Model planes take to Warwick skies
A MINIATURE helicopter catches a glint of the sun as it dives headfirst and plummets towards the ground.
Spectators gasp as it grazes the blades of grass, before picking itself up again and rolling into a 360-degree loop.
“Human bodies wouldn't be able to cope with that kind of movement,” says Toowoomba Aero Club member Glenn Fitzsimmons, his eyes glued to the machine in the sky.
“That's why we enjoy this so much.”
With the sun shining brightly, conditions couldn't have been better for Warwick Aero Modellers Club's first inter-club day at the weekend.
Members of the Toowoomba club met with Warwick aero enthusiasts at Henry Joppich Park, to help kick off the first of the monthly meets.
Toowoomba club members Benjamin Valderrama and Ben Lack were among those to visit Warwick on Saturday.
The pair said it was the joy of flying something they had made themselves that gave them the greatest thrill.
“To build a model (like mine) it would take a day if you have experience,” Benjamin said.
“For me it took a couple of weeks.”
The young pair say flying the machines isn't as easy as it might appear, but once you learn, you become hooked.
“You can fly them as far as you can see them, but we have a limit here of 200m,” Ben said.
“You also have to take into account (elements) such as wind, but it depends on how small the models are. If they're small you just stay low.”
Toowoomba Aero Club member Carlos Valderrama has been flying model aeroplanes for 18 months and brought with him an interesting looking model.
“It's called a tricopter,” he explained.
“It's the same as a helicopter but it has three rotor blades.”
Warwick club secretary and treasurer Peter Earl said interest from the community had been strong.
“There are a lot of people I'm sure that want to fly but haven't had the opportunity to do it,” he said.
“Anyone who wants to try it can have up to four free flights before joining.
"Then their insurance is covered by MAAA.”
Anyone interested in joining the Warwick Aero Modellers Club or obtaining more information can visit www.wamqld.webs.com or phone president Rod Crossman on 0408788116.