Prepare to soar
Some of Australia’s best radio-control pilots and three world-class competitors will gather at Wagin Airfield for three days for the Australian Scale Aerobatics Association National Championships this weekend.
From Friday to Sunday, members of the public are welcome to watch breathtaking freestyle routines by some of the best radio-control pilots showing off the extremes of aerobatic manoeuvres.
Event director and secretary for Scale Aerobatics Western Australia Peter Bryner said people could expect a spectacular show.
“The most exciting part will be the freestyle event, where pilots will be showing off their skills in a technical sense as well as an artistic sense,” he said.
“They’ll be flying routines often choreographed to music with smokes on.
“They usually fly low and dangerous, but we try to keep everything as safe as possible.”
Australian world-class competitors Mark Easton and Aaron Garle, and Japan’s Inoue Junichi will be attending the much-anticipated event.
WA’s Easton, nicknamed Supercoach, is the defending ASAA Unlimited Class champion and he is also preparing to represent Australia at the next World Championship event in the US.
Queenslander Garle will also be showing off his skills as a three-time ASAA Unlimited Class Champion. Shire of Wagin chief executive Peter Webster said he was excited and pleased Wagin had been chosen to host this year’s event. “I believe the community will benefit from being able to witness these sorts of planes flying around — there is a bit more freedom here to make them work,” he said. Mr Bryner said the Shire of Wagin had been chosen for its open airfield and its hospitality.
“The Wagin Shire have helped us a tremendous amount in putting this event together,” he said.
Gold coin donations will be collected on the day
The 2016 National Championships held at Cootamundra NSW
Sjanna Sandalova A plane at the 2016 National Championships held at Cootamundra, NSW.
The public is set to see breathtaking freestyle routines.
Radio-control pilots will show off their skills.