Giant-scale model aerobatic airplanes are set to take to the South Florida skies on the weekend of Feb. 28 and Mar. 1.
Some 60 pilots from all over Florida and as far north as Canada are set to compete in five different categories ranging in complexity from Basic to Unlimited.
The event, which is almost free to the public ($5 per carload donation), will take place at AMP’S flying facilities located two miles west of Krome Avenue at 20040 SW 168 St. (the entrance is on the left).
The 2015 AMP’S Aerobatic Challenge is sanctioned by the International Miniature Aerobatics Club (IMAC) and the Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA). These radio-controlled giant-scale model airplanes compete following the same rules and regulations as their full-size counterparts. Pilots are awarded points for precisely following a series of aerobatic maneuvers designed by the International Miniature Aerobatics Club (IMAC).
The five competition classes range from Basic, where any size model airplane can be entered, up to the Unlimited class in which you can see 42 percent size exact replicas of modern aerobatic airplanes with wingspans of more than 10 feet, and sometimes exceeding $10,000 in value.
Pilots compete for plaques and prizes, awarded to the first three positions in each class, and for points towards the IMAC Southeast Region Championship. In addition, pilots enter into raffles for valuable prizes donated by some of the country’s leading model airplane manufacturers.
The public is invited to attend this event where the whole family can enjoy a thrilling day of exiting competition while relaxing in South Florida’s winter climate. Food and prizes will be available throughout both days. Competition is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. A freestyle competition will be flown at 1 p.m. on Sunday with the awards presentation at 3 p.m.