Weston Park - Inglaterra 2018 Weston Park – England 2018

Weston Park – England 2018 Weston Park is now an unmissable date on the calendar, each year the show gets bigger and better. This year I had a new Pilot-RC Extra 330LX to set up and fly following the previous misshap at the previous UK show in late 2017. Juan Antonio from MalagaJets also travelled by truck (18 wheeler!) to the event in order to have me fly his 3m and 4m Leonardo jets. This year the weather was a bit hit or miss but still had a blast as always with good friends and of course lovely Raquel Bellot, resulting in me spending more time than usual at the HeliFest side of the event as well as the Weston Park side. Bring on 2019 to go and do it all over again! Weston Park – Inglaterra 2018 Weston Park se ha convertido en una fecha imperdible del calendario, siendo mejor y más grande cada año. Este año tenía un nuevo Extra 330LX de Pilot-RC para programar ya que el anterior de UK no estaba para volar tras el incidente a finales de 2017. Juan Antonio de Malaga Jets también vino este año en un camión (18 ruedas!) con sus Leonardo, tanto el 3m como 3m. El tiempo este año estaba difícil pero aún lo pasamos en grande con amigos además de la experiencia de compartirlo  con Raquel Bellot, lo cual me llevó a pasar más tiempo del habitual en HeliFest. Que comience el cuenta-atrás para el 2019! Video:[gkit id=171]

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:[gkit id=174]

Curitiba y Joinville - BRASIL 2018 Curitiba & Joinville – BRASIL 2018

Curitiba & Joinville – BRASIL 2018 With thanks to Powerbox-Systems, I was invited to participate at the 33 Fesbraer event held at the great flying club in Gaspar. The planes flown were all thanks to Michel, owner of and who kindly lent me his Carf-Models J10, Edge 540 and Shockwave. While there, I was also asked to fly a few members models, including Skymaster Viperjets, Futura and others, often asked to set up some aspect of the model, as well as installing and explaining the iGyro to them. The field itself was great and one that mostly any modeler has seen in videos and photos, simply a great place to fly and have fun. For the last two days, once the main event was over, we travelled over to Joinville, to spend some time with Marco Camilloti at his field, Aero Circus.  Now this is the place that aeromodellers go when they die, it is truly paradise. Gaspar was already a great place to be and fly but this was truly on a different level to anything I had ever seen, check out the pictures for yourselves and see what I mean… Huge full size runway, massive hangar with models stored ready to go, along with large rest area, barbecue and my favorite, a pool table. Only one problem, and that was that we had to leave… Can’t wait to go back though! Curitiba y Joinville – BRASIL 2018 Gracias a Powerbox-Systems, fui invitado a participar en el evento 33 Fesbraer en el club de vuelo de Gaspar, Brasil. Los modelos que volé fueron gracias a Michel, dueño de la tienda quien me prestó su J10, Edge 540 y Shockwave todos de Carf-Models. Estando allí, además volé varios modelos de otros miembros, incluyendo Vipers de Skymaster, Futura y otros, habitualmente para ajuste o para instalar y probar el iGyro de Powerbox. El campo en si es uno de los mejores que se puede ver, y la mayoría de aeromodelistas lo hemos visto en fotos y videos por la red. Durante los últimos dos días, una vez finalizado el evento principal, pasamos a Joinville a pasar tiempo con Marco Camilloti en su club de vuelo, Aero Circus. Esto sólo se puede describir como el lugar donde vamos los aeromodelistas al morir, es verdaderamente el paraíso. Gaspar ya era un lugar increíble, pero este club en Joinville está totalmente en otro nivel, sólo tenéis que ver las fotos para entender lo que digo… Una pista enorme usado incluso para tripulado, hangar enorme con modelos guardados montados, zona de descanso, cocina, barbacoa y mi favorito, mesa de billar. Sólo había un problema, y es que había que volver… Pero ya tengo ganas de volver! Gaspar:[gkit id=169]

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:[gkit id=166]

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[gkit id=33]

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 [gkit id=32]

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 [gkit id=31]

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… [gkit id=30]

Jet Power – GERMANY 2017

Jet Power - GERMANY 2017 The worlds largest jet fair, with all the best brands and pilots. For this year it was also the chosen place to reveal the brand new Martin Pickering website, with flyers and cards handed out throughout the fair. On this occation I was not flying as the 19h drive each was not possible due to time retraints, however for the first time ever I was actually helping out on one of the stands, Electron Retracts. A great group of people with who I not only learned bundles over the weekend, but also had a truly great time and hope to get the chance to repeat the experience. Electron revealed their new electric piston, ideal for gear doors and with a crazy amount of torque. Based on initial reactions, this is going to be a very popular product. Probably the largest releases of the show was the first view of the Powerbox-Systems Core transmitter. Still quite a way from being the final product, first impressions are very good. With exception of those from Paritech (F22, TurboRaven or F16 to name just a few) the new planes at the show were huge! The 4m Leonardo stands out massively, built to an amazing standard and with brilliant flying characteristics. C&C brought out an 4m Mb339, Paritech showed their new XXXL Bae Hawk or the massive F104 by Airworld. All very exclusive (and expensive!) models. For more details on the show, and with exclusive interviews with Powerbox-Systems, JetCat and Electron Retracts among others, please view the video below: [gkit id=29]

Weston Park Airshow – UK – 2017

Weston Park Airshow - UK - 2017 Once again, I flew over to the Uk for the largest event in Europe, the Weston park Airshow. This time however I have retired my old Edge 540 and had a new PilotRc Extra 330SC 107” set up for England. The setup of which is as follows: -GP Engines 123cc + Mejzlik 27-12TH -MKS Servos Hv777 -Powerbox-Systems Mercury SRS -OptiPower 2S 3.500mAh -Futaba 6203 Rx Upon arrival, I was surprised to find that the model wasn't finished, so the first day was dedicated to building and tweaking. By the evening, it was ready for a first flight, run the engine in a little and perform some basic setup for the next day's show. Friday morning all looked good, and the weather and crowd was better than ever for the whole weekend. This year, for the first time Jase Dussia rocked up from the USA, performing amazing demos like always, with his own fast and aggressive, yet very low, style of flying. Not only that, but both he and his father John are such cool people to be around. A bit more cautiously than with my previous Edge, I was also able to get the new Extra through the hoop a number of times at the show, with the crowd erupting each and every time Rob Gardner also let me fly his models as he does every year, among them his UltraLightning, from which photos and video show just how good one of the knife edge passes was, with just a few inches clearance between grass and wing! Without a doubt one of my favourite passes of the weekend! [gkit id=27]