Model planes take to skies

00:01, Feb 11 2013
Kapiti model plane
Acrobatics: Aeromodellers will show off their aircraft next month in Queen Elizabeth Park.

The Kapiti Aeromodellers Club stages its annual rally at Queen Elizabeth Park on March 9 and 10.

About 100 model planes and helicopters are expected to be at the event, with 50-60 local members hoped to turn out.

Club secretary Dave Marriott said the event gets a good turnout because of the quality of the location, and because it is on a national circuit of fun flying days.

Model jet aeroplanes will be among those taking part, while a new "first person view" technology could also be in use.

"Model planes usually have a range which is further than you can actually see," he said.

"These mean you can see through some goggles, which pick up a camera stream from the plane. In theory, you can fly it over a 20 or 30 kilometre range."

The event is open to the public, although the mown airstrip is tightly marshalled for safety reasons.

Flying will be run from 9am until 5pm both days of the event, weather permitting.

More information can be found at kapitimodelflyers. org.nz.

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