Within the RAFMAA
there are a small but well formed group of participants who actually fly
model aircraft without Radio Control. These models are flown at very
high speeds usually only 20-30 feet high above the ground.
Yes they are Control
Line models, typically in this case Team Racing models. The idea of
Team Race is to cover a set distance in the shortest possible time, (the
racing bit). In order to do so the services of both a pilot and pitman
are required, (the team bit). There are many classes ranging from small
diesel powered models flown over grass to large glow powered models
usually flown over concrete.
A typical race is
flown over a hundred laps during which the model is required to twice
land and refuel (pit stop). In order to carry out this pit stop, the
pilot has to stop the motor and land the model into the awaiting
pitman’s (gloved) hand. The pitman catches it, refuels the tank,
restarts the motor and releases it. Team work is of utmost importance
along with reliable motors.
The RAFMAA profile is
greatly projected by a two current teams who participate at domestic,
national and international level and are collectively known as the
“Circle of Friends” We would like to increase the circle and would
welcome enquiries from any interested parties with further information
being available from the following:
c. Paul Blakeborough.