soaring. He loved doing aerobatics with them, and through an evolution of events decided to try F3A. His first contest was in 1978. Peter competed on an Australian national level in pattern up until he came to the U.S. in 2000, and was the Australian National Champ from '95 until 2000. During that time he was also a member of the Australian National team for the World Championship, making the finals in three of the five Worlds and was awarded Oceanic Champion three times. In Scale Aerobatics, Pete has multiple top-level performances at the Masters and won it in '01. He has placed second in the AMA Nationals three times and won the Freestyle National Championship in '02. Peter competed in the Tournament of Champions from 1992 until its end in '02. He is currently the Field Marketing Manager for Horizon Hobby and continues to compete at the very top level.
World Class RC Expert and Air Show Performer,
1st Place Top Gun Pilot
World Class RC Expert and Air Show Performer.
You could say that radio control is in his blood. Ali and most of his distinguished family are involved in the hobby and play a large role in their successful Great Britain-based business, Al's Hobbies. Ali's official title in the business is Director and Jet Centre Manager; however, Ali is most often seen and better known in the field as a Display Pilot. A showman through and through, Ali can fly anything with wings or a scale model from any era (whether it has a motor or not) and have you totally captivated and convinced that small model you're watching is the very real thing. Of course, Ali is also about showing you all the advantages models have over their larger brethren, so don't be surprised if you see a jet or a high-wing pleasure cruiser flying inverted or hovering only inches from the ground – totally out of scale, but totally in control. Yes, Ali is just that good of a pilot. Traveling around the globe has earned him quite a celebrity status. Backing up that acclaim is his most recent win at the prestigious Top Gun Invitational Tournament, where he flew Graeme Mears' stunning T-33 to first place in Team Scale this year. Ali also has a fine line of instructional DVDs available on the jet pilot phenomena.
Grand Champion at the 2005 US Scale Masters and Top Gun Champion.
David Ribbe is a lifelong aviation enthusiast with over 20 years of experience in the RC industry. He began modeling at age 10 and designed his first model at 17. Since then he has designed more than 30 models, including everything from electric park flyers to jets. He's also a veteran modeling competitor with many first-place finishes, including Grand Champion at the 2005 US Scale Masters and Top Gun Champion for 2007. A native of Orlando, Florida, David now leads the product development team for Hangar 9® aircraft in his role as Vice-President of Product Development for Horizon Hobby.
World-Class RC Aerobatic Champion, Scale Pilot and Magazine Author
A world-class RC aerobatic champion and magazine author.
A world-class RC aerobatic pilot, John has flown in and won many national competitions. But he got his start at a very young age with his father Peter. Together they participated at precision aerobatics contests, and then moved into Giant-Scale at the inception of the International Miniature Aerobatics Club RC competition, where John stepped up to Unlimited class very quickly. John has a fast-paced 3D freestyle flying ability that sets a pace other RC pilots around the globe look to emulate. Some of his RC career highlights include seven years of participation at the Extreme Flight Championships, where he took first place in 2003 and 2010; seven-time participant at the Electric Tournament of Champions, where he took first place in 2007; team pilot at Top Gun three times; and high-place standings at the Tucson Aerobatic Shootout. He writes for Kiona Publishing (RC Sport Flyer) and AirAge Publishing (Model Airplane News and Electric Flyer), and writes the Scale Aerobatics Column for Model Aviation, where he has also published several of his RC indoor aerobatic designs.
Current XFC Airplane Champion, E-TOC Champion and US Nationals Champion
Current XFC Airplane Champion and Multi-Time U.S. Nationals Champion.
Seth Arnold is a 21 year-old RC aerobatics specialist with an impressive list of national and invitational championship titles to his credit. Originally from New Holland, Ohio, Seth moved to Champaign, Illinois, in 2010 to work for Horizon Hobby as a Product Developer – the youngest ever recruited for the air category. It all started 10years earlier when his stepmother gave his father an airplane and learned to fly at 1st U.S. R/C Flight School. Dad immediately taught Seth to fly RC, and ever since Seth has been fascinated with aerobatics. His most recent achievements include two consecutive wins in the airplane category at the 2011 and 2012 Extreme Flight Championships invitational. He took second place at the 2009 XFC after winning the Electric-Tournament of Champions invitational event for indoor aerobatics. Seth has also been a U.S. IMAC National Champion and a National IMAC Freestyle Champion. Prior to those events he was the runner-up on multiple occasions at the Tucson Aerobatic Shootout and Clover Creek Invitational. All-in-all, he's claimed over 30 wins, and his list of credentials just keeps growing. But Seth has fun with everything RC has to offer from hardcore helicopter flying to the smooth and precise flying pattern aerobatics has to offer. "Have fun!" is his motto and if you asked what his favorite part about the hobby is he'll say, "I love flying and everything about it!"
International RC Jet Air Show Performance Expert and Pilot
International RC Jet Air Show Performance Expert and Pilot.
Chris Huhn is a resident of Mahomet, Illinois, and has enjoyed the RC hobby all of his life. Specifically, Chris has been an active RC jet pilot since 1991, when he was an engineering student and worked in his spare time with Bob Violet Models (BVM). In addition to being involved with developing new models, he had the opportunity to travel to many events as a factory demo pilot. This was a time before turbines became practical and the hot technology involved demonstrating the performance of glow-engine powered, ducted fan jets with speed run competitions. Chris has set several closed-course top speed records exceeding 236 mph. He was fortunate also to be involved with the initial introduction of turbines to the RC industry while working at BVM and continued as a field rep after earning his university degree. Whether it's at his home field with the Monticello Model Masters or across the country at internationally recognized events like Florida Jets, the Joe Nall in Woodruff, SC, or at the Mississippi Afterburner Jet Rally, you'll find him having a blast streaking his beautifully built models through the sky.