Southeast Electric Flight Festival Celebrates the Thrill of Flight

World’s Largest Model Electric Flight Festival Draws Huge Crowds.

Andersonville, GA, April 16, 2009 --( More than 400 of the world’s most skilled model pilots and hobby enthusiasts will gather for the 8th Annual Southeast Electric Flight Festival (SEFF) – the world’s largest electric flying festival, April 30- May 3, in Andersonville, GA, near Atlanta.

The four-day event, sponsored by the Academy of Model Aeronautics, broke the Guinness Book of World Records last year for the most model planes in the sky at one time. It features a premiere 1,700 ft. grass runway, wide open skies, and thousands of spectators.

The action begins each day at sunrise and includes flying contests, music, food and lots of model planes including sport planes, hotliners, park flyers, 3D planes, gliders, jets and helicopters - on the ground and in the sky. A candy air drop and a kid’s make-and-take fly zone will entertain young fans while Friday and Saturday’s noon flying show will impress the entire crowd.

“Flyers of every kind flock to the festival to share in the action and celebrate electric flight,” said Jeff Meyers, SEFF founder and event coordinator. “SEFF is a world-class event with 1,800 electric flying machines, cutting-edge technology and the most-skilled model pilots.”

Model aviation has changed dramatically during the last several years as the quiet battery and electric-motor technology have opened new doors for model-flying enthusiasts. Every day, more electric models enter the marketplace that are smaller in size and capable of slower airspeeds more suited to confined areas.

“Electric-powered model planes are the fastest growing segment in the radio aircraft hobby,” said Dave Mathewson, President of AMA, the world’s largest model aviation organization that dates back to the mid-1930s. “More model pilots are getting involved in the aviation sport with easy-to-fly and inexpensive electric models.”

New to SEFF this year is the Foamy Challenge for the most unusual “flying thing” built out of foam; the Extreme Speed, a twice-daily half hour speed show with planes that fly 100 miles per hour and faster; and the SEFF Ultimate Destruction Combat, an event that judges modelers on their combat skills.

SEFF takes place at Mac Hodges’ Field, 428 Neil Hodges Rd. in Andersonville, GA, 31711. Pilot Registration is $25, RV Parking is $20 for the weekend, and spectator admission is $3 per day. For more information visit:


About Academy of Model Aeronautics
Founded in 1936, the non-profit Academy of Model Aeronautics is the world’s largest model aviation association, representing a membership of more than 150,000 for the purpose of promotion, development, education, advancement, and safeguarding of modeling activities.

Academy of Model Aeronautics is the voice of its membership, providing liaison with the Federal Aviation Administration, the Federal Communications Commission and other government agencies. Academy of Model Aeronautics also works with local governments, zoning boards, and parks departments to promote the interests of local chartered clubs.

Academy of Model Aeronautics seeks to introduce young men and women to the art and craft of aeromodeling. Through an active educational outreach program, Academy of Model Aeronautics supports teachers and community-based organizations who wish to infuse topics in math, science, and technology with aviation activities. In addition, each year Academy of Model Aeronautics presents Charles H. Grant Scholarships to exceptional students who are active in their community and in modeling.

Since 1970 the Academy of Model Aeronautics has awarded $1 million dollars in scholarships to hundreds of students to study aerospace design and engineering and other aviation related field.
Jwalcher Communications
Maya Ellman