WHAT IS SCALE AEROBATICS
Scale aerobatics is aerobatic operation of a radio controlled scale model of full-sized aerobatic competition plane.
While other disciplines within the radio control community fly aerobatics, the requirement for scale aerobatic is that the model be replicas of types known to have competed in International Aerobatic Club (IAC) competition.
A wide choice of competitive planes are available to today’s model in both kit and ready-to-fly versions.
Some of the most popular competition planes such as the Extra 330 pictured here are available from numerous manufacturers.
IMAC – International Miniature Aerobatic Club
Originally started as a Special Interest Group under the US modeling organization, AMA, the International Miniature Aerobatic Club (IMAC) has grown to represent and organize scale aerobatic competition on a global level. IMAC is a non-profit organization focusing on pilot education and maintenance of rules and guidelines governing the sport. Pilots interested in scale aerobatic competition are encouraged to join and support the organization’s mission.
HOW TO BEGIN
Getting started is pretty easy! If you are reading this, you are half way there already! We can assume that you are tired of flying in circles, practicing your landings, etc. and looking for a new R/C challenge…and you are in luck!
First, let’s start by clearing away a few “myths” about scale aerobatic competition.
FALSE ! Like any hobby, you can put as much or as little as you want into it. Some pilots win consistently with low cost equipment while other pilots with the latest and greatest struggle. In golf there is a saying – “Money can’t buy a swing!”…and it is the same in scale aerobatics….it is more about the pilot’ and the time they put into practicing. True that as you skills increase
There is no age limit and you can get started with whatever plane you are flying right now. You don’t have to be some kind of super experienced R/C pilot but you do need to have the drive and desire to improve your flying skills. No other R/C activity will improve your flying skills as quickly as aerobatic competition.
Look in your area for IMAC activity
Check out your area flying clubs for IMAC activity. If you need help and live in the US or Canada, find out the IMAC region you live in by visiting the Regions part of this website. Once you know your region, click the Contact Your Regional Director button above the photos on the left and ask for details about activity in your area. Your regional director will be happy to point you in the right direction.
Ask for help!
While you can certainly learn on your own, it helps to have an experienced IMAC pilot to help guide you. A second set of eyes can help you get your loops rounder, your lines straighter, and your timing perfected. You can also contribute the same way to their practice by observing and offering feedback.
Attend an Intro to IMAC event or a Judging School
Intro to IMAC or sometimes called a Basic Primer is a great way to jump start your flying. You will learn how contests are run and what to expect when you attend your first event. At most of these, you will get a chance to actually fly the Basic sequence in front of judges and receive scores – just like a regular IMAC event.
Most regions will have at least one or two Judging Schools a year – usually near the very beginning of the flying season. Judging schools help you learn the rules and understand what judges should be looking for in your flying. Actually learning to judge is a completely different challenge. Many of the best judges are average competition pilots and conversely many of the best pilots are average judges.
So what are you waiting for?
Just head over to the Download section of this website and get you a copy of the Basic sequence. Yes…it looks like a lot of squiggly lines on a piece of paper…it is drawn in what is called an Aresti diagram. Aresti diagrams are a type of short hand for ALL aerobatic competition in the world – full scale or model. But…it’s pretty easy to learn…Take a look at the video on Learning Aresti (which is also on the Download page) to help you get started.