Big Boys and Their Toys - Flying Remote Controlled Models in Panama
Sunday, December 03 2006 @ 02:11 pm EST
Contributed by: Don Winner
I had never seen one of these turbine models flying before today and it's truely amazing. The engine sounds exactly like the real deal and you don't have to let your imagination slip too far to get fooled. There are all skill levels represented, and the "old guys" help the "new guys" with a buddy-box cable that allows someone who's learning to have some help in keeing their investment off of the pavement until they can handle it themselves. My dad has been flying radio controlled airplanes for years and I know there are a lot of people especially from the United States and Canada who are into this hobby. If that's the case, then you're going to love it here. David Chong, Henry Hutchinson and Adalberto Alguero were just featured on the cover of La Prensa's Mosaico magazine on November 12, 2006.
A high-tech scale model of a fighter jet: Doing a low-level high-speed pass in front of the guys with the cameras. You've got to see the video of this thing (send it to me, please.......)
And now, for the hairy part: This airplane represents a significant economic entertainment investment on the part of the owner and bringing it down for a landing is the touchy part and makes for some sweaty palms. This landing, by the way, was perfect.
Some of the guys in the club: Honestly, I was too busy trying to keep Rex the Wonder Dog from peeing on the batteries to get everyone's name. Adalberto Alguero is front row, center with the cammo hat. I met him yesterday at the hobby shop and he invited me out to watch them fly.
How Big's Your Plane? There are all kinds of airplanes out there flying, from brand new to relatively crusty but still perfectly functional.
Remote Controlled Helicopters: I didn't stick around long enough to see the helicopters flying.
Ultra-Lights and Parachutes: There are other guys out at Calzada Larga that fly various types of ultralight airplanes and homebuilts, and there's a parachute club as well. This guy was buzzing around on the other side of the field.
Getting Cold Up North: Winter's kicking in, snow is starting to fall, it's cold and nasty outside. Man, it really must suck not being able to fly your planes for about the next five months. What's a guy to do? (Hey Dad, click here...)