Model planes fly in

Jonathan Ward, of Ashburton, and his dream model aeroplane; a powerful Timber 110,

Jonathan Ward got his model Timber 110 aircraft airborne at the weekend as part of the Ashburton Model Aero Club’s annual fly-in event.

It was held at Harris Scientific Reserve, on Lovetts Road, in Tinwald.

The two-day event, over Saturday and Sunday, saw around 16 Model Flying New Zealand members from Christchurch, Ashburton, Timaru and Dunedin attend with at least three remote controlled jets on site and many WWII model aircraft.

Mr Ward, of Ashburton, has owned the model aeroplane for three months. He bought it as a kit set and it’s fast turning into his dream model.

He liked its short take-off and landing ability. It was like a sport plane performer with the versatility of a Canadian bush plane.

It has a 55cc gas engine. Travels around 150km/hr and had around a 20-minute flying time per tank of gas.

“It does everything and has heaps of power,” he said.

The distance it could travel was only limited by the eyesight of the controller.

Mr Ward has owned a few models over the years since getting hooked as a youngster some 30-odd years ago. Among his collection now includes the Timber 110, a glider and a turbine jet.

Lyndon Dellow, 11, of Timaru, with his Tundra model aeroplane at the Ashburton Model Aero Club?s annual fly-in event at Harris Scientific Reserve, in Tinwald, near Ashburton.

The youngest flyer at the event on Saturday was 11-year-old Lyndon Dellow, of Timaru, who was flying a Tundra aircraft he has owned for the past nine months. He has been an avid model flyer for the past two and a half years after getting introduced to the hobby by an elder family member.

The Tundra – which also has short take off and landing ability – was Lyndon’s first model aeroplane, but likely not his last as he enjoyed flying different model planes and performing controlled movements in the air.

By Toni Williams