They have almost all grown-ups. And in particular a pilot. “Of course, that’s not the way to start,” smiles Franck Corbet. This Norman, who made the trip from Caen with his colleagues, just as fadas as him, handles an MB 339, the plane of the Italian patrol. A replica of the big brother of a hundred kilos displaying 4.30 m wingspan and just as long. In short, a large machine propelled by two microreactors.
“It’s not the plane I take out every day, but it’s ideal for a meeting”. This model aircraft enthusiast since the age of 8 is one of the forty enthusiasts, from all over the world, who invested, this Sunday, the aerodrome of Courcelles-lès-Montbéliard at the invitation of the Aéromodel Club du Pays de Montbéliard, which organized its 1er meeting. During which all types of aircraft occupied the sky: gliders, helicopters, propeller planes. And then the jets. Like that of the Normand which, weighing more than 25 kg, is classified in category B. The one which involves the most constraints: technical file, handling skills, certification to be renewed each year and registration with the direction of civil aviation, as for large…
Jets is price and control
Its marvel flies at about 250 km/h, but, in this category of aircraft, some exceed the 500 km/h mark. It is therefore better to know how to control the thing, from the ground, using its controller which displays speed and consumption.
Control is, with the price of gear that can exceed €50,000, the main pitfalls to this practice, probably the most spectacular in terms of flight performance. “The jets have however become more democratic”, opines Sam Fasnacht. This Swiss, fallen into model aircraft for four decades, has chosen the “sport jet”, as he defines it.
Oil more than kerosene
Rather than a reduced-size reproduction of an existing plane, his was created from scratch, so as to be even more cut out for aerobatics. And can reach 300 km / h, displaying a consumption of 5 liters every 10 minutes. “We can put everything, kerosene, diesel up to white spirit, everything, except gasoline”, specifies his colleague Franck Corbet. But it is oil, which is cheaper, that these connoisseurs of aeronautics prefer, for many holders of pilot’s licences. And who do not see the surge in energy prices as a brake on their sometimes… devouring passion.
Norman Franck Corbet and his little comrades, already well equipped, are now eyeing a replica of the A 380, 6 meters wide and 5 meters long. A beautiful beast soon in hand.