Pre­pare to soar

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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

Pictures: ASAA 2016

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.

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