Jody Hodgson of Newcastle was having fun with his radio controlled helicopters at the inaugural Grafton Helifest at South Grafton over the weekend Photo Contributed NO RESALE
Jody Hodgson of Newcastle was having fun with his radio controlled helicopters at the inaugural Grafton Helifest at South Grafton over the weekend Photo Contributed NO RESALE Contributed

Helifest lets off steam to support rescue craft

AS David Scott put it, Helifest on the Clarence was a chance for all the heli family to catch up and "cut loose".

Mr Scott was one of the organisers of the event where more than 100 radio-controlled helicopter pilots converged on a paddock near Lawrence earlier in the month.

They were there to test out the latest in remote controlled helicopters and to raise money for the Westpac Rescue Chopper.

Mr Scott said the final figure on how much was raised had not been worked through as the treasurer of the committee had a virus.

"But I know it would be over $1000 although I couldn't say exactly how much," Mr Scott said.

"We've got to go to a meeting to present a cheque to the Westpac people at a later date."

One of the star attractions of Helifest was the Westpac Rescue Chopper providing its pilot training simulator for people to test their skills on.

"That was sensational and the blokes had an absolute ball on it," Mr Scott said.



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