Teacher educator and author of many teacher reference books. Amused by random ideas and loves random acts of kindness. Enjoys writing humour...seriously!Please see my Instagram: wilsonjeni
Published November 2nd 2013
Up, Up and Away
Yarrambat, the home of Greensborough model aircraft, was once considered the country. Don't say that to the people who have moved to Mernda, Plenty, Doreen and Laurimer.
The model aircraft enthusiasts welcome visitors but Parks Victoria lock the gate. So if you want to be get in be there by 9am or walk more 600 m down the dirt track to the airfield.
This is seriously fun
I was surprised that the smell of petrol evoked excitement that harks back to my old skydiving days. There's way more to this model aircraft flying than previously anticipated.
For safety reasons you need to stay behind the fence, unless you are invited. We were lucky to meet David who was keen to show us spark plugs, parts of the engine and how to control the plane. The control tool is a bit like a fancy PlayStation console.
'If you crash it's like trying to money out the window' my son observed. 'You try not to crash' responds David. 'If it was going to crash I'd run underneath and save it' offers Sam.
The tricks are awesome. It nose dives, loops upside down and lands dramatically. We are silent until the condition verdict comes in. It's okay. David tells us that it can withhold a hard landing.
It goes like the devil
The Greensborough Model Aircraft Club is the biggest in Victoria and the second biggest in Australia. It has 200 members. This is not a cheap pastime. You can get a plane only $900 however there is a lot of extras, the transmitter is $400 plus other parts are needed. A basic starter training kit can be under $200.
Joining fees are from $148 for under 18's to about $328. You can fly nearly every day the year from nine in the morning until dusk. The main limitations are weather, particularly wind and sun in the eyes.
I must say it's much more relaxing pastime than some, especially on a beautiful day. The members were extremely helpful taking the kids under their wings (pardon the pun). The trainer even let my son fly the plane for short time.
While in Yarrambat visit Tancks cafe (just up the road) or have a picnic in the park, try your hand at archery, play a round of golf -they are all on the same street.