A Virginia aeromodeling club plans to hold an RC Helicopter event later this month, with all proceeds going toward medical expenses for one of its members who was seriously injured in a helicopter crash. Travis Reyes, age 20, was critically injured August 26 when the Osprey military helicopter crashed off the coast of Melville, Australia, near where he was stationed with the U.S. Marines Corps. According to a member of the Fredericksburg RC club, Travis suffered multiple internal injuries. He is currently recovering at a hospital in Melbourne, Australia, and is in serious, but stable, condition.
The cause of the crash is being investigated. Three U.S. Marines were killed in the crash, and Travis was the only one who survived but was seriously injured. Roughly 20 Marines were aboard the heli when it crashed during a training exercise.
Travis has been involved in modeling since he was a child. His favorite type of aircraft to fly are RC helicopters. His home club, the Fredericksburg Area RC Club, will hold its annual event, the Fall Heli Mowdown, September 28 to October 1, at the club's field in Fredericksburg, Virginia.
If you are unable to attend the event, but would like to help with Travis' medical expenses, you can make a donation at checkout.square.site.