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Only The Roof Is The Limit! Aero-TV Visits 'E-Fest' (Part 2 of 2)

Tremendously Good Fun!

One of the most amazing air displays ANN and Aero-TV has ever seen was (pretty much) run on batteries... no kidding. The growing popularity of small, electric Radio-Controlled aircraft (of ALL kinds and configurations) has given rise to an amazing event, held each Winter in Champaign, IL.

They call it "E-Fest" and all manner of electrically powered airplanes, motorgliders, helicopters, warbirds and even 'jets' gather together for a weekend INSIDE the massive University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Armory Track and Field Facility -- to fly... in some truly extraordinary ways. E-Fest is hosted by Great Planes, Inc., a major player in the model aircraft industry and over the course of the last few years, the event has grown to become known (and documented) worldwide. While must of the weekend is devoted to simple "free-flying" a number of competitions do take place.

Special events featured all manner of different types of flying... wild "3D" displays, 'Slow & Micro Flyers' (some of which were amazingly small), Helicopters (which did some of the wildest flying we've EVER seen), Jets, and some special events just for the kids... with aircraft that they built right in the Armory during the day. A number of educational seminars were run throughout the day that offered info for everyone form beginners to the old pros in attendance.

Contests featured Scale Replica aircraft, "Freestyle Airshow" flying, an action-packed Heli “Smackdown”, pylon racing, an extraordinary air combat competition which was part demolition derby (the last airplane still flying won it all), and a delightful, "Lights-Out" Night flight competition.

It was a great event... exciting, interesting and action packed... and best of all, it was not only reasonably priced ($5 for general admission), kids under the age of 12 were let in for free.

E-Fest promised to be one of the premier indoor flight events of the entire year... and Aero-TV did not go away disappointed.

Join Aero-TV To See Why 'Only The Roof Is The Limit' At E-Fest (Part Two)!!!

About Aero-TV: It's DEFINITELY Show Time!!!!

OK, folks, here we go... we are NOW initiating the first feature programming series for Aero-TV... we're going to take it slow, but we're also going to try and be steady about this. DO UNDERSTAND that this is the most complex media program we've ever undertaken and what you're seeing is just the tip of the iceberg... but from here on out, we will be doing our best to educate, inform, and entertain YOU about all aspects of the exciting worlds of aviation and aerospace. 

If you've been an observer of the media and associated media industries over the last few years, it's not hard to mistake the fact that a massive revolution is taking place. Old sources for news and information are falling by the wayside, having to change their modus operandi or risk obsolescence (or extinction). Electronic media and print media are both under the assault of progress, and the online world has been a cornerstone for revolutionary change.

We've been ready to go for a while, but to be honest, there's so much more to this program than we've alluded to, and so we've been building and planning a massive new organization within ANN. That said, we're hiring talented new people as fast as we can find them (a far more difficult task than we had imagined -- REALLY good people are hard to find), and we're brainstorming at speeds that would make a deorbiting Space Shuttle feel like a slug. Suffice it to say that we wanted to do this right, rather than right-now, and that the development of this program has been the most carefully pursued undertaking we've ever undertaken. 

E-I-C Note: The complete feature shown above is embedded in this story, with most of the slick and useful functionality otherwise available on the main Aero-TV site (which will be upgraded aggressively over the next few weeks). The ability to embed a video on another web page is but one of the hundreds of amazing little features that we've worked hard on, for many months now, to implement in different phases of the initial release of Aero-TV. It is, BY NO MEANS, the only way to enjoy unaltered Aero-TV programming on other parts of the web... as we have extensive plans for future functionality, but this feature allows those with an interest in a specific Aero-TV News or Feature program to embed it on a different web site, though we must note that we reserve the right to forbid such use for those sites or purposes that we do not feel fit in with the proper mission of the Aero-News Network, Inc.  

Webmasters or Administrators of well-trafficked aviation or aerospace related sites, are welcome to contact the Publisher to start conversations on how they may be able to leverage some of the immense power of Aero-TV programming for their sites and constituency by clicking the I Want Aero-TV For MY Website! link.

Coming Soon!

Aero-TV Shows You How To Build A Glasair Sportsman 2+2 in RECORD TIME, Covers The Unveiling of Eurocopter's EC-175, Sees Some AMAZING Flying At E-Fest!!!, Flies The Piper Matrix, Gets A Briefing On Sikorsky's AMAZING X2 Program, Hears What's Hot At Blue Mountain Avionics, Gets Some GREAT Rotax Lessons, More On Gobosh--This Time, Though, On the NEW G800!, Checks Out More "HIGH" Tech at I/ITSEC 2007, Hears From AOPA On Critical Aviation Issues, Spills Some Juicy (and HIGHLY Detailed) Cirrus G3 Info, Catches Up On ALL Things SkyCatcher, Scores A BUNCH of LSA Reports, and SO MUCH MORE!!!!! Do NOT Miss Them!

FMI:,, I Want Aero-TV For MY Website!, I'd Like To Join The ANN/Aero-TV Team!!!,


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