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Published May 12th 2016
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TARMAC: Toowoomba Amateur Radio Model Aero Club

You've spent weeks building your Spitfire and now you need somewhere to give her a workout. Fulfill your dream of being a pilot at TARMAC, Toowoomba Amateur Radio Model Aero Club. There's plenty of space for aerodynamics for radio control modelling enthusiasts, who hail from as far away as Brisbane and the surrounds of Toowoomba including Greenmount and Cabarlah.

TARMAC staffers are happy to help with advice on model building including drones, pylon racers and gliders. Kits and radio equipment are less expensive than in previous years so why not turn your hand to something you've always wanted to do? Ready-to-fly kits are an easy-to-assemble way for beginners to get involved.

Many TARMAC members still prefer the growl of methanol engines with warbirds being popular. Broad wingspans are well accommodated. Not all electric models need be small either. Happy landings on a well manicured grass runway will assist in long model life.

Members gather regularly for workshops, socialising and up-to-date demonstrations of techniques. The facilities include the club shed with battery recharge outlets, shady pit and eating area. TARMAC have been around since 1964 when they began in Rockville. Visitors are welcome to check out the facilities and meet fellow enthusiasts.

Take yourself out into the fresh air for a little loop the loop. Contact Instructor Grant Hicks on 0409 864 064. Located along the New England Highway, between Drayton Connection Road and Erbacher Road, Hodgson Vale.

TAA: Toowoomba Aeromodellers Association Inc

TAA: Toowoomba Aeromodellers Association Inc have specialised in fellowship, mentoring and maximising the enjoyment of flying radio controlled model aircraft since 1985. Around fifteen kilometres west of Toowoomba off the Gore Highway, there's enough airspace for all old timers, helicopters and large scale aircraft.

Regular events draw plenty of enthusiasts and have included Queensland Turbine Flying (2016), IMAC (2013) and the air show featuring RAAF helicopters.

IMAC 2013 event, image by

Some tips and club etiquette:

1. Communication with fellow pilots is the secret to a harmonious flight line.
2. While flying stand in the 'pilot's box' to enable communication.
3. Before approaching the strip make yourself aware of the position and speed of other airborne models.
4. Learn flight procedures, eg calling 'landing' gives a pilot right of way to the strip.

Membership fees: Seniors $210, Juniors $90, Associate/Affliliate $100, Father/Son/Mother $255.

TAA is sponsored by Wings over the Downs, Hobbies. For more info contact Kent Herrmann. Don't let time fly by, call 'take off' at TAA.

Purchasing Parts & Models

Check out Wings over the Downs: Hobbies online shopping. Products include: Blade Chroma Drone RTF BLH8675; AW-Spitfire Micro Spitfire Indoor or Park; quad and electric helicopters; boats; parts; radios and servers and heaps more. Telephone 4638 5322 or email, 65 Russel St, Toowoomba.

RC Trader also have a wide range of parts, models and radio control equipment, plus you can place your own ad.
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Why? Pilot model aeroplanes
When: Club meetings at the field at 11am first Sunday of every other month.
Phone: 0409 864 064
Where: Hodgson Vale
Cost: As above. See: &
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