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Helidatil – Alicante 2018

Helidatil – Alicante 2018 The closest event of the year! The Helidatil, organised by Centro Rc Levante as a helicopter and drone event, with the ocasional plane flight in between! The weather this year didn’t help with strong winds and a huge downpour on Saturday evening, cutting short any hopes of a night flight or two. Nevertheless, we had great fun and laughs with friends and will gladly do it all again next year! Helidatil – Alicante 2018 El evento más cercano del año! El Helidatil, organizado por Centro Rc Levante, un evento de helicopteros y drones con algún que otro vuelo de avión colado por medio! Este año el tiempo no acompañó, con mucho viento y un tormentón el Sabado el cual evitó que podamos realizar cualquier tipo de vuelo nocturno. Aún así, lo pasamos en grande con amigos y gustosamente repetiremos el año que viene! 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MEMORIAL SEBASTIÁN ALMAGRO – CÓRDOBA 2018

MEMORIAL SEBASTIÁN ALMAGRO – CÓRDOBA 2018 Without a doubt one of my favorite events ever, this year made even better with Raquel. Not much needs to be said about the Cordoba event, a huge runway, great friends and a big hangar. Heaven on earth for modelers. Just watch the video and see for yourself! MEMORIAL SEBASTIÁN ALMAGRO – CÓRDOBA 2018 Sin lugar a duda uno de mis eventos favoritos, este año aún mejor por la compañía de Raquel. Queda poco que decir del evento de Córdoba, una pista enorme con grandes amigos y un hangar para inmenso. Un lugar ideal para aeromodelistas. Ve el video y lo entenderás! Media:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D3DUYzd8X_s

Huetor Tajar - Granada 2018 Huetor Tajar – Granada 2018

Huetor Tajar – Granada 2018 I went to Huetor Tajar back in 2014 and had an absolute blast due to the small town local friendly atmosphere at the airfield, just guys wanting to fly and have fun. Unfortunately since then the event has always coincided with other events and it wasn’t until 2018 that I was able to return. Quite excited, Raquel and I set off for the show, looking forward to a repeat of my first experience at the location. On arrival the runway was as good as I remembered it, and they had even got rid of the trees at the end of the runway, so if anything it was even better. Sadly though, the wind had other plans for the weekend, and the two days were spent trying to get out of the cold, the wind, and the rain…  We still got some (windy) flying in, and had fun with friends, but still need to return and do it all again properly… Huetor Tajar – Granada 2018 En 2014 ya fui a Huetor Tajar y lo pasé genial, sobre todo por el ambiente de un pueblo pequeño y de gente que únicamente quería pasarlo bien. Desde entonces, las fechas del evento siempre han coincidido con otros eventos y no fue hasta este año 2018 que pude volver. Con ilusión por repetir la experiencia anterior, salimos Raquel y yo dirección Granada. Al llegar, la pista estaba igual de genial de lo que recordaba, y encima han quitado los árboles que había en cabecera de pista por lo que el lugar era aún mejor que antes. Pero por desgracia, el viento nos hizo una mala jugada y pasamos los dos días huyendo del frío, del viento y de la lluvia… Pudimos volar a ratos, si bien aún con viento, y lo pasamos bien con los amigos, pero habrá que volver para hacerlo todo de nuevo, pero bien hecho… Video:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YhxUjw0Qc8Y

Bellota Jet – Caceres 2018 Bellota Jet – Caceres 2018

Bellota Jet – Caceres 2018 There isn’t much I haven’t already said about the Bellota Jet, it is Spains largest event of the year and is normally where you will see everyone’s new models for the first time having spent all winter working on them ready for this first date in the calendar. This year it was Raquel Bellot and I who travelled to the show, with a little bit of everything! Acrobatic model, jet and even helicopters! An awesome event as always, where as well as flying the 4m Leonardo jet of Juan Antonio, I picked up the trophy for  Best Jet Flight. Bellota Jet – Caceres 2018 Del Bellota Jet queda ya poco más que decir, es el evento de referencia en España, el primero de la temporada, y donde habitualmente se ven todos los aviones nuevos y novedades en las que los pilotos y constructores han estado trabajando todo el invierno. Este año, fuimos Raquel Bellot y yo, con un poco de todo! Acrobático, Turbina, y Helicópteros! Un gran evento siempre, además de volar el Leonardo de 4m de Juan Antonio, y finalmente recibir el premio a Mejor Vuelo de Turbina del evento. Video:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_y7Dir6phQU

Belmez - Cordoba 2018 Belmez – Cordoba 2018

Martin Pickering | Belmez, Cordoba 2018 We were invited to Bélmez, Córdoba to an exhibition in a football field, arranged by Jose Ruano. On this occasion, I travelled with the Bellot family who picked me up on the way to the event. The welcome by the organizers was great. As for the field however, this was fine for the helicopters, but I had taken a 100cc Extra! Once put together, the field got smaller too, but knowing exactly how this plane fly’s, there was no turning back, and the result was spectacular, as you can see in the videos below. Other flights worth of mention were those by the great Lady 3D, Raquel Bellot with her Soxos 700 helicopter, or those of “El Pistolín” who has a unique and aggressive style. The weekend itself had quite a number of setbacks, and without getting into too much detail included car problems, temporary loss of materials or accidental damage to models after the show. Not to mention that I was full of cold and was far from my usual self, which also prevented me from taking as many photos or videos as I usually do. The result is that I only really have footage from those who I travelled to the show with… Sorry to everyone who attended, and I promise I will get you all in there next time! Sunday there wasn’t a show, so we walked up to the Bélmez castle, taking some very cool shots which you can see in the videos too! video

Fiesta de Loreto – Tenerife 2017

Fiesta de Loreto - Tenerife 2017 In 2011 I was invited to Tenerife for their Fiesta de Loreto festival, and I flew the planes of my good friend Gibson Lopez. This year, I was invited back for the show, coinciding with the year of the clubs 40th anniversary. Planning a bigger and better show than ever before, I was asked to ship my J10 to the island for the show. Upon arrival I was welcomed by the very friendly organizers, and after some good food and a nights sleep, we were off to the field to check on my J10 and get some flights done. The J10 had arrived in one piece and after a quick put together did some test flights, which despite the warm weather was still windy far from ideal for the lightweight jet. After this, I was asked to perform a few test flights on some of the club members turbine models, a task that I always enjoy doing and took up most of the day. Fine tuning two Skymaster twin turbine A10's, as well as setting up Powerbox iGyros on a Paritech Viper XXL and Bae Hawk, as well as some other minor details on other models. With everything ready for the big show, the night before (Friday) the club put on a gala dinner in Tenerife's capital city, with members enjoying the evening with family and friends until the early morning. Due to the big party the night before, the event started mid morning on Saturday, with a non stop showline of flying, mostly jets, with some helicopters, prop planes and even fireworks thrown in for fun! By mid-day, the weather turned against us and started raining, dispersing the crowds, just as the huge hog roast was served up for lunch. Unfortunately the weather didnt improve much from then on, and no more flying was done, until the Sunday, when just a few members got together to do some more flying, and continue testing their models. A great event, and my video doesnt really do it justice, but I had a great time great people, and cant wait to go back! Fiesta de Loreto – Tenerife

Salobreña – Granada 2017

Salobreña - Granada 2017 Joined by Vito from Centro Rc Levante, we headed off to the Club Rc Tropical in Salobreña, with the promise of a fun and relaxed weekend flying day, night and any time we wanted. We arrived Friday evening in the dark and pitched our tent and enjoyed a good BBQ. The following morning, we were a little surprised to find that the (not so long!) runway was surrounded by high shrubs as well as being inside a slight bowl, surrounded by power lines and even with its own mini river running along side the runway! Despite first impressions, the weekend went well with no problems in getting in or out of the site (even if I didn't have a great start to the weekend, having left the screws for my Pilot-Rc Extra back at home!) Additionally to the flights on my model (once appropriate screws had been found, thanks Micky!) the show was also the chosen location for the launch of Malaga Jets, a new shop and now dealer to Spain for Redwings Rc, producers of the Leonardo range of jets. With both an example of their 3m version and also the huge 4m version, I had a fun weekend setting up and fine tuning both models. Upon flying the larger of the two, aside from being astounded how well it flew (I want one!), after landing the club members came to congratulate me on being the fist person to fly a jet at the club! They really could have said that before taking to the air though, I may have re-measured the runway as it sure was tight! On Saturday evening, after another BBQ and the typical "I dare you to..." I also ended up flying my Extra in full darkness, only illuminated by two cars headlights! (as my plane lights were sitting in my workshop at home, along with the screws!) Forgetfulness aside, and despite the slightly uncomfortable flying site, we had a good time and got some good flying done with friends.Salobreña

Memorial Sebastian Almagro – Córdoba 2017

Memorial Sebastian Almagro - Córdoba 2017 Memorial Sebastián Almagro, the best show in Spain. This being the seventh edition of the event, held at the Faasa aerodrome at Palma del Rio, Córdoba. Like every year, we were made to feel at home. The weather was unbeatable, being lovely and warm while almost perfectly calm all weekend. Stars of the show this year were the British Reds Duo, flying identical Bae Hawks by Tomahawk Design, in perfect formation with very little distance between them. Sadly, they were the center of attention both for the great formation flying, and also for being so close that on one of the cross overs they found each other head on, resulting in the loss of both models. This year we also had the Spanish Air Force model división with us, with some great scale models. I took a whole arsenal of models, to start with I had with me two (yes two!) Extra 330Sc 107” from PilotRc (one for daytime flying and one for night flying loaded with lights and pyro). As far as jets, I also had my brilliand Composite Arf J10 and my now classic Ultimatun for high speed flying with Raúl Lozano. As always, the big boys had big toys, such as Victor Calvo and Jesús Bagüés with their huge F16 and L39 respectively. It is an event that you need to be there to see everything, however below you can see some of the best photos from the show and my video review. Next year, do as the English have started doing, take some time off and come see the show for yourself to understand the fun, the food and the great company…

Bellota Jet – Cáceres 2017

Bellota Jet - Cáceres 2017 The Bellota Jet is usually the first event of the Spanish calendar, as well as being without a doubt one of the largest events in our country. Having had all winter to prepare new models, you are guaranteed to find something new, and this year it was my turn. It was the first outing for my Composite-Arf J10 3D jet. With well over a hundred pilots, we were blessed with great weather allowing everyone to fly a number of times each day. Unusually, the wind also played ball and didn't really affect flights as it has done previously. Models are really getting bigger and bigger, with some huge planes on site such as Javier Palacio’s Tomahawk Bae Hawk 100, the twin Airworld F104 Starfighters and the Mibo A10 of Jesús Bagüés becoming the norm. I took my three best models of the moment, the fully 3d capable vector jet the J10, my awesome new Pilotrc 107” Extra 330Sc and my now well known Jets Model Factory Ultimatun, with which I was fortunate enough to receive best of show with, alongside teammate Raúl Lozano for our high speed, aggressive “formation” flying.

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!