WHY NOT FLY FROM WATER?

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.

Retriever boat in action

Retriever boat in action

(There is a formula to do this, and I’ll attach some plans to this article)

You will need a retriever boat, but that is a small extra.

Just think—your flying field will rarely be taken over by greedy real estate developers—unlike the fields we lost!

We had not been flying from water for a long time, and getting back to it was again exciting. The takeoffs and landings on water are quite a thrill in themselves. It is different than flying from land.

This is the event we participated in -- it was a good success, and there will be another one next year!

This is the event we participated in — it was a good success, and there will be another one next year!

There are a number of freshwater lakes in the Philippines so we will always (or should always) have places to fly. Even if the population explodes and land space is at a premium, we can — hopefully — still fly from fresh water.

We stress fresh water because flying from sea water is a no‐no. Salt water will instantly corrode your electronics, and will make your flying art objects into static junk.

DO NOT FLY FROM SEA WATER!!! ONLY FLY FROM FRESH WATER!!

The event was the Tanauan Sailing and Music Festival in February 22, 2014. Floatplane flying started in the morning, and the day saw a number of R/C airplane clubs come together to organize a successful outing.

In the afternoon, we went back to our regular airstrip. We had a nice time.

If you want to find out more about making floats, go to:
http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:http://www.rcmplans.com/issues/requested/content/colum
ns/r‐cl‐cun‐071991‐1.html

Enjoy!

Words by obi mapua. Photos by Albert Roa/Jake Roa

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Edward Virgo’s YAK-55 in a low pass. Good flyer.

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The R/C aircraft were put on display and drew quite a crowd. The entire event was well-attended

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The energetic emcee, “Love” Marudo keeps the program flowing. Also in the picture are Doc Estrada (in stripes) and Erwin Dematera

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R/C pilots do their stuff at water’s edge.

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Elvic Miranda wows them with helicopter stunts

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It really flies, takes off, and lands very well!

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Mosquito: 15 cu.in. engine and floats

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Busy flightline. Some modellers are flying, one is flying while annotating, and the next performer is being prepped behind them.

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CORIXA flying boat off to a (later unsuccessful) takeoff.

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R/C trainer on floats. Beautiful flyer.

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Pao Montemayor’s CORIXA coming in for a touch-and-go

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ICON flying boat

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Jimbo Sison and Erwin Dematera. Two tireless announcers; two good R/C airplane pilots.

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BARCA stalwarts — (L-R) Ricky Caguiat, Obi Mapua, Monch Hermoso, and Matt Tuazon — all grim faced. Wonder what went wrong on the water?

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Quadcopter taking pictures. This is now a familiar equipment for photographers.

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Erwin Dematera (left) and Erwin Guinto (right) put in Dematera’s giant Piper Cub in the water. Sadly, this plane could not take off because of wheel drag. The landing wheels were still attached. Lesson learned.

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Pao Montemayor explaining the controls of his Catalina twin flying boat to the Media. The event was covered by a major TV station.

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Pao’s Catalina flying. This electric flying boat takes off, flies, and lands very well.

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R/C cannon‐boat. Fires plastic BB pellets.

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Who says float‐equipped pattern planes can’t stunt? This model does, and very well. Interesting fin and rudder layout. The sportsman pattern sequence should be no problem for this model.

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Cessna 172 demolished on takeoff. No fatalities, but pilot and copilot injured.

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Liner in pattern practice

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Dave Barradas teaching Brutus how to fly.

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John Frederick bringing Edward’s YAK back to starting line.

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Revived! Jake Roa’s SU‐29 back in action.