WORK PROGRESSING: Nick Speranza, Merry Barclay, Reilly Thomson and Greg Barclay at work developing the new Warwick Aero Modellers complex at Morgan Park. RIGHT: Club member Vincent Garrett with a plane he made.
WORK PROGRESSING: Nick Speranza, Merry Barclay, Reilly Thomson and Greg Barclay at work developing the new Warwick Aero Modellers complex at Morgan Park. RIGHT: Club member Vincent Garrett with a plane he made. Gerard Walsh And Contributed

Modellers set for take-off at new Morgan Park complex

AERO MODELLING: The Warwick Aero Modellers have a date to move into their new complex at Morgan Park - March 1.

Club vice-president Greg Barclay said he was still waiting on approval of an application for a grant to build a clubhouse.

"We have levelled the airfield, cleared a few trees, constructed a new entrance and fixed up the internal roads. There is a bit of work to be done but we will move in on March 1," he said.

The club has leased 14ha from Southern Downs Regional Council near the Morgan Park gate, an area once used for cricket.

The Warwick Aero Modellers have 30 members in an area from Allora to Stanthorpe, and meet twice a month.

The club has been using the northern end of the Warwick Drag Racing Association strip to launch its model planes and will be on the drag strip until the end of February.

Barclay said the long-term plan was to run competitions.

"Our Warbirds Over Warwick day will be held on Sunday, February 7, at the drag strip," he said.

"We will invite members of all district RSL sub-branches to the day."

January 10 is the date for the next fly day with new members welcome on the northern end of the drag strip from 9am. For information phone Barclay on 0417 616 264.

Flying details

Model planes - Cost between $250 and $350 for a basic learner kit, a plane and a transmitter. Planes available up to $5000.

Height - There is a ceiling of 122m (400 feet) in height on the drag strip but club members plan to apply to increase the legal height to 305m (1000 feet).

Distance - A transmitter can power a model plane up to 3km but the majority of Warwick members fly their planes in a 500m radius of the starting point.

Launch - Most of the model planes in Warwick are launched just like a full-sized plane. All the model planes have wheels except the gliders, which are launched by hand.

Time - Petrol planes can be out for 45 minutes, electric planes for 10 minutes and gliders for one hour.

Speed - Model planes can travel up to 150kmh.

Competitions - Most of the competitions in the sport are based on time and skill as determined by the judges.



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