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Key RC help & promotion :-
- CML Distribution – Savox servos and EDF aircraft
- MVVS Engines (Czech Republic) – Large scale petrol engines
I love a whole range of different CML products. CML distribute many varied and interesting RC products, models, equipment and tools.
For me, the Savox servo range has got to be my all time favourite. There are servos for all occasions and for every type of model imaginable. I can’t wait to see their latest high voltage digital servos. These will be brilliant in large scale models where power, reliability and performance are paramount. With the increasingly common and widespread use of lipo batteries in large models, these servos will cut out the need for voltage regulators if you are using them in partnership with high voltage capable receivers. The benefit will be scintillating power and performance.
I also love many of the electric ducted fan jets in CML’s range. So far my favourite is the 70mm fan F18 Hornet, but I like my 70mm fan F4 Phantom as well.
I have been interested in aeroplanes all my life. Some of my earliest memories are my excitement at watching Blackburn Buccaneers flying over Luce Bay from West Freugh.
All I ever wanted to do as a child was to grow up to be a pilot.
At age 11 I received the devastating news that I was red/ green colourblind , my world literally fell apart from that moment on.
RC was my next available route to flight and so began a life long fascination and enjoyment of flying models of every genre and era!
I taught myself to fly on a 2 channel Veron Impala glider. (That was after years of building and flying free flight rubber powered models and control liners.)
I moved on to a second hand Keilkraft Super Sixty with an old Merco 35 and my first multi channel radio, a Digimac 4.
From there I leapt on to a Cambrian Funfighter Spitfire with an Irvine 20, quite a jump from the Super Sixty! boy did I have a tiger by the tail!
My favourite model from that era was my Crescent Bullet 40 sized pattern ship.
As time moved on there were periods where I didn’t fly much due to college, Uni, getting married, windsurfing, etc etc!
As the ARTF era came about in the 90’s I dived straight in with a series of different models and engines. My flying developed and I became an SAA Examiner and took my first tentative steps flying at The Scottish Model Airshow.
As I gained in experience, I flew aerobatic models and them had a period where I focused mainly on first i.c powered ducted fan jets before moving on to turbine powered jets. I still love jets and currently have a RAM 750 HP turbine in a composite Kangaroo, one of the “original” sport jets. It is as good today s it ever was!
I had a brief flurry into scale jets and found that the return in terms of flying time was not as good as I’d like it to be.
Over the last few years I’ve focused a lot on developing my 3D flying and more recently my Freestyle flying.
My most recent aircraft reflect this trend. I also discover to my surprise that I’m moving away from glow powered aeroplanes to exclusively electric power for my smaller (up to .50 size) models and petrol power for my 50cc and up models.
I currently fly a number of electric EDF and 3D models, a 50cc Pilot Extra 300, an MVVS 80 powered Sukhoi and my current project is an MVVS 116cc powered large scale aerobatic biplane called “The Beast” It is a 89” span Pitts 12.
I very much hope to continue my association with CML and would love to help more with product feedback / development as well as continuing to help promote the wide range of CML products in any way I can. I’m interested in electric flight and electric flight products and accessories as wel as all my large scale aerobatic planes.
I would like the opportunity to share my wide range of experience in this marvellous hobby with others. In my club, I enjoy helping with training new members and get a tremendous sense of satisfaction at seeing new pilots take to the sky and go on to maintain their participation in the hobby.
Top Tip - Make up your own mind where you want to go and what you want to do in the hobby and don’t settle for second best with equipment, materials etc. Always ask for help from people who genuinely know what they are talking about and not everyone with an opinion!
Don’t be afraid to be different from the crowd, but in a good way…push your comfort zone and continue learning from people with proven skill and ability.
Pilot – Oliver Staples
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My name is Oliver Staples, but I am often known to my family as ‘Oliver Stop-it’ due to a tendency from an early age to tinker, twiddle, meddle, twist, turn and press anything within my reach. Who would have thought that perfecting this ability would enable me to compete against some of the world’s most talented RC pilots?
I am currently a sixth form student studying A-levels in Maths, Physics, History and Computer Studies. My ultimate goal is to pursue a career in computer programming, an area which I am particularly interested.
Alongside my studies I am lucky enough to balance my hobby of model flying. As a result of an inherent interest in aeroplanes and anything associated with flying, I began to develop my RC model flying skills in 2001 at the age of 8. This was sparked off by a visit to a local model flying club, which ignited an unstoppable passion for anything RC.
A surprise Christmas present in the form of an Irvine Tutor 40 signalled my way into the hobby. After much practice, I achieved my A certificate in June 2002, which was swiftly followed by my B certificate.
The next stage of my development as an aero modeller came through my discovery of the shock-flier, another cherished Christmas present. After months of relentless practice, I saw great improvement in confidence and my skills in performing more complex 3D manoeuvres. These foam models have been an invaluable tool in expanding and building on my existing skills as a RC pilot.
More recently whilst visiting the Nationals Showline in 2005 I could see large scale aircraft competing on the far side of the airfield. After research into the area of scale aerobatics, I discovered IMAC and the dream of competing became a reality in 2006.
At this point, I was flying a 72” Extra 300 with an MVVS 1.60 petrol engine this was my first ‘big’ plane which performed extremely well. Shortly after the maiden flight, a square loop broke the wing clean in two and as a result I was forced to compete unofficially at my very first IMAC competition in Rhyl with a Weston UK Groove. I was aware, even after this very shaky first flight that this was what I wanted to do.
My progression through the Basic and Sportsman classes was achieved with the aid of my 1.20 Wild Hare Edge. This was followed by promotion to the Advanced class and after saving up, I bought a Quique Somenzini 86” Yak; by far my favourite plane to fly. This supported my ascent into the Unlimited Class in 2009. This has been a great personal achievement. It is an honour to compete with some of the most talented pilots in the UK and this is an opportunity which I have thoroughly enjoyed.
I intend to continue to compete in IMAC with the help of the latest addition to my collection – a Quique Somenzini Yak 102”.
With almost a decade of model flying experience under my belt, it would be fair to say that I live and breathe aeromodelling. If not at the local flying field or indoor flying with shock-fliers then I can generally be found practising my manoeuvres on the flying simulator.
The success that I have enjoyed in the area of model flying would not have been achieved without the help and support of a great number of people.
First and foremost, my dad Shaun (and mum for putting up-with us), who is the driving force behind my love for aeromodelling. He has put so much time, effort and funds into me and my hobby. Secondly, my local club has played a huge part in my growth as a pilot. I received great help when completing my A and B certificates, even at such a young age and the club have kindly shared their knowledge and experience in order to assist me with any problems I have experienced.
Without the support of my dad or the club, I would not have been able to achieve so much and for this I am extremely grateful.
I am honoured to have the opportunity to share my knowledge and experience with CML distribution.
Top Tip - Use a simulator! Set yourself goals and do not give up on them. If you get frustrated, take a break and come back to it. If you use the simulator for 30 minutes every night, you will notice an immediate improvement in your flying.
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Pilot – Luke Jackson
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I have been around full size aircraft from an early age. In May 2008, age 12 after watching an IMAC competition. I decided to raid dads shed and see if I could get one of his old models to fly. I found a 10cc improver much modified. With a lot of help from my dad, it was soon in the air. It didn’t last long. This was followed by a plan built hotts a very slippery model, with this model I managed to achieve my A and B certs in one month.
During my school holidays I got plenty of practice on my simulator, bought a new model, a Giles 202, managed two flights the day before my first competion in September at Delyn.
I now really have the bug for this style of flying, I continued to practice through 2009/2010, entered IMAC comps working my way up through the levels, had some fun with foamies and some 3D flying.
2011 now presents new challenges my focus is set on the British nationals IMAC unlimited trophy, achieving BMFA instructor rating and hopefully some F3P indoor fun.
I am currently finishing my GCSE’S sixth form looming, totally eating sleeping everything aviation. So far it has been with great help and support from family and friends.
I now look forward to being able to improve further with the help of CML and there products and support, chase my goals and share my experience and knowledge.
Hold on tight to your dreams and make them happen.