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22 WING SPAN MAY Young areomodellers fly high with control line! WE TALK TO SOME BUDDING WA-BASED CONTROL LINE AEROMODELLERS ABOUT HOW THEY ENJOY THE UNIQUE THRILLS OF THE SPORT It’s refreshing to learn in this age of digital distraction that the next generation of aeromodellers that take up our sport are as enthused about it as our seasoned flyers. It’s evenmore upliftingwhen those budding pilots are practicing the discipline of control line. Whenwe spoke to some youngWA-based aeromodellers about the attraction for this particular facet, it was the characteristic ‘hands-on’ appeal that was particularly alluring to them. Emily Parks is a very enthusiastic 12-year- oldmember of the two clubsmaking up the Perth-based WA Control Line Flyers’ Group . She first had a go at control linewhen shewas in Year 4 at school andhas been regularly practicing the discipline since Perth hosted theControl LineWorldChampionships in 2016, (notably the first to be held in the SouthernHemisphere). Alongwithher father KimParks, shenow actively helps to promote the sport to attract other potential pilots at ‘have a go’ day events. “Because you’re attached to themodel, you can feel it through the lines and it just does what youwant it to do – youhave complete control and feel like you’re practically sitting in the pilot’s seat,” said Emily. “When the youngermembers of the crowd visit these opendays, Daddy usually getsme up to demonstrate flying control line, which helps to showcase the sport to younger generations. “It’s all about being outdoors andnot just sitting inside at home looking at a computer gamemonitor. In fact, it’s a bit like an outdoor computer game. You can feel it and it’s actually happening. It’s not just watching something.” Over the last couple of years, Emily has experienced the highs of flying combat, including placing two years ina row in vintage combat. “Flying combat is actually quite funas it’s more precise. I never flewcombat untilmy first competitionand I never flew two-up before. So,my first ever two-upwas ina competition. Daddy had to helpme take- off to preventme fromdoing something dangerous or crashing,” she said. “Unfortunately, last year I was probably themaster of doing figure-of-nine’swith unsuccessful loops.” Emily is looking forward to flying F2Dmodels fittedwith cheap vintage/low-power engines for thenew local novice class ‘Fundamental Combat’, which the group is organising for their juniors and other newcomers later this year. Prouddad, Kimsaid the fundamental combat classwill cater to juniors andnovices with any 2.5 ccmodels towing a streamer on the same length lines. “It justmakes it a little easier andmore affordable for themto get into some combat fun,” he said. Emily is also enthusiastic about building control linemodels and admits it’s another part of the sport she finds fascinating. “The Vintage Combat wings I’mcurrently building are Anduril 69’s, whichwere designed in 1969 and are the type ofmodels used in vintage combat. They’re really good at flying. “We currently have Fora 15 Junior (2010), Supre Tiger G20/15D (1965) andG15G (1960), engines to put in the Andurils,” adds Kim. “We also had a couple of CSOliver Tigremk3 (1954) replicas but they recently died sowe hope to have a Profi K12/15 indue course [a Ukrianian replica of theOliver Tigre], thanks toMike Crossmanof TechnohobbyWest in theUK.” JakobMaeder, 11 is another active control line flyer who enthusiastically flies alongside his fellowWA Control Line pilots. Jakob flies a Titanof homebuilt design that is powered by an Enya 15 glowengine. Themodel was kindly provided by the TARMAC Club, which keeps anumber ofmodels on hand, allowing newenthusiastic flyers like Jakob to get started quickly. Jakobwas encouraged to get into the sport by his aeromodelling father Paul who took him along to the club and got himsignedup as a member. Jakob acknowledges the valuable help that KimParks has provided in getting himup and running. “He’s really good at encouragingme and passing on very helpful techniques related to basic landing and flying control,” Jakob said. “My observations are that Jakob is very enthusiastic and takes his skill development as a pilot very seriously,” adds Kim. Weather permitting, Jakob eagerly practices flying every Saturday andhas inhis own way, helped to publicise the thrills of the sport. Heundertook a school podcast at the very beginning of hismodel-flying journey, bringing inone of hismodel engines to talk anddemonstrate his aeromodelling enthusiasmin front of his classmates. “You can tell he loves it by the beaming smile of pride he shows at flying days,” Kimsaid.