The trick to flying, he said, is to understand the plane's movements at each point in the sky. The direction the plane turns changes constantly relative to the person standing on the ground holding the remote.
For a pilot in a real airplane, left is left and right is right. For a radio-controlled model, it's not so simple.
"If you think about left and right, you'll get upside-down in a heartbeat," Spencer said.
After about 10 minutes, Spencer and Withrow circled their planes around the field and started their landings.
Spencer's plane descended slowly, and gently dropped into the snow. It skidded a few feet and stopped. Its engine whirred a few seconds before Spencer cut the power.
When Withrow's plane touched down, its pontoons bounced awkwardly on the ground a few times before finally coming to a rest.
Spencer turned to needle his friend.
"That's three good landings," he cracked.
The Hillbillies hold a fundraising air show every year, where the club members bring their planes and perform stunts for anyone that wants to watch. Last year, the club held the fundraiser for the Putnam County Animal Shelter. They have not decided on a group this year.
"We like to do that kind of work," Withrow said. "We like to have our fun, but we like to spread it around a little bit.
The Hillbillies also do another show a few times a year called a "fun fly".
In the feature event, the egg drop, competitors put an egg in a Styrofoam cup and attach the cup to the top of the plane. The planes fly over a target, perform a stunt -- like a barrel roll or a negative G dive -- and drop the egg.
Sometimes hitting the target is the least of the fliers' problems. On one run, Ellis flew his plane too low, rolled, and smashed it into the ground. It wasn't seriously damaged.
The club started in 1969, originally under the name "Teays Valley Fliers." Their site is outside of Winfield on old U.S. 35.
Those interested in joining the Hillbillies are asked to call Mike Spencer at 304-541-1509.
Reach Zachary Taylor at Zachary.Tay...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5189.