Gore Model Aircraft Club member Daniel Munro will take on the best control line model aircraft pilots in the world in Landres, France next month.
Ranked number two in New Zealand in the aerobatics section of control line model aircraft flying, Mr Munro will be one of two to represent the country in the event at the world championships.
The aircraft he flies is not operated by remote control.
“The model is on steel lines .. they’re attached to a handle and I control the plane with that,” Mr Munro said.
The steel lines were slender – just 0.4ml thick – and were 20m long.
The plane travelled in circles 152cm off the ground at 80kmh, and could be moved either up or down.
“I’m spinning with it.”
He had seven minutes to complete 16 aerobatic manoeuvres.
“They’re mainly loop-based – loops and figure eights.
“There’s not a lot of margin for error.”
The weather could be a deciding factor in how well he went, because each pilot had an allotted time to fly regardless of the conditions.
“You don’t get to choose the weather at a competition.
“Flying accurate aerobics in wind and turbulence is very challenging.”
There were 95 competitors in his event.
“Being my first attempt, my goal is to make the top 40 or better.
“I think that’s a reasonably realistic expectation.”
Mr Munro built his own aircraft, and there was a lot of work involved in putting one together.
“By the time you start building to get the thing flying ready for a competition it would easily be 12 months of work.”
If the aircraft crashed it was usually beyond repair.
“I’ve crashed many in my time.”
He had been flying model aeroplanes for 25 years, since he was 7 years old.
“I’m a nutter about anything to do with aviation.”