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Cape Coral R/Sea Hawks Swap Meet & Auction today

By Staff | Feb 11, 2012

The Cape Coral R/Sea Hawks organization will hold a Swap Meet and Auction today from 7:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Faith Presbyterian Church in Cape Coral in advance of their upcoming airshow, the Gathering of the Giants.

The club has more than 300 members dedicated to expanding the practice and increasing the skill of model builders and Radio Control flyers, according to event coordinator Pablo Fernandez.

“The ‘R’ stands for radio control,” he said.

The Swap Meet and Auction event today runs from 7:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.

“It’s like a flea market, but on radio controlled planes and parts,” he said. “We have people coming who have things for sale from Orlando, Sarasota and Miami, as well as Cape Coral and Fort Myers.”

Faith Presbyterian Church is at 4544 Coronado Parkway., next to Fire Station #1, about two blocks north of Cape Coral Parkway.

The auction will be at 10 a.m.

“We take a plane there and the highest bidder takes the plane, and the club gets a percentage.”

Fernandez has been involved with the organization for the last 11 years.

“I’ve loved this since I was a kid. I am 67 now and been flying model planes for 57 years.”

Their next big function will be the 18th annual Gathering of the Giants.

“We see a lot of the same people every year and new enthusiasts,” Fernandez said.

It will feature the Mac Hodge’s Giant B-29.

“This Giant B-29 is one of the largest radio controlled planes in the world,” he said. “It always brings a lot of fans out, between 5,000 and 10,000 people.

“The money we make on that gathering is almost all donated to charity, including to the Marine Monument on Veteran’s Parkway. Last year we donated $1,500 to it and we do work with any public schools that have a chapter of the Civil Air Patrol.”

There will be numerous other events within the Gathering event, including the airborne launch of the Bell X-1 rocket plane, pilot awards and more.

The club has its own Air Park, which is located in north Cape Coral at 1030 N.W. 28th St.

The park is a city-owned facility, with spectators and pilots welcome. All pilots will usefrequency control procedures as outlined in the R/Sea Hawks Flying Rules.

“We bring the kids to the field, teach them how to fly, and we prepare a show for them. We also promote Aviation Day at Page Field, we had a big display there, and there is a whole list of other things we do.”

For more information go to rseahawks.org.