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First R/C Aircraft Congress

A First Philippine R/C Aircraft Congress was held at the Angeles City Flying Club in Magalang, Pampanga last December 14 & 15, 2013. It was a very well-attended affair. Friendships were rekindled, and new aircraft models were seen.

R/C Congress flightline

R/C Congress flightline

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Water Flying!


A beautiful pattern plane on floats. It's an old design, but in good condition. Powered by .46 2-stroke.

A beautiful pattern plane on floats. It’s an old design, but in good condition. Powered by .46 2-stroke.

We, who have lost flying fields, are again energized. A large body of fresh water will do very nicely as a flying field. It takes a little effort to put a model on pontoons, and go out to fly. Read the rest of this entry »

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Asia Oceania Championships 2010

R/C pattern aircraft

Regional championships for aerobatic, radio-controlled model aircraft will be on September 19 to 26, 2010 at the old airport in Bacolod City, Philippines!

See the best radio controlled flying this side of the world!

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Watch world-class precision aerobatics in this official FAI competition.

Here’s a sampling of what you will see:

See you there!

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A Very Successful Scale Fly In and New Year’s Party at Baradas

Static model display during judging

Static model display during judging

Thank you, everybody who came and joined the Scale Fly-In and New Year’s Party of the BARCA (Baradas) Club! Those who couldn’t make it missed one of the best RC airplane events of the Philippines, ever. We counted over 60—yes, SIXTY, airplanes on the field, and over 30—THIRTY, airplanes that joined the scale contest. We haven’t seenthat many airplanes at any fly-in or competition ever! The enthusiasm of the modelers there was great.

The flying weather was cool, if a bit brisk, and a bit windy. At times it would blow a bit too strong for some of the models, but many modelers flew their airplanes successfully.

We had a few—very few, really—models that went into the trees, but from what we could see, not too badly damaged.

Results of the event:

  • 1st place military: P-51 Mustang, Gov. Jesus Typoco Jr.
  • 2nd place military: F-16, Toti Alberto
  • 3rd place military: C-130 Hercules, Mar Poblete
  • 1st place civilian: DC-3, Gov. Jesus Typoco Jr.
  • 2nd place civilian: Boeing 787, Robert Bunggo
  • 3rd place civilian: Twin Otter, Erwin Dematera
  • 1st place aerobatic: Wolf Samson, Paolo Primavera
  • 2nd place aerobatic: Super Stearman, Tasmi Datumanong
  • 3rd place aerobatic: CAP 232, Erwin Dematera
  • Military flight award: P-51 Mustang, Gov. Jesus Typoco Jr.
  • Civilian flight award: Boeing 787, Robert Bunggo
  • Aerobatic flight award: Wolf Samson, Paolo Primavera

We are seeing a number of “new” faces in the winners’ circle. We are also seeing more electric powered models (C-130, Boeing 787, Wolf Samson) successfully being able to win against nitro or gas powered jobs. And the 787 and Wolf Samson can also take to the air even in strong winds. Congratulations fellas! Good job.

While in 2009, we were seeing the “giant” scale models winning, this year we were seeing the “smaller” models taking the trophies. Perhaps the modeler-voters are being more discriminating? But we are in agreement with the choices made.

The next contest date (hopefully) will be Sunday, January 23, 2011. Also at Baradas. If we can get sponsors, we would like to offer more flight awards—up to 3rd place. Again, if we have the sponsorship, we could have prizes for documentation. The “people’s choice” type of balloting seems to work for the static judging, and we might do it as well for the flying. We might have to institute a time constraint (5 min) for engine starting on the flight awards. You are being informed now, so get your entries ready! See you there!

Gidget Montemayor and Maritess Villaruel did really great work on the tabulations and administration of the event. We are most grateful for their help and presence throughout the whole day. Thank you, thank you!

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The First Glider Flights in the Philippines

Sunday, December 13, 2009. A group of glider enthusiasts wrote a small piece of aviation history. Finally, after two years of preparation, we managed to launch two gliders with a winch for the first time in the Philippines.

First Glider Flight

Weather in Nampicuan was perfect. Crosswind, 10 kt, cumulus developing at around 10 am with 1650m cloud base.

Engineer Jonathan has prepared his self-made winch. Eric Monnier, glider pilot from France, working for Cebu Pacific came with friends from Manila. He was the winch operator. Dirk Verhaeren, Belgian glider pilot visited us from Manila with his girlfriend.

Walter Narath, glider flight instructor from the Alpine Gliding School in Unterwoessen, Germany, flew in from Germany the night before. Albert Mendoza, Filipino trike pilot and instructor joined with a friend.

I decided to test the winch with the single seater Ka-8  first. Eric on the winch did a perfect job. He towed me up to 260m, unexpected for the short runway. I managed to find good lift right from the start, 0,3 m/s first, developing up to 1.5 m/s. The first glider flight in the Philippines took 1 hour 40 min ! Comments from the ground “lunch is ready” were ignored. How could we get a better start? ! The first flight proves those wrong, who said, that gliding is not possible in this country. I know, there will be many great flights ahead of us.

The second pilot was Walter Narath. I operated the winch and he got up to 300m. Wind was getting stronger and it got more difficult to find thermals.

Later I tested the Ka-7 two seater glider. Eric, not sure about how heavy the glider is, towed it up with very good speed. It brought the glider up to 250m, also an unexpected good height for the airfield.

Many smiling faces

L-R: Eric Monnier, French glider pilot; Jonathan Tayamora, Engineer - constructor of the winch; Walter Narath, German glider pilot; Rolf & Sven Dunder; Joyce Yuen - Rolf's wife; Dirk Verhaeren, Belgian glider pilot

Overall a great achievement. We will now establish a regular gliding activity.

Whoever wants to join in, never hesitate to contact me.


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15th Strike Wing Family Day

Oh, the 15th strike wing celebration at Sangley was a blast for us R/C’ers.  We had so many planes to fly all day, and a great variety of them.  Unfortunately we had 3 bad crackups:  the very big Yak-54 of Toti Alberto, the F-16 of Andy Mendoza, and the small plane of Edmund Mendoza.  The engine of the Yak-54 quit during a hover, and the model flipped over and crashed on its nose.  The F-16 ran out of fuel on landing approach, (remember this is a jet turbine) flaming out over the water.  It was recovered, someone was able to dive and retrieve the engine.  The small trainer landed in a tree, but separated into parts.

The Yak can be repaired, the F-16 airframe is a total–the engine has to go back to the manufacturer, the little plane was repaired for flight for the next week, and was crashed, again.

But so many had great performances during that day.  To see planes do “impossible” stunts is always a treat.

See you again soon!

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Mactan Airport Anniversary

Greetings to all Aviators!

We continue to plan for the Static Display of Gen Av and Military Aircraft and Open House At Mactan Cebu International Airport on Dec 18-20. The 19th Anniversary Day is Friday, Dec 18.

Lt Gen Nat Legaspi, 2nd Air Div Commander paid me a visit at my office yesterday morning. He has given his full support to the project, in fact offering to open Mactan Air Base too to visitors, so entry via airport will not be too crowded. The Christmas Bazaar at the Base starts on Dec 16 at the Open Air Museum of the Base. He will spruce up/light up the C-123, F-86, UH-1H and the N22 Nomad displays there too. And he has volunteered to put up an Air Force night at the grandstand area in the evening of Saturday, Dec 19. and open to all particuipants.

The general apron assignment for the static display is General Aviation, at the South Ramp, adjacent to the Terminal Main Ramp, and the Military Aircraft at the Military Ramp. This way, the general public can view the Gen Av display, while witnessing Commercial Aviation operations, and then go farther away for the PAF and PN aircraft display.

There will be many Cessna 152s and 172s in different Flight School livery. PAF T-41s will come from Fernando Air Base, as well as the SF260MPs. Gen Legaspi assures the display of UH1H, N22 Nomad and even a C-130 from the Base. Strike Wing Aircraft may come from the deployed areas and will include the MD520MGs and the Turbo SF260s. We may have OV-10 Bronco too. We’ll see if an S-211 can join the Display. Nat Legaspi will ask the Navy for the BN Islanders. We may even get lucky to have a Presidential Bell212, if there’s a movement that time.

There will be a couple of Ultralights too from Mactan as well as an Amphibian. Aviatour will display their Twin Seneca as well and some Cessna 182s. We’re hoping for Civil Rotary Wing Aircraft too. We are requesting Aboitiz Executive Jet and another perhaps.

It will be great to time the probing flight of PAL’s first B777-300ER at that time too. (RP-C7777). If this will occurs, it will park at Bay 1, nearest the Gen Av display.. I have yet to re-connect with Cebu Aeromodellers Club (Attention Obi and Mel) and Tamiya, and we can use the MIP Lounge for such displays.

We need help on the Participants’ meetings/ socials, mini-summit. Have not yet worked with the Tourism Organizations and the Hotel and Resorts Association.

Gen Legaspi suggests and I agree that fly-in may start Thursday (DDay-1) Display starts Friday, Dec 19 and open for partipants and organizers and guests of Anniversary only. Opening to the Public will be Saturday and Sunday. And fly out on Monday.

Joy is also doing some planning there in Manila. Raul and Toto are helping out with Eme Magnaye of A-5, in finalizing PAF particpation. Too bad, Iren’s Alpha Jet is out.

Something has started small and we are growing. I had a Press Con for the airport a week ago and mentioned this event.