Joe Nall Week – USA 2017

Joe Nall Week - USA 2017 The Joe Nall week is one of the most recogniseable events in the world, mainly due to it being the largest event of its type. It has over 1.100 pilots registered and independant sites for drones, helicopters, electrics, float planes, control line, 3D and the main flight line. Held at Tripple Tree Aerodrome, you need a golf kart to get from one side of the event to the other. I travelled with the Powerbox-Systems team to fly (among other places) at the famous noon demos, one of the largest priveleges of the hobby- Due to the difficulty in shipping my plane, Chief Aircraft, PilotRc and Powerbox-Systems all worked together to build a new Extra 300Lx for me, just needing to add receivers and fly. It had all MKS 777Hv servos, Mercury Srs powerbox and it flew amazingly from the get go! I spent a lot of my time at the 3D line, where the level of flying was brilliant, and contrary to Europe the pilots are quite happy at flying up to five or six at a time. This was rather unusual to start with, but you soon get used to. I was also fortunate enough to be allowed a few solo slots to really show off and have fun in. As is traditional and almost obligatory, we took the plane to the lake and put the tail in the water to get the famous "I dunked at Nall" sticker. I decided that I wanted to be the first to do the dunk one handed, and with the help from the integrated iGyro in the Mercury srs I was able to release control of the stick with my right hand, with spectacular results as per the videos. By last thing on Friday, the increadible FPV pilot Mr Steele turned up, known for his amazing videos such as flying at Chernobil! Following being presented by my good friend Erwin, we worked together and pulled out 4 duo flights, over the lake, for some amazing and one off footage. The results of which are in the video below: All in all, the Joe Nall is an aeromodelling haven. There are all types of models and fun is guaranteed. I really appreciate all the support that I received over the weekend as well, from Powerbox-Systems for getting me there, to Chief Aircraft and PilotRc for the help with the plane. Especially to Dana, Brett and Steve for their hard work, and a special thank you to JD who helped out with my model all week, assuring batteries were charged, fuel was done, transporting the plane from one site to the other and generally everything that I could have ever needed. [gkit id=26]

Walker Bay Radio Flyers – SOUTH AFRICA 2017

Walker Bay Radio Flyers - SOUTH AFRICA 2017 This year I returned to South Africa to Walker Bay Radio Flyers, with thanks to The first half of the trip didn't go particularly to plan, with a number of models that I was going to be flying being grounded due to mechanical difficulties. However with the great energy of Terry from Terry’s Rc, Tony Tan from PilotRc, Peter from Pilot SA and the members of the club themselves, I had a long list of models available to fly. By Saturday afternoon, the bad luck was done with and was able to do some real flying, and have some proper fun. From the small DLG Elf (great fun competing and formating with Marc!) to the brilliant fun PilotRc Hamilton Edge. Some of the best fun was actually the impromptu climb and glide competition that mainly Marc and I had with the Pilot Trainers. We were also treated to Charles Steven’s World Record beating specially built 4 meter paper airplane, tested at the event and successfully flown on two occasions by Charles. Accompanied also by popular artist, singer and all round greatly enthusiastic guy Michael Ferguson with his song Paper plane backing the record attempt: [gkit id=25]

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. [gkit id=22]

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. [gkit id=21]

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![gkit id=20]

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! [gkit id=20]

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. [gkit id=18]

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. [gkit id=17]

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. Gracias!![gkit id=16]

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.