The Competitive Side of the Hobby Industry

The Competitive Side of the Hobby Industry

People have enjoyed their hobbies for centuries. Whether it's collecting, artwork, knitting, gardening or remote control models, scale trains, or some other hobby that is enjoyed with passion, there are many opportunities to grow, learn and even compete with others.hobby parts store in central new york


For those of us with a strong passion for RC model airplanes, boats, all-terrain vehicles, we can find fantastic ways to improve our skills and test them with other like-minded hobbiests.


RC Models Bring Enjoyment to All


As the premier hobby shop in Tompkins County, our staff are not only passionate and knowledgeable about all things RC, but have experience in competitions and encourage hobbiests to join in.  Getting started in RC models is as simple as a trip to our shop.  Wink's Hobby Shop specializes in the remote control vehicles that can bring a beginner a load of fun as well as assisting veteran RC hobbiests in obtaining the next level unit, replacing parts, or decking out their current favorite for better performance.


There is always a learning curve with any new hobby and RC modeling is no exception. Depending on the type of model you are interested in, there can be varied lengths of time it will take for you to become proficient in handling your vehicle.


RC Model Airplanes in the Spotlight Today


RC model airplanes are still an extremely popular item and with the numerous styles, engines, power and sizes, there is one for everyone to enjoy.  Aeronautics have long been a favored hobby, thus the deep interest and passion in owning and operating your own flyer.  Imagine the excitement of taking your first model airplane outside for a spin. You find a good, open field or area to fly that is safe from overhead wires and other obstacles. Your fire your bird up and proceed to lift off. What an amazing feeling! Your plane is now airborne and you are in the pilot's seat. People will stop to watch and wish they could be out there with you.


One of the extensions of being involved in the RC model hobby is the opportunity to meet up with other enthusiasts and actually entering hobby shops in new york statecompetitions. How much more fun can you have? Joining up with other RC model flyers (as well as boaters and other RC model folk) along with vendors, food and sunshine can have you begging for more. Competing with your own RC model airplane adds additional excitement and learning.


New York has a full schedule of RC model airplane flying competitions that could be close enough to you to visit or even enter.  Check out this list!



8/2/2018 - 8/4/2018 -- Eastport, NY (C) LONG ISLAND DAWN PATROL. Site: Club Field. Michael Gross CD PH: 631-281-7633 Email: Visit: Sanction #18/674. Giant Scale Pre 1919 airplanes. Sponsor: LONG ISLAND SKYHAWKS


8/4/2018 - 8/5/2018 -- Perry, NY (C) 4TH ANNUAL FUN FLY. Site: Perry/Warsaw Airport. Ronald Griswold CD PH: 585-350-8500 Email: Sanction #18/959. This year we will be using the main runway to accommodate small electrics, EDF jets and turbines. Come join us for a fun filled weekend . Food tent, raffles, 50-50. Note; we may have lite skydiving activity. Camping welcome come stay all weekend. Sponsor: SCREAMING EAGLES MAC


8/10/2018 - 8/12/2018 -- Chenango Bridge, NY (C) AEROS FESTIVAL OF GIANTS. Site: Chenango Bridge Airport. Larry Cobb CD PH: 570-465-7566 Email: Visit: Sanction #18/89. 33rd event 3 Full days. Giant scale rules. $15 pre registered $20 at the gate. Primitive RV Camping. Full size grass runway. Early arrival on 9th OK. Food available. Pre register at Sponsor National Balsa


8/10/2018 - 8/12/2018 -- Genesco, NY (AA) EMPIRE STATE FREE FLIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP. Site: 3489 Big Tree Ln. Ruth Bane CD PH: 585-765-9363 Email: Sanction #18/461. Events; 101-105, 108-110, 124, 140, 142. Nostalgia (6), FAC (13), SAM (4), NFFS (1), diesel duration, Cloud Tramp 36" Bungee Glider, E-20 provisional event, E-36 1/2A Old Time Favorites. Sponsor: WESTERN NEW YORK FREE FLIGHT SOCIETY


8/11/2018 -- Fort Edward, NY (D) 10TH ANNUAL CHARITY FUN FLY. Site: 1933 County Rt 43. Rowland Whiteman CD PH: 518-424-3387 Email: Visit: Sanction #18/1193. 10TH ANNUAL CHARITY FUN FLY TO BENEFIT MAKE A WISH FOUNDATION OF NORTHEAST NEW YORK. Come join us for a worthwhile cause. Witness spectacular RC flying demo's, full scale fly-bys, great food & merchandise raffled off. Lg field w/views of the Adirondak mtns. RV campers welcome, no hook-ups. Sponsor: NORTH COUNTRY FLYING TIGERS MODEL AIRPLANE CLUB INC.


8/11/2018 - 8/12/2018 -- Frankford, NY (AA) AEROBATIC FIREBIRDS. Site: Club Field. James Quinn CD PH: 315-292-0309 Email: Visit: Sanction #18/1191. Events; 401-404, 406 (JSO). Sponsor: MOHAWK VALLEY RC MODELERS


8/11/2018 - 8/12/2018 -- Hamburg, NY (C) FLY IN 2018. Site: Hamburg Model Airpark. William Hauth CD PH: 716-649-8582 Email: Visit: Sanction #18/1419. Find us on Facebook. Sponsor: FLYING KNIGHTS OF HAMBURG NY


8/11/2018 -- Marcellus, NY (C) ANNUAL FUN FLY. Site: Marcellus Airport. Herbert Ziegler CD PH: 315-857-6266 Email: Visit: Sanction #18/1624. Location; 4910 Limeledge Rd. Celebrate National Model Aviation day! Open flying, fixed wing, electric, heli. 100x400 grass field. Burgers, dogs, soda. 93dB at 3 meters noise limit. Sponsor: AERO RADIO CLUB OF SYRACUSE


8/11/2018 -- Vernon, NY (C) FUN FLY. Site: Cub Field. Patrick Rogers CD PH: 315-337-8024 Email: Visit: Sanction #18/1433. No parking or landing fees. 1000x300' grass landing strip. All kinds of RC aircraft welcomed, heli, quads, scale, 3D, FPV. 72mhz radio users welcomed. Must contact CD upon arrival. Food and drinks available for purchase. Sponsor: PARADISE R/C FLYERS


8/18/2018 - 8/19/2018 -- Brockport, NY (C) THE GREAT ELECTRIC CAMP AND FLY. Site: Northampton Park Flying Site. Mathew Kirsch CD PH: 585.317.3752 Email: Sanction #18/1746. Just a friendly get-together to camp and fly at the Northamptons Park Flying Site. Sponsor: RC CLUB OF ROCHESTER RCCR


8/18/2018 - 8/19/2018 -- Johnstown, NY (C) 32nd ANNUAL ADIRONDACK FLY IN. Site: Club Field. William Dexter CD PH: 518-674-2446 Email: Sanction #18/866. Charity event, all size AMA legal aircraft. $20 landing fee. Primitive RV camping, no hook-ups. Early arrivals welcome. Sanitary facilities available. 900 ft grass runway, night flying. 8am registration, 9am flying. Food concession, raffle. Sponsor: LAZY EIGHT RC CLUB INC


8/18/2018 - 8/19/2018 -- Leroy, NY (C) FUN FLY. Site: Club Field. David Lowder CD PH: 585-786-8394 Email: Sanction #18/793. Enjoy a day of flying at our club field, the Stafford airport, this is a private airport, our grass runway is 700ft x 75ft. Location 6684 Randell Rd Stafford NY. AMA required. Flying 10am-5pm. No turbine powered aircraft. Concession stand. Sunday August 19TH, is a RAIN DATE ONLY. Sponsor: BATAVIA RC FLYING CLUB INC


8/18/2018 - 8/19/2018 -- Perry, NY (C) 4TH ANNUAL JET TOGETHER. Site: Perry/Warsaw Airport. Ronald Griswold CD PH: 585-350-8500 Email: Visit: Sanction #18/960. Come fly at one of the finest airports in western NY. Free pilots lunch. NO landing fee . We may have lite skydiving activity though not a problem. Open to EDF and Turbine Jets fine local dining campers welcome. Sponsor: SCREAMING EAGLES MAC


8/18/2018 -- W Haverstraw, NY (D) TOWN OF HAVERSTRAW AIRSHOW. Site: Haverstraw Model Aerodrome. Bruce Leach CD PH: 845-786-1879 Email: Visit: Sanction #18/165. The 9th annual Town of Haverstraw Air Show is our event for the benefit of the public. HVRCC is seeking talented pilots to perform. There is a separate flight line with buddy boxing and flight simulators. Visit website or contact CD. Sponsor: HUDSON VALLEY R/C CLUB


8/24/2018 - 8/26/2018 -- Crown Point, NY (C) WARBIRDS OVER CROWN POINT. Site: Club Field. Charles Sjobeck CD PH: 802-777-8534 Email: Visit: Sanction #18/1088. All Warbirds welcome. Primitive camping, no hook-ups. $20 landing fee. 600' grass runway, food, 50/50 raffle. Come and enjoy a beautiful flying site. Sponsor: CHAMPLAIN VALLEY FLYERS


8/25/2018 - 8/26/2018 -- Endicott, NY (AAA) AERO GUIDANCE SOCIETY 63RD ANNUAL. Site: Club Field. Jeffrey Hatton CD PH: 607-760-0791 Email: Visit: Sanction #18/1612. Events; 401-404, 406 (JSO). Food available both days. Saturday evening dinner at the field. Field open for practice Friday afternoon at 1pm. On site camping available, no hook-ups. Sponsor: AEROGUIDANCE SOC INC


8/25/2018 - 8/26/2018 -- Frankfort, NY (C) FIREBIRDS FUN FLY. Site: Frankfort Highland Airport. Jason Fitts CD PH: 315-601-5508 Email: Visit: Sanction #18/1516. Come and fly off of our 60'x3000' paved runway! Open flying, combat and fun fly events! Food, music and concessions. No pilot registration fee! Planes of any size, helicopters, all are welcome! Sponsor: MOHAWK VALLEY RADIO CONTROL MODELERS INC


8/25/2018 - 8/26/2018 -- Macedon, NY (C) ED VAN WAGNER MEMORIAL AIRSHOW & OPEN HOUSE. Site: 2529 Macedon Ctr Rd. Wayne Drinkwater CD PH: 585.330.2729 Email: Visit: Sanction #18/927. Fun fly open to all fixed wing aircraft. Flight demos, raffles, candy drop. Food concessions available all weekend. Camping available. Contact CD. Sponsor: ROCHESTER AERO MODELING SOC


8/25/2018 - 8/26/2018 -- Niagara Falls, NY (C) FLY OVER NIAGARA. Site: Reservoir State Park. Dwane Covert CD PH: 716-832-1456 Email: Visit: Sanction #18/1598. 23nd Annual RC airshow. Free admission, no landing fee. Grass runway and shelter for pilots. Vendors welcome. Camping close by. AMA required. All types of aircraft are welcome. Come fly with us and go to see the Falls! Sponsor: WING AND ROTOR OF WESTERN NEW YORK, INC


8/31/2018 - 9/2/2018 -- Macedon, NY (C) 16TH ANNUAL NORTHEAST MODEL HELICOPTER JAMBOREE. Site: Rams Field. Christopher Reibert CD PH: 585-645-9909 Email: Visit: Sanction #18/1960. Three days of helicopter fun, flying, food, fireworks & friends. Sponsor: ROCHESTER AERO MODELING SOC


Wink's Hobby Shop in Ithaca can get you started in the RC hobby or assist you in moving up to competitions.  Always check out your Ithaca hobby shop for the latest news in the area, the best RC models and everything you could possibly need to enjoy your hobby in remote control vehicles.