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Some of Aus­tralia’s best ra­dio-con­trolled pi­lots put their skills on show above Wag­ing Air­field at the week­end, with more thanh 1500 spec­ta­tors watch­ing on. Among theh pi­lots was Aaron Garle.

The gen­eros­ity to­wards the RFDS and what it does for the com­mu­nity is tremen­dous. Peter Bryner

Wa­gin Air­field lit up last week­end with re­mote-con­trolled planes tak­ing to the sky for the 2017 Aus­tralian Scale Aer­o­bat­ics As­so­ci­a­tion Na­tional Championships.

From Fri­day to Sun­day, 500 spec­ta­tors walked through the gates of Wa­gin Air­field to wit­ness the ac­tion of some of the best ra­dio-con­trolled air­craft pi­lots show­ing off their skills.

Ja­pan’s Inoue Ju­nichi, who was spon­sored by the Shire of Wa­gin to at­tend, won the freestyle event with his spec­tac­u­lar per­for­mance leav­ing the au­di­ence stunned.

Mark Eas­ton from WA won the pre­ci­sion part of the com­pe­ti­tion at the Un­lim­ited Class for the sec­ond year run­ning.

Queens­lan­der Aaron Garle placed sec­ond with his freestyle skills, and the ASAA awarded him the 2017 Pi­lot of the Year for his aer­o­batic per­for­mance and con­tri­bu­tions over the year.

He is men­tor­ing sev­eral younger pi­lots, who also per­formed at the com­pe­ti­tion.

“It was a re­ally great at­mos­phere, quite laid back for our na­tional championships,” Mr Garle said.

“It was a lit­tle bit on the cold side. We could no­tice it in the air with our air­craft, it per­forms slightly dif­fer­ent in cold weather but, all up, it has been great.”

Mr Garle and Mr Eas­ton are now both pre­par­ing to rep­re­sent Aus­tralia at the next world cham­pi­onship event, to be held in the US.

Event direc­tor and sec­re­tary for Scale Aer­o­bat­ics Western Aus­tralia, Peter Bryner, said spec­ta­tors came from Al­bany, Mar­garet River, Perth and Ger­ald­ton.

“Many of the lo­cals came, hear­ing the sound of aero­planes at the air­field, which is only 2km from the cen­tre of Wa­gin,” he said.

More than $1200 was raised in do­na­tions for the Royal Fly­ing Doc­tor Ser­vice and more than 200 balsa wood chuck glid­ers were handed out to chil­dren at the event.

“The gen­eros­ity to­wards the RFDS and what it does for the com­mu­nity is tremen­dous,” Mr Bryner said.

He said the Shire of Wa­gin had en­cour­aged the as­so­ci­a­tion to make use of its air­field.

“Re­mote-con­trolled model air­craft and drones are usu­ally pro­hib­ited within 5.5km of a full-size air­field,” he said.

“We’ve had a lot of as­sis­tance in get­ting this event or­gan­ised, from Civil Avi­a­tion Safety Au­thor­ity ap­proval to Shire sup­port and gen­er­ous fund­ing from the State Gov­ern­ment.”

Aaron Garle and his re­mote-con­trolled air­craft.

Some of the re­mote-con­trolled planes lined up at Wa­gin Air­field.

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