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Martin Pickering
The Pilot

AeromodellingModel flying is a huge hobby with complex and remarkable models which are far from the "small toys" people often think about when we first mention the hobby Once you get past the common misconception of store bought toys, you will be amazed at the size, variety and capability of these model aircraft. Personally I have flown huge models of up to 80% scale of the full size and my regular every day plane to fly measures in at just under 3 meters wingspan. Jets are capable of smashing 500km/h and no matter what the model, in the right hands can put on an amazing display. Capable of putting on an airshow and performing at times, locations and even performing manoeuvres that full size aircraft can't, the possibilities are limitless. BiographyI started flying in 2002 when I was 14 following my discovery of the hobby through a static display in my town. Contrary to most young people starting, I didn't have any aeromodellers in the family so had to learn as I went along. As I progressed, despite having all the moral support from my family, I have always had to decide for myself what models to buy, how to pay for them, and then build, setup, test, adjust and on more than one occasion, repair! Despite dedicating all my free time to the hobby, my passion for flight has always grown, from when I started and all I wanted was a large scale acrobatic plane, to today when I still love acrobatics of any type, especially when it is with large scale or jets. Having won a number of Spanish championships in large scale acrobatics, as well as a number of very favorable results around Europe I have ended up doing more show flying, now not only in Spain and Europe but all over the world in other continents. I am currently known for my own style of flying, usually combining any number of maneuvers together in a small space and time, in the case of acrobatic models being rather aggressive and daring, while with jets simply being very low and very fast! My overall style could probably simply be classed as “lower!” I also collaborate with most of the biggest brands in the business, with a number of products with my name on them and that without their support I couldn't continue doing what I am doing. Flying all over the worldFrom the end of 2015, and with huge support from my sponsors -especially Powerbox-Systems and PilotRc- I have gone from flying at numerous shows all over Europe, to travelling the world to the biggest and best airshows around, at some fascinating and exotic locations such as Abu-Dhabi, Beijing, Shanghai, India, Chile or SouthAfrica. All thanks to exhibitions, local celebrations or even events put on by government for national festivities. 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That means I have flown at an airshow in over 8.29% of the globe! Private airshows in priveliged locations or as guest of honourIn addition to flying at international airshows, I have flown in some rather unusual or particularly special locations and events. One of these would be flying at the Ascari race track in Ronda, the largest privately owned race track in the world, with access limited to just a select few. Another one of these cases was flying at the international airport opposite the Xtreme Air factory (where the famous Sbach 342 was built) when we had to wait for a Ryanair plane to land before being given the all clear for takeoff. Or perhaps flying at a national park in Tianjin, China to celebrate their independence, flying over water, through fountains and around trees and tents with large scale acrobats and jets. Due to my style of flying, I have also been invited to fly at events that usually I shouldn't be able to take part in. Having flown acrobatics at the 3D Helicopter World Championships, having a solo slot made for me at Jet Power, or even night flying a 100cc plane at 2am in Germany, something completely prohibited due to noise restrictions! Competition success at home and away Despite currently only flying exhibitions, I have also spent many years flying competitions, gaining dozens of podium wins both in Spain and internationally. #wpsm_progress_b_row_4523{ overflow:hidden; display:block; width:100%; border:0px solid #000; margin-bottom:20px; } #wpsm_progress_b_row_4523 .indCol{ padding-right: 15px; padding-left: 15px; } #wpsm_progress_b_row_4523 .wpsm_progress{ height: 5px; border-radius: 0; box-shadow: none; margin-bottom: 30px; overflow: visible; } #wpsm_progress_b_row_4523 .wpsm_progress .wpsm_progress-pro-bar { background: #e5e5e5; box-shadow: 0 1px 2px hsla(0, 0%, 0%, 0.1) inset; height:4px; margin-bottom: 20px; margin-top: 25px; position: relative; } #wpsm_progress_b_row_4523 .wpsm_progress .wpsm_progress-title{ font-size: 18px; font-weight: 300; font-family: Open Sans; color: #000000; position: relative; top: -28px; z-index: 1; } #wpsm_progress_b_row_4523 .wpsm_progress .wpsm_progress-value{ float: right; /*margin-top: -30px;*/ font-size: 18px; font-weight: 300; color: #ffffff; font-style: normal; } #wpsm_progress_b_row_4523 .wpsm_progress .wpsm_progress-bar { background-color: #ff3a3a; display: block; width: 0; height: 100%; position: absolute; top: 0; left: 0; transition: width 1s linear 0s; animation: animate-positive 2s; } #wpsm_progress_b_row_4523 .wpsm_progress .wpsm_progress-bar:before { content: ""; background-color: hsl(0, 0%, 100%); border-radius: 50%; width: 4px; height: 4px; position: absolute; right: 1px; top: 0; z-index: 1; } #wpsm_progress_b_row_4523 .wpsm_progress .wpsm_progress-bar:after { content: ""; width: 14px; height: 14px; background-color : #0a0a0a; border-radius: 50%; position: absolute; right: -4px; top: -5px; } @-webkit-keyframes animate-positive{ 0% { width: 0%; } } @keyframes animate-positive{ 0% { width: 0%; } } 4 Times Spanish Champion F3M/IMAC – Large scale acrobatics 100% 2 Times Runner up France Championships FXFC 50% Champion of Portugal F3S – Acrobatics with jets 65% Prize for best of show 40 aniversary Servo74 Alemania 85% International airshows in Dubai, China, Chile, South Africa, India… 100% And many more... 2002 2004 2005 2006 2007 – I 2007 – II 2008 2011 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2002 First contact with aeromodelling, at a static display in Torrevieja, Alicante, Spain 2004 First ever exhibition, at La Marina, Alicante, Spain 2005 First competition, Tabala Funfly(winner), Murcia, Spain 2006 First competition, Tabala Funfly(winner), Murcia, Spain 2007 – I First time Spanish Champion IMAC/F3M 2007 – II First ever IMAC/F3M win, Asturias, Spain 2008 Double Spanish Champion IMAC/F3M 2011 Triple Spanish Champion- SXFC 2013 Four Times Spanish Champion-SXFC 2014 First time shipping model to an airshow – Weston Park – UK 2015 First time outside Europe – Tianjin Airshow – China.With Poerbox – Systems 2016 Airshows In India, Chile, South Africa & China 2017 Airshows in Dubai, USA, Germany, South Africa, Tenerife, Uk and all over Spain 2018 Airshows in China, Brasil, Dubai, Poland, UK, Germany and all over Spain 2019 Airshows in Chile, USA, UK, Germany, Dubai, India and all over Spain Collaborations within the hobbyApart from the flying and the shows, I work closely with a number of brands to develop, test and promote a series of new products. Many of these you can find within my sponsors section. There will also be interesting updates to this area very soon. I also collaborate with the well known Spanish magazine Aerotec. For them I write about events, models and have even had a special edition published exclusively with my articles, called the Escuela de Acrobacia, by Martin Pickering (Acrobatic Flight School, by Martin Pickering) #wpsm_counter_b_row_4521 .wpsm_counterbox { text-align:center; margin-top:50px; margin-bottom:50px; } #wpsm_counter_b_row_4521 .wpsm_counterbox .wpsm_count-icon{ display:block; margin-top:20px; padding-top:0px; padding-bottom:0px; margin-bottom:0px; margin:0 auto; } #wpsm_counter_b_row_4521 .wpsm_counterbox .wpsm_count-icon i{ font-size:70px; color:#dd3333; } #wpsm_counter_b_row_4521 .wpsm_counterbox .wpsm_number{ font-size:40px; font-weight:400; color:#555555; font-family:'Open Sans'; letter-spacing:2px; margin-top:20px; line-height: 1.3em; padding-top:0px; padding-bottom:0px; margin-bottom:0px; } #wpsm_counter_b_row_4521 .wpsm_counterbox .wpsm_count-title{ font-size:18px; font-weight:bolder; font-family:'Open Sans'; letter-spacing:2px; color: #555555; font-weight:400; margin-top:20px; padding-top:0px; padding-bottom:0px; margin-bottom:0px; line-height: 1.3em; } #wpsm_counter_b_row_4521 { position:relative; width:100%; overflow:hidden; text-align:center; } #wpsm_counter_b_row_4521 .wpsm_row{ overflow:hidden; display:block; width:100%; } #wpsm_counter_b_row_4521 .wpsm_row{ overflow:visible; } #wpsm_counter_b_row_4521 .wpsm_counterbox .wpsm_count-title{ min-height:56px; }} 18 Countries 30 Champion 70 Podiums 5090000 Views

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