Aero modellers travel across southeast to Kingaroy fly-in
EYES were fixed on the sky at this year's Kingaroy Aero Modellers Society fly-in day.
Club president John Box, who is also the secretary and safety officer, said he was blown away by the weekend's turnout.
"We call this event a fly-in and we've had people from all over Southeast Queensland travel to be here today," Mr Box said.
"We've had people here camping all around the flying area too.
"It's really just been a general get-together of keen aero modellers - a good chance for our community to meet up with others who are passionate about them too."
Mr Box said more than 100 people checked out the Kingaroy event throughout the weekend.
The club also invited the antique model car club to join them.
Mr Box first became interested in aero modelling when he was a teenager.
"Back when I was only 13 I started becoming interested," he said.
"That was flying what we called control line planes.
"We'd fly them around and around in a circle with two wires on the plane.
"Then after that when I was in Murgon I got into radio-control planes. Then I had about a 30 year break."
Mr Box has since become involved again, and hasn't looked back.
"The radio control stuff is now very controllable and not as expensive as it used to be," he said.
"It's much more realistic to take up as a hobby these days."
He said the easiest and cheapest way to get started was through a flying simulator.
"This way you wouldn't be crashing any expensive models," Mr Box said.
"We also have a trainer in our club, Dennis, he's pretty good.
"Then we have a buddy system with Dennis. He flies the plane and the learner can give it a go, too.
"But then he can take over by turning his control on to prevent it from crashing."
Mr Box said the most important part was having fun.
"That's what we're all doing here today," he said.
"Getting together as a community with mates to do what we love and fly planes."