It’s the greatest helicopter show on … stop! Wait a minute! We have heard this comment every year about the International Radio Controlled Helicopter Association
(IRCHA) Jamboree for the last 26 years, and it’s true. The
IRCHA Jamboree is the greatest helicopter show on earth.
But how does it happen? What does it take to pull off
a show of this size? Before I get into the highlights of the
2015 IRCHA Jamboree, let’s take a look at what goes on
behind the scenes to make this amazing event take place.
For the inside scoop, I spent some time with IRCHA
president Dave Millner.
Dave has been the leader of the IRCHA Jamboree for
the past nine years. He was involved in the first IRCHA
Jamboree in 1989 when it was held in Dayton, Ohio, and
had 60 registered pilots. The 2015 IRCHA Jamboree hosted
1,013 registered pilots from around the world, and many
more came to enjoy the event without registering to fly.
Planning for the next gathering begins almost immediately
after the event ends. The IRCHA board members hold a final
briefing a week after the Jamboree, then take 30 days off.
After what is probably the quickest 30 days ever, they begin
serious planning for the next year’s event. The 2016 IRCHA
Jamboree will take place on Wednesday, August 3, through
Sunday, August 7, so mark your calendars now!
According to Dave, the IRCHA Jamboree would not
happen without the help of unsung heroes. All of the IRCHA
board members are volunteers, as are all of those who
support the event throughout the week.
23 Model Aviation DECEMBER 2015