Carpe Weekend: Goodbye, Mother Earth
By Jason Freeman email@example.com August 29, 2012 2:49PM
This airplane was one of several remote-controlled models flown during 2011’s Giant Scale Air Show. | Supplied photo
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Updated: October 1, 2012 3:09PM
If you always dreamed of piloting an airplane but can’t stomach speeding miles above the earth, Joe Cherne suggests an intriguing alternative: remote-controlled model aircraft.
“It gives you an understanding of the aerodynamics of an aircraft, which are the same whether it’s a model or the real thing,” he said.
If anyone knows about real airplanes and their model counterparts, it’s Cherne.
He’s a former U.S. Navy pilot who started building and flying RC planes several years ago as a way to bond with his 28-year-old son, Adam.
“Not only that, I was approaching retirement age, so I wanted something to do with my time that I found interesting,” Cherne said.
If you’re similarly interested in flying but aren’t comfortable leaving terra firma, check out the Palos R/C Flying Club’s Giant Scale Air Show, which takes place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 2 at Morrill Meadow Flying Field, 107th Street and LaGrange Road, Palos Hills.
The event will feature Southland pilots flying giant-scale model airplanes with wingspans starting at 7 feet.
Cherne, who is a member of the club, said the event serves the dual purpose of entertainment and recruitment.
“We’d like to get people interested in joining the club so they can enjoy the fellowship and camaraderie of being in a club with a lot of people of like interests,” he said.
While you won’t be able to bring and fly your own planes at the event, Cherne said you’ll be able to see some pretty remarkable aircraft including model jet airplanes.
“It’s really impressive how realistic in scale and sound these actual jet aircraft are,” he said. “The engines on these aircraft are actual jet engines.”
The event also will feature static displays of model aircraft as well as food and raffles.
“We’ll also have demonstrations of what we call 3-D performances,” Cherne said.
“It’s amazing what people are able to do with these aircraft. They can stand it up vertically and hover it like a helicopter. It’s pretty impressive.”
If you think piloting a RC plane is easy work, think again, Cherne said.
“It’s not something your ordinary person is going to be able to do,” he said.
“(Basic controls) work fine when you’re flying away from you, but when you’re flying toward you it’s completely the opposite, so you’ve got to learn to orientate yourself.”
Cherne said whether you’re a model airplane enthusiast or you simply want to see an impressive air show, the event is a can’t-miss.
“This is our biggest and most impressive show of the year,” he said.