Events

SkyHub – DUBAI 2017

SkyHub - DUBAI 2017 I was kindly invited to perform a series of demo flights at the Rc Championship held at the SkyHub airfield in Dubai, along with Asian champion and GP Engines manufacturer “Fergie” Tzu Chu Lin. I travelled with my good friends Alan and Emilio on this great adventure to the UAE. We were really made to feel at home by our hosts Ahmed, Mustafa, Thair and Bashar who all looked after us, both on the field and off. The idea was that we did not need to take planes, and indeed we had a great selection to choose from. Fergie had a clear favourite, the same 3DHS Slick that he uses at home, while I flew pretty much everything! From Ahmed’s PilotRc 3m Edge, Thair’s PilotRc 3m Extra, Mustafas Pilotrc 2,7m Yak 54 and even a specially built AJ Slick by Mostafa. Not to mention, Habib’s great Viperjet. The preparations went well, and all had clearly been well organized. Everything down to the large banners each of the sponsors had placed around the flying areas. The level of flying was very good, with pilots performing all kinds of maneuvers even with the largest of acrobatic models and jets. Truly enjoying the hobby as a whole. Following three days of practice and preparations though, unfortunately the competition itself had to be called off due to the strong wind and rain (yes, rain in Dubai!) At this time our hosts kindly showed us round Dubai, getting to see the all important attractions of the city, such as the Burj Khalifa, the 7 star Burj Al Arab Jumeirah hotel, the Dubai Mall, the palm islands, Atlantis, etc… A truly unforgettable experience with great people in a wonderful location that I hope we get to repeat in the future. /* Portfolio Options Configuration Goes Here*/ #gallery div{ margin-left: 0px !important; margin-right: 0px !important; padding-left: 0px !important; padding-right: 0px !important; -webkit-transform: translate3d(0,0,0); } .lg-info{ position:fixed; z-index:3; left:10px; top:10px; padding:10px; margin-right: 70px; min-width: 300px; max-width: 400px; background-color: rgba(0,0,0,0.5); color:#FFF; font-size:16px; } .lg-info h4,.lg-info h3,.lg-info h2 { color: white; text-transform:uppercase; margin: 0px; font-size: 17px; line-height: 17px; max-height: 40px; overflow: hidden; } .lg-info p { color: white; margin-top: 4px; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal; max-height: 100px; overflow: auto; } /* Portfolio Options Configuration Goes Here*/ #gallery .tile:hover{ cursor: pointer !important; } /* - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -*/ /* Tile Hover Customizations */ /* Customize overlay background */ #gallery .crp-tile-inner .overlay, #gallery .tile .caption { background-color: rgba(0,0,0,0.50196078431373) !important; } #gallery .crp-tile-inner.crp-details-bg .details { background-color: rgba(0,0,0,0.50196078431373) !important; } #gallery .crp-tile-inner .details h3 { color: #ffffff; text-align: center; font-size: 18px; } #gallery .crp-tile-inner .details p { color: #ffffff; text-align: center; font-size: 11px; } #gallery .crp-tile-inner .details h3 { margin-bottom: 0px; } (function($) { var tileParams = {}; if(0) { tileParams.approxTileWidth = 250; tileParams.approxTileHeight = 250; tileParams.minTileWidth = 200; } if(0) { tileParams.addBlock2Height = 80; } jQuery('#gallery').crpTiledLayer(tileParams); $( ".crp-light-gallery" ).each(function() { var id = $( this ).attr("id"); $("#" + id).lightGallery({ mode: 'slide', useCSS: true, cssEasing: 'ease', //'cubic-bezier(0.25, 0, 0.25, 1)',// easing: 'linear', //'for jquery animation',// speed: 600, addClass: '', closable: true, loop: true, auto: false, pause: 6000, escKey: true, controls: true, hideControlOnEnd: false, preload: 1, //number of preload slides. will exicute only after the current slide is fully loaded. ex:// you clicked on 4th image and if preload = 1 then 3rd slide and 5th slide will be loaded in the background after the 4th slide is fully loaded.. if preload is 2 then 2nd 3rd 5th 6th slides will be preloaded.. ... ... showAfterLoad: true, selector: null, index: false, lang: { allPhotos: 'All photos' }, counter: false, exThumbImage: false, thumbnail: true, showThumbByDefault:false, animateThumb: true, currentPagerPosition: 'middle', thumbWidth: 150, thumbMargin: 10, mobileSrc: false, mobileSrcMaxWidth: 640, swipeThreshold: 50, enableTouch: true, enableDrag: true, vimeoColor: 'CCCCCC', youtubePlayerParams: false, // See: https://developers.google.com/youtube/player_parameters, videoAutoplay: true, videoMaxWidth: '855px', dynamic: false, dynamicEl: [], // Callbacks el = current plugin onOpen : function(el) {}, // Executes immediately after the gallery is loaded. onSlideBefore : function(el) {}, // Executes immediately before each transition. onSlideAfter : function(el) {}, // Executes immediately after each transition. onSlideNext : function(el) {}, // Executes immediately before each "Next" transition. onSlidePrev : function(el) {}, // Executes immediately before each "Prev" transition. onBeforeClose : function(el) {}, // Executes immediately before the start of the close process. onCloseAfter : function(el) {}, // Executes immediately once lightGallery is closed. onOpenExternal : function(el, index) { if($(el).attr('data-url')) { var href = $(el).attr("data-url"); } else { var href = $("#crp-light-gallery li").eq(index).attr('data-url'); } if(href) { crp_loadHref(href,true); }else { return false; } }, // Executes immediately before each "open external" transition. onToggleInfo : function(el) { var $info = $(".lg-info"); if($info.css("opacity") == 1){ $info.fadeTo("slow",0); }else{ $info.fadeTo("slow",1); } } // Executes immediately before each "toggle info" transition. }); }); jQuery(".tile").on('click', function (event){ if(jQuery(event.target).hasClass('crp-product-buy-button')) { return false; } event.preventDefault(); if(jQuery(event.target).hasClass("fa") && !jQuery(event.target).hasClass("zoom")) return; var tileId = jQuery(".tile-inner", jQuery(this)).attr("id"); var target = jQuery("#crp-light-gallery-item-"+tileId); target.trigger( "click" ); }); })( jQuery ); jQuery(window).load(function() {});

Anji, Shanghai – CHINA 2016

Anji, Shanghai – CHINA 2016This year we returned to Anji, close to Shanghai for the UAV GP, this time with a Jet Formation Cup all organized by the Chinese Government and Powerbox-Systems.Unfortunately the weather wasnt kind to us and we had low cloud cover and rain throughout the event. That said, everyone did a great job in flying when there were gaps or reduced rain fall, allowing the event to go ahead and perform the necessary flights for a winner to be crowned. To start with, here is a video of the week. It is filmed when the weather was at its best, so you can imagine what it was like the rest of the time!Anji, Shanghai – CHINA 2016Este año volvimos a Anji, cerca de Shanghai para el UAV GP esta vez con copa de vuelo en formación de turbinas, todo organizado por el gobierno chino y Powerbox-Systems. Por desgracia el tiempo no acompañó, lluviendo de manera continuada durante todos los días del evento. No obstante, en rachas de poca lluvia y cuando la visibilidad lo permtiría, logramos dar un número de vuelos suficientes como para poder llevar al cabo el evento e importantemente la competición. Para empezar, aquí teneis un video con un poco de todo del fin de semana. Esta grabado en los momentos en los que sí pudimos volar, imaginar cómo era cuando no!

Memorial Sebastián Almagro – Córdoba 2016

Memorial Sebastián Almagro - Córdoba 2016 One of my favourite events of the year is the Memorial Sebastián Almagro, held in Faasa, in Palma del Río, Córdoba. This year would be no exception, taking with my a brand new PilotRc 107” Extra, with an amazing spec and of course my trusted Jets Model Factory Ultimatun. In addition, for some added fun, I also had with me my PilotRc 92” Extra. This event, held at the Faasa Aerodrome, with an 800m long runway and no real obstacles to be seen is a truly amazing place to fly, especially when flying fast jets at low altitude. The crowd are also great, really getting involved in the flights making lots of noise and enticing the pilots to really push their abilities to the max. The show-stopper this year was without a doubt Victor Calvo’s +60kg F16. Few models have the size of this one, and even fewer have the flying style and realism that this one does. One of my favourite moments this year was actually after the show, when to my surprise I was allowed to hover (only hover!) inside the hangar, the rest you can see in the video!

Ascari Race Course – Ronda 2013

ASCARI RACE COURSE – RONDA 2013 A few days ago I was fortunate enough to visit the prestigious Ascari race circuit en Ronda, Malaga with my friends Javier Izquierdo and Emilio Cánovas. The Ascari course is the largest in Spain, it is unique in many aspects, such as its location, number of curves, lack of advertising and for being one of the few places you can drive a Formula 1 car. We where able to see a little of everything, with amazing cars such as the Ascari’s, Ferraris, or the most special of all, the Formula 1 car that Schumacher won his first ever world championship with back in 1994. As well as watching the cars we where able to go round in a Radical, an unforgettable experience, while Javier and I also flew from the main straight in front of the pitts area. Javier flew his newly built Avanti’s, while I took my Ultra-Flash and Extra 330SC. As was to be expected, my Ultra-Flash powered by a JetCat P140RX was by far the fastest on the day, and I believe to now have the reccord for highest top speed at Ascari! ASCARI RACE COURSE – RONDA 2013 Juntamos coches de Formula 1 y Ferraris con el aeromodelismo con Jets y Grandes Acrobaticos… El resultado es un espectacular día a toda velocidad en el Circuito Ascari en Ronda. Hace unos días tuve la suerte de asistir con mis amigos Javier Izquierdo y Emilio Cánovas al prestigioso Cricuito Ascari en Ronda, Malaga. El Circuito Ascari es el circuito mas grande de España, y único por su situación, ausencia de carteles publicitarios y uno de los pocos sitios donde puedes conducir un coche de Formula 1 En un día con un poco de todo, pudimos ver autenticas gozadas de coches como los propios Ascari, Ferrari, o el mas especial de todos, el coche de Formula 1 con el que ganó Schumacher su primer mundial en 1994. Nosotros ademas de ver los coches y montar en un Radical para dar unas vueltas al circuito, una experiencia inolvidable, Javier y yo volamos desde la recta en frente a la zona de boxes. Javier llevaba su recién estrenado Avanti’s mientras que yo llevaba el Ultra-Flash y mi Extra 330SC. Como era de esperar, mi UltraFlash con la JetCat P140RX fue con diferencia la cosa más rápida del día. Y gracias a ello, creo que puedo decir que tengo el record de velocidad punta en el circuito Ascari!

Walker Bay Radio Flyers – SOUTH AFRICA 2016

Walker Bay Radio Flyers - SOUTH AFRICA 2016 A brand new event in the calendar this year was the Walker Bay Radio Flyers Extravaganza, held close to Hermanus in South Africa. Along with Tony Tan from PilotRc, Tzu Chu Lin “Fergie” from GP Engines and the Reds Duo, Steve and Matt Bishop from the UK, we all travelled to a new continent for us. We were welcomed by Terry and Canzius, the two main organizers of the event, and who made us feel perfectly at home during the entire event. Tony had sent two Extra 330SC 107” models in the months before, for Fergie and I to fly, so upon arrival the first thing to do was get them all set up and running. Once we arrived on site, a very busy but welcoming group of flyers were there, putting the finishing touches on the preparations ready to start the show the next day. My test flight didn’t go as well as we would have liked, as seemingly I was provided with unmixed fuel, resulting in the brand new GP 123cc engine needing a complete overhaul after just half a flight. Fortunately we were able to bring the plane down without any significant damage and Fergie was able to get the engine back together and running in no time at all. During the show days there was off the peg flying for anyone who wanted to, with loose slots for the invited international pilots, with one of them flying roughly every 45 minutes. It was nice to see that the locals were not put off flying and they themselves put on a great show, especially Louie with both his large Pilot Decathlon or his very special one off Breitling Extra 330. During our acrobatic solo slots, Fergie and I both had great fun really pushing our Extras and each other to the limits. This was shown by some of the scratches on my Extra from scraping the tarmac, Fergie loosing half a wing in a way too low rolling harrier, or the fact that in consecutive flights we both managed to pull out elevator hinges after touching in knife edge! The Reds Duo, and the team around them made up of Tristen (now known as Bob), Terry and Mike, all did an outstanding job, utter professionalism on the flight line and successfully executing close formation flights upon demand, often bringing a tear to more than the odd spectator. In the evenings there were bands playing, loads of electric night flying, and myself flying a firework loaded 100cc Extra in complete darkness. Words can’t describe how well my night show went, the fireworks simply worked, on cue, every time and with spectacular results. All in all, a great show, shared with brilliant friends, both old and new, just a shame that it had to come to an end, although I am sure it won’t be the last time we hear of the event.

Lleida Air Show – Lleida 2016

Lleida Air Show – Lleida 2016 This year we had a new event in the calendar, the Lleida Air Show. The idea for the event was to group together some pilot frirends and have fun doing what we do best. With 30 to 35 pilots, and voluntary 5 minute slots everyone could fly as much or as little as they wanted. The Lleida club has a very nice runway, surprisingly wide or disproportionately short, at 130 or 140m its more tan enough to land any type of model in, but with tres on either side did require some extra attention when flying fast jets in low altitude. Marc Sánchez led the event and did a great job, with help from his father Xavi and flight director Ton Robinat who was also displaying his new line or wingbags at the event. I went with Vito and Mari from CentroRcLevante, flying my Extra 330Sc 92” and Ultimatun, with Vito flying his huge Piper, Extra and helis. A fun and relaxed event, all be it rather hot! Lleida Air Show – Lleida 2016 Este año hemos asistido a un evento nuevo del calendario, el Lleida Air Show. La idea era simplemente reunir a amigos pilotos para disfrutar de un fin de semana de vuelos, y así ha sido. Con unos 30-35 pilotos, y franjas de vuelo de 5 minutos todo el que quería volar, podía, y las veces que quisiera sin problema alguno. La pista del Club Aeromodelismo Lleida dispone de una pista muy ancha, pero no tan larga, tal vez unos 130 o 140m, más que suficiente para volar cualquier aeromodelo habitual, pero con arboles a ambos lados los modelos más rápidos necesitaban llevar cuidado con las pasadas especialmente bajas. Marc Sánchez dirigía el evento e hizo un trabajo estupendo, con la ayuda de su padre Xavi, y los jueces de pista que incluían a Ton Robinat quien además exponía su nueva gama de fundas. Yo asisté con Vito y Mari de CentroRcLevante con mi Extra 330SC 92” y mi UltimaTun, y Vito con su gran Piper, Extra y helis.

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. Gracias!!

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. Barcelona Air Meeting 2015