Spencer said first-time fliers are what he enjoys about the air show.
"I like to see the expression on their faces and hear some of the things the kids and adults have to say when they're flying," Spencer said. "They've never held a radio-controlled plane before and they're quite enthused. They really love it."
Spencer also enjoys raising money for the group's charity of choice, and said he has a soft spot in his heart for wounded soldiers.
"The men and women soldiers put their lives on hold, go to Afghanistan and Iraq to protect our freedom and they're quite often injured over there and the government just doesn't do enough for them," Spencer said. "There's been a lot of people who have lost limbs and the Wounded Warrior Project helps them find jobs, find housing. It's just a tremendous organization."
At previous air shows, the Flying Hillbillies donated to the March of Dimes and the Putnam County Animal Shelter. A few years back the club donated $10,000 to the March of Dimes. This is the first year the group chose the Wounded Warrior Project.
The air show is free for everyone. Food and other entertainment during the five-hour event keep guests interested, Spencer said.
The Flying Hillbillies club started in 1969. Today, members range in age from 12 to 78. Members can be found flying at the airfield most weekends, but Spencer said someone is there almost every day.
Members pay $50 dues each year and must also join the Academy of Model Aeronautics, which provides insurance coverage to the flier, the club and the airfield owner.
To learn more about the Flying Hillbillies or the Oct. 6 air show, call Spencer at 304-541-1509 or email him at mdspen...@suddenlink.net.
Reach Megan Workman at megan.work...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5113.