The first weekend of May, the skies will be alive with planes, when Tin Can Bay Model Flying Club host their annual Warbirds events.
Club member, Nic Case says there are early starts Saturday, May 2, and Sunday, May 3.
“Expect a few jets to put on a good show. Many dedicated enthusiasts build their aircraft from plans taken from original aircraft, and there will be a few making their debut at Tin Can Bay.”
“Sunday will wind up early afternoon to allow those that travel from as far away as Gladstone, Toowoomba and the Gold Coast to get away.”
After decades of lobbying, aeromodelling has just been recognised as a sport. It is an exciting change for the 32 local members and other enthusiasts nationally.
It means the Model Aeronautical Association of Australia will be eligible for government grants and other benefits.
Nic says, “Learning to fly is an exhilarating experience. That first take-off and landing is something no one forgets as a real achievement is made.
“Learning to fly is easy for some and others take a long time to develop the hand-eye coordination required. Youngsters seem to pick up the skills in no time. Like all other sports, the more you practice the better you get.
“How far you want to progress is up to the individual. Some people have a need for speed and move towards pylon racing and jets. Others want to develop precision skills and fly pattern planes. Most however are just happy to fly around punching holes in the air and land safely.”
The group expect about 60 to 70 pilots and over 100 planes. Look for the signs as you approach Tin Can Bay.
There is a full canteen operating – morning tea, burgers, sausages, hot chips. It is a great day out for families – entry is a gold coin donation at the gate.