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! 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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.

Weston Park in the Dark – UK 2015

Weston Park in the Dark – UK 2015 For the second time this year, I travelled to the UK for the great airshow that is Weston Park. This time however for the night show version! Despite it being a night show lasting approximately three hours as soon as it gets dark, as with the daytime version we made the most of it with a load of “practice” during the hours of daylight as well! The amount of pyros and explosions where incredible, much more than during the day show. With the planes loaded with pyros and lights it was not for the faint hearted. From the most simple setups to mind boggling 84 channel multicolour setups and everything in between. During the day I was fortunate enough to go up in a full size Fox glider that was to participate in the show that evening. The feeling of flying without an engine is really something that you need to experience for yourself, add to this a camera plane flying very very close to the side with one in front towing, plust some “G” forces make for some great memories. Weston Park in the Dark – UK 2015 Por segunda vez este año, vuelvo a UK para el gran festival aereo que es Weston Park, esta vez para su edición Nocturna! Se trata de un espectáculo de unas 3h que comienza cuando se hace de noche, aunque cómo no, aprovechamos para volar durante todo el día tambien. La cantidad de pirotecnia y explosiones es increible, mucho mas que cualquier año nuevo. Con aviones cargados de cartuchos de pólvora iluminados con sistemas desde lo más sencillo hasta lo más complejo recomiendo a cualquiera que pueda que vaya y lo vea. Durante el día tuve la suerte de poder subir en el Fox tripulado que participa en el evento, cosa que para mi personalmente fue de lo mejor del evento. La sensación de volar sin motor y haciendo acrobacia es una cosa que hay que sentir en tus propias carnes. Añadir a esto un avión a escasos metros nuestra grabando a la vez que otro más delante nos remolca y la sensación es inolvidable.

Anji, Shanghai – CHINA 2015

Anji, Shanghai – CHINA 2015 Back in Asia with Powerbox-Systems, this time in Anji, close to Shanghai for a huge UAV show/competition As our models did not arrive in time, still being stuck in Beijing from a few weeks ago, Tony from Pilot-RC came good and was able to provide some of his great planes to fly at the event. The planes that we had available to us, both Alex Baltzer and I, where the new 91″ Extra 330SC, the jet Dolphin and to HotDogs by DS-Jets, cool! The weather wasnt great, but even so we where able to fly all four days as planned. Having said that, we didnt see the sun on any of the four days. The runway was unusual, it was very long, tarmac, but also relatively narrow and with a wall running the whole length. Not a problem for the small drones, or even really for the solo demos that we made, but a huge risk for the Horizon Hobby team flying their large F86 in formation! During the drone part of the show we saw all kinds of UAV’s in such a variety of shapes and sizes, including some rather unusual shapes, all too many of them being innovative but not very functional… Anji, Shanghai – CHINA 2015 De nuevo por tierras Asiáticas con Powerbox-Systems, esta vez por Anji, cerca de Shanghai para un evento incluido dentro de una feria de UAV.Como mis aviones no llegaron a tiempo, al igual que la de todos que estuvimos en Pekin, he tenido la suerte de que Tony de Pilot-Rc mandase unos aviones suyos para que pueda volar.Los aviones que teníamos a nuestra disposición, tanto Alex Baltzer como yo, eran el nuevo Extra 330SC 91″ d Pilot-RC, el Dolphin de turbina de la misma casa y dos HotDog de DS-Jets. El tiempo no acompañó demasiado, pero aún así se pudo volar los cuatro días que habían planificados, aunque es cierto que no vimos el sol en ninguno de los cuatro días. La pista era peculiar, en el sentido de que era muy larga, pero justo enfrente habian instalado un muro publicitario que llegaba todo lo largo de la pista, y a tan solo unos 15-20m desde el puesto de pilotaje. No tanto un problema para los vuelos individuales, pero un riesgo añadido para el Horizon Hobby team que volaban sus F86 en formación! Durante el evento pudimos ver UAV de todos los tamaños, y con algunas ideas más que novedosas (aunque sobre todo bastante inutiles!)