Welcome to MACI
Jan 24, 2017:
Council Meeting. Maldron Hotel, Portlaoise (8pm)
Aeromodelling is a sport combining the thrill of flight, with skills of construction, knowledge of aerodynamics and electronics and the healthy outdoors.
Suitable for all ages from childhood up, it is fun, very fulfilling and educational. Aeromodeling has been around since man's early attempts at flight. In the past fifty years the sport has come a long way from kidsí toys. Today you can build incredibly realistic model aircraft and fly them as expertly as a pilot sitting at the controls.
Radio controlled trainers are reasonably priced, simple to build and fly and before you know you will be deciding between aerobatics and scale, between helicopters and slope soaring.
Scale models, as the name implies, are reduced size replicas of existing aircraft either modern or from the past and are constructed and finished as exact miniatures of the original aircraft. Aerobatic models are specially constructed to be able to fly the full range of manoeuvres including rolls, loops, spins, stall etc.
Gliders can either be towed up or launched from a slope and depend on rising winds to keep altitude. Helicopters are rotary wing aircraft and of course take off and land vertically. Control line modelling uses aircraft tethered with wires and flying in a circular path around the pilot. Two or more pilots can fly combat together.