What is HeliFest?
- UK’s largest RC helicopter Festival
- Features many disciplines of RC Helicopter’s
- Host to the Heli-Masters UK Competition
- Largest audience of any UK RC Helicopter event
- Held at the amazing Weston Park Model Airshow
- The BIGGEST raffle draw we’ve ever seen!
- Open flying for any level of pilot
- Large trade stand area
- Host to over 80 pilot’s
- Flight Training on site
- Outstanding night flying display’s
- Demonstrations of new products and top pilot’s
How it all started……
HeliFest was created by RC helicopter Pilot Grant Cooper in 2012. Grant started flying in late 2008, and has been competing in UK competition’s ever since.
Grant first gained sponsorship in early 2009 from Align UK, which helped boost his flying career early on. The first competition at the UK 3D Championship’s led a 6th place finish in the intermediate class after only 1 year of flying. Over time he was invited to fly as a factory pilot for Kasama Helicopter’s, CSM Gyro’s, MKS servo-tech UK, and Kontronik Drives. A recent change from Kasama Helicopter’s to the Align team has allowed Grant to compete in the Align FunFly in Taiwan.
After attending the 3DX cup competition at Weston Park Model Airshow in 2010, Grant realised what an amazing location this was for a helicopter event.
In 2012 the opportunity arose for him to take over and run a whole new event at Weston Park. The aim was to create an event where Pilot’s of all skill level’s and discipline’s were welcomed, not only to watch but to take part without the stress of the serious competitions. Many idea’s were thrown around and final decision’s were made on the response from fellow RC heli Addicts and the HeliFest was born. Incorporating an open fun-fly for all level’s of pilot’s, a competition to bring out the best in pilot’s, Flight school’s, night flying and a large array of trade stands and product/pilot demonstrations.
Along the way, we have picked up the support of some of the most well respected member’s and company’s of the RC heli community – and without all of their help and hard work we could never have been so successful in our first years, and even more so in 2017. If you’ve never attended HeliFest before then be sure to cancel all your plans and put it in your diary….