Wednesday, March 26, 2008

RC Flying in Dumaguete

RC modeling is well established in the Philippines. There is an annual competition called the PNATS, based in part on the U.S. AMA system, and the FAI (Fédération Aéronautique Internationale) rules. Predominantly Pattern flying, Helicopter flying and funfly events are held. This years competition will be held in Bacolod, Negros Oriental.

There are dedicated groups of flyers all around the Philippines with groups active in Luzon, Angeles City, Manila etc., plus in Dumaguete and Bacolod, Negros Oriental. Other flyers have fields and clubs scattered all over the Philippines. If your out there reading this let me know about your group.

Here are some photos of Harry Taylor's 1/3 scale Extra 300 on it's maiden flight in Dumaguete. Harry is a member of the Dumaguete Aeromodelers club, and competed in pattern aerobatics when living in the U.S. I happened to be there with a camera on the big day and captured these photos. This giant true to scale model of a full size aircraft, has a 100cc gas motor for power. It will go straight up out of sight, and is capable of every aerobatic maneuver it's big brother can perform.

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