Martin Pickering

Invierno Electrico - Murcia 2016 Electric Winter – Murcia 2016

Electric Winter – Murcia 2016Each year in Murcia they hold an event for exclusively electric models, and this year the dates fit well so I could take part. We have spent a good day flying hardly making any noise… Apart from my Extras that is, that for the day where classed as electric… (they have batteries inside, so that counts, right?!) With Vito from Centro Rc Levante we represented the brand OptiPower at the event, with pretty much every size battery going! There where drone races at a rather cool circuit out back. Unfortunately chaos with the frequencies resulted in most of the races not even finishing due to interferance in the video feeds. Even so, we had a good time zooming our quads even if we did break a few props! Once the event was over, I was honoured with the prize for the most spectacular flight, so thanks to the organizers for that!!Electric Winter – Murcia 2016Cada año en Murcia se celebra un evento exclusivo de eléctricos, y este año me cuadró para poder ir. Hemos pasado un dia agradable de vuelos sin hacer apenas rudio… Excepto mis extras, que para el día fueron considerados eléctricos… (llevan baterias dentro, eso cuenta no?!) Junto con Vito de Centro Rc Levante, estuvimos además representanto las baterias OptiPower en prácticamente todas sus medidas! Hubo carreras de drones en un circuito que se había preparado bastante chulo. Por desgracia hubo algo de descontrol de frecuencias y muchas carreras no se terminaron por interferencias. Aún así en los ratos buenos lo pasamos genial y rompimos unas cuantas hélices!! Finalizado el evento, fui honrado con el premio al vuelo más espectácular. 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Ahmedabad – INDIA 2016

Ahmedabad – INDIA 2016Ok so its February, time to get the 2016 show season off to a start! And what a way to do it, travelling to Ahmebadad – India! Unlike most shows that I have done before, this time I was going in representation of Powerbox-Systems to help the locals install and setup their Powerbox and iGyro units, followed by some in flight setup and hopefully teach them along the way. With three flights to get there (Alicante-Madrid-Dubai-Ahmebadad) it took a full day, arriving at 4am ready to get to work at the field! Having arrived in India I met up with my great hosts for the week, Udayab and Varun. We then went to the flying site where we would spend most of the following week, programming, adjusting and over all flying all of them. The week went by very quicky, with very comfortable temperatures, good food and brilliant company with new friends.Ahmedabad – INDIA 2016Estando en Febrero, creo que ya toca arrancar la temporada de vuelo 2016! Y de qué manera! Viajando hasta Ahmenbadad – India! En esta ocasión, no era para una exhibición, sino como representante de Powerbox-Systems para instalar y programar sistemas Powerbox, realizar las pruebas y ajustes de vuelo así como cursar sobre vuelo acrobático con el fin de mejorar las habilidades de los pilotos. With three flights to get there (Alicante-Madrid-Dubai-Ahmebadad) it took a full day, arriving at 4am ready to get to work at the field! Having arrived in India I met up with my great hosts for the week, Udayab and Varun. We then went to the flying site where we would spend most of the following week, programming, adjusting and over all flying all of them. The week went by very quicky, with very comfortable temperatures, good food and brilliant company with new friends. As well as the serious part of the trip, there where many crazy moments when all was let loose, such as flying the 50cc plane while sitting down, or flying a 100cc plane under and through the covered pitts area! By the end of the week, as well as having the planes well programmed and set up, the level of flying had increased significantly, performing many new manouvers, which even though further practice will help smoothen them out, the main part-actually being able to do the manouvers- had succesfully been completed, the whole reason for the trip. Overall, a great success, and looking forward to repeating the experience. Además de la parte seria, hubieron muchos momentos locos, como las de volar el 50cc sentado desde la silla, pasando debajo del tendido eléctrico o pasando el 100cc debajo del techado del hangar! Al final de la semana, además de tener los aviones programados y ajustados, el nivel de vuelo había subido considerablemente, realizando muchas maniobras nuevas, que vale que necesitan más práctica y refinamiento, pero salen y salen bien, que era de lo que se trataba la visita. Todo un éxito para todos, y con ganas de volver en un futuro.

CACH – Chile 2016

CACH - Chile 2016 Through Powerbox-Systems, I was invited to attend the bi-annual CACH Airshow in Chile, with the opportunity to just turn up and fly, without need to ship a model. I would travel with good friend Ralph Losemann from Germany. Not really knowing what to expect, and with Ralph not having visited Chile before either, we were both amazed once we arrived at the flying site. This place wasn't a scrap of land, it was a paradise for model flyers! It turned out, that the previous club was in the centre of Chile, and as the city grew, it became too dangerous to fly. In the years that they had owned the club, the land had been reclassified from agricultural to buildable, and as such increased in value exponentially. The result, 12 million dollars becoming available to buy and build a new club. As such, the club owns hectares upon hectares of land, so you actually always fly within the plot. It has multiple very long tarmac runways surrounded by grass, each with their own pitts area with running water, electricity and even mini control tower! In the central area of the club are dozens of shipping containers used to store, build and repair models on site. Not only that, but also has its own on site restaurant, boat lake, x4 rc car circuits and even go-kart circuit! Put it on your bucket list, if you like flying or modelling, you need to visit this place! The hospitality couldn't have been better either, Ralph and I were made to feel at home with everything that we did, as well as eating like kings. The event itself saw locals visit the field, and even bus loads of children taking a school trip out on the Friday to visit the show. I flew the models of Nico and Arie Gulfenstein, a great father and son team. Nico, AKA "NicoShow!" is a great pilot in his own right, having also competed at events such as the XFC in USA. They kindly allowed me to fly their J10 and Pilot-Rc Extra 330Sc. Ralph didnt have a great show, due to having a problem with his J10 causing him not to be able to continue flying, however Nico once again saved the day providing Ralph with his version, so the show could continue. I was also fortunate enough to be offered to fly the vide-president's Ultra Flash, which must be one of the fastest Ultra's I have ever flown and loved it! I also flew a Mig15 and was asked to assist in fine tuning it and was challenged to try and land it without bouncing! A few flights later and a few changes to set up, had both the challenge met and a very happy owner. All in all, it was a really great trip, even if it was only a short one. Very happy memories and I hope to return very soon! Chile 2016

Air Meeting – Barcelona 2015

Air Meeting - Barcelona 2015 Early in the year, we went to Barcelona to fly at the club Racbasa and spend a few days having a great time with good friends. Saturday was rather cold and windy but we where still able to fly in the gaps in the weather. Sunday however was a much better day and there was a lot more flying to be done. The star of the show this time was without a doubt Victor Calvo’s F104, apart from being huge, it flys surprisingly well with a very unique silhouette in the sky.

3D Xtreme – Valencia 2015

3D XTREME – VALENCIA 2015 We have spent a fun and relaxed weekend flying helis at the Club Ala for the 3D Xtreme. With a decent turnout there where some very good flights from pilots such as Enric Tatche, Vicente Liñana or Ruben Lainez to mention just a few. The star of the show though was team RJX pilot from Germany, Nils Knuth, flying the latest models by RJX, the Vector 700 and Vectron 500 As I am still very much learning with helis, I also took my trusty PilotRc Extra 33SC to have some fun and show these heli guys how a plank is flown! Hemos pasado un divertido y relajado fin de semana en Valencia, concretamente el club Ala celebrando el evento de helicopteros el 3D Xtreme. 3D XTREME – VALENCIA 2015 Hemos pasado un divertido y relajado fin de semana en Valencia, concretamente el club Ala celebrando el evento de helicopteros el 3D Xtreme. Con una buena participación, pudimos ver grandes vuelos como los de Vicente Liñana, Enric Tatche o Ruben Lainez por mencionar solo tres. La estrella del evento fue el piloto de RJX, venido desde Alemania Nils Knuth trayendo los últimos modelos de la marca, el Vector 700 y Vectron 500. Como con el helicóptero aún me queda mucho por aprender, también llevamos el Extra 330SC de Krill Model para disfrutar de unos vuelos 3D de un modelo con alas no rotatorias. Valencia

Bellota Jet – Cáceres 2015

Bellota Jet – Cáceres 2015 As we do every year, we headed off to Cáceres for the Bellota Jet, where this year the weather was good and we where able to fly both days in close to ideal conditions. I took my PilotRc Extra 330SC and UltraFlash by Carf. For fun I also had with me my Modelcombat Zagi (one for racing and one with led’s for night flying) and also my new helis, the Gaui X4 and X7. There where several models that we had not seen yet in Spain, which included Javier Izquierdo’s Avanti’S by Krill, Jesús Bagüés’s Fn año más hemos visitado el club de RC Cáceres para celebrar el Bellota Jet, donde el tiempo ha or Victor Calvo’s XXL ViperJet with AMT – yikes! Sunday at the end of the event as usual they provided some small prizes for the best flights, for which I received best of show – acrobatic flight. Bellota Jet – Cáceres 2015 Un año más hemos visitado el club de RC Cáceres para celebrar el Bellota Jet, donde el tiempo ha acompañado y hemos podido volar durante los dos días del evento con solo un poco de viento cruzado sobre medio día. He llevado el Extra 330SC de Pilot-RC y el UltraFlash de Carf. Además para esos ratos libres me llevé dos alas Zagi de Modelcombat (uno con luces para nocturno) y dos helicópteros, concretamente el Gaui X4 y X7. Habían varios modelos que no habíamos visto aún, entre ellos el Avanti’S de Krill de Javier Izquierdo con tobera vectorial, el F100 de Airworld de Jesús Bagüés o el ViperJet XXL de Paritech de Victor Calvo montando una AMT 400! El domingo al cierre del evento se hicieron entrega de unos detalles a algunos de los vuelos o modelos más destacados. Tuve la suerte de recibir el premio a Mejor de show – vuelo acrobático. Bellota Jet 2015

Weston Park Airshow – UK 2015

WESTON PARK AIRSHOW – UK 2015 As I have done for the last few years, I spent some time in the UK at the Weston Park Airshow. Having had a great time previously, this year I decided to go a few days earlier and really soak it up and fly even more! Arriving on Wednesday I had the chance to try my good friend Rob Gardners J10, making about 8 flights to fully set everything up! I also got to fly a Hangar 9 Extra, Pilot Extra, and a load of different jets and foamies! Loved it! WESTON PARK AIRSHOW – UK 2015 Un año más, hemos sido invitados al gran festival que es el Weston Park Airshow. Con lo bien que lo he pasado en ediciones anteriores, este año decidí llegar un día antes para saborearlo un poco más, y cómo no, poder probar más modelos! Llegando el Miércoles, tuve la oportunidad de volar el J10 de mi amigo Rob Gardner unas 8 veces ese primer día! Además de varios Extra 300 de Hangar 9, un Extra de Pilot, varios jets, corchos y eléctricos! Una gozada! Weston2

Club Alas Aragonesas – Zaragoza 2015

Club Alas Aragonesas – Zaragoza 2015 Once again we have spent a great weekend in Zaragoza, with some even better friends. It was impossibly hot, but the urge to fly was stronger than the urge to run back to the hotel, so that was exactly what we did, fly all weekend long. The club did a great job in making all feel welcome and providing cold drinks to everyone! Club Alas Aragonesas – Zaragoza 2015 Un año más hemos pasado un gran fin de semana en tierras Aragonesas en compañía de buenos amigos y mejores vuelos.Hizo un calor que fue demasiado, pero aún esto no quitó las ganas de volar, cosa que se hizo a lo largo de los dos días del evento sin parar.La organización realizó un gran trabajo y esfuerzo por hacer a todos sentir como en casa, y refrescados de bebidas frías todo el fin de semana. Giant GIGANTE

Los Arcos – Navarra 2015

Los Arcos – Navarra 2015 We where invited to the festival at Los Arcos, Navarra where everyone made us feel very welcome. Everyone except for the wind that was, with gale force winds all weekend flying was the last thing that we actually wanted to do! Los Arcos – Navarra 2015 Fuimos invitados al festival de Los Arcos en Navarra, donde todo el club nos hizo sentir como en casa. Fue una pena la cantidad de viento que hubo, aunque eso no evitó que volasemos.Finalizado el evento, fui afortunado para recibir el premio a mejor vuelo del evento. Gracias por todo amigos

Helidatil Smackdown – Elche 2015

Helidatil Smackdown – Elche 2015 Sor the second year, Centro Rc Levante organized the HeliDatil Smackdown at the Club Aeromodelismo Elche. The first year had a great turnout and this second year has really put the event onthe map. With pilots from the UK, Germany, France and all the Spanish pilots showed a great variety of flying styles, helicopters and an impressive level of flying. Also at the event where Andrew Hinton Lever from Opti brands (Opti Power, Opti Fuel, Opti Smoke…) as well as Anne Chen and Howard Tan both from GAUI Taiwan. The weather was great the whole weekend and everyone enjoyed good food, good flying and an overall great show with the best of friends Helidatil Smackdown – Elche 2015 Por segundo año, el Centro RC Levante organizó el HeliDatil Smackdown en las instalaciones del Club Aeromodelismo Elche. La primera edición tuvo una gran acogida, cosa que se ha consolidado en esta segunda edición. Con pilotos procedentes de UK, Alemania, Francia además del gran nivel que tenemos en España hubo una enorme variedad de estilos y aparatos. Contabamos además con la presencia de Andrew Hinton Lever, director de las marcas OPTI (OptiPower, OptiFuel, OptiSmoke…) y también a Anne Chen y Howard Tan desde GAUI Taiwan. El tiempo acompañó durante los dos días del evento, donde la gente disfrutó de buenos vuelos, buena comida y bebida, música y en general un agradable ambiente entre amigos.