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WMAC members are involved in many different types of aeromodelling.  NZMAA Special Interest Groups (SIGs) represent the interests of specific classes of aeromodelling.  SIGs make and control contest rules, select international teams, and organise rallies and competitions for their various categories of model flying.  Many club members participate in national and club SIG competitions.

Radio Control (R/C) Sport Flying is the most common activity in the club.  However, there are as many varieties and types of models as the people who fly them and club members are likely to be found flying models in all of the classes briefly described below.

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Radio Control Most radio control flying, other than slope soaring, takes place at Trentham.
Sport More than 60% of club members are sport R/C flyers and fly for the sheer fun of it.  Competitions are secondary - these members just enjoy flying their models around the sky. Sport-1s.jpg
Pattern Pattern flyers perform aerobatics to the best of their ability.  Some take it quite seriously and compete in aerobatic competitions while others just have fun. Pattern-2s.jpg
Pylon Pylon racing is fast and furious, and needs some serious expenditure, as well as skill.  It is not much practised at WMAC these days. Pylon-2s.jpg
Thermal Soaring Thermal soaring gliders tend to be lightly built, are designed catch thermals and fly quite slowly.  Internationally competitive models (usually commercially made from exotic space-age materials) are less common. glider-2s.jpg
Slope Soaring Slope soaring gliders on the other hand are heavier, fly much faster, often close to the ground.  They need to be built strongly to cope with the higher flight stresses and the hard landings that seem to be inevitable at slope soaring sites. Slope-1s.jpg
Hand Launched Glider These high tech gliders are gripped at the wingtip and launched with a round arm throw in the manner of a discus.  Lots of computer radio magic helps get the maximum altitude from the launch. HLG-2s.jpg
Helicopter There is a whole lot of interesting (and expensive) machinery in a modern R/C Helicopter.  This type of flying is regarded by many conventional modellers as a 'dark art'. helicopter-2s.jpg
Electric The advent of light batteries and powerful electric motors has made a whole new class of modelling available.   An increasing number of club members are venturing into this brave new (but not necessarily cheap) branch of areomodelling. electric-1s.jpg
Scale Scale modelling is a very specialised branch of aeromodelling and this type of model is always popular at public displays, especially the jet engined models that are becoming more common. scale-4s.jpg
Free Flight
The main difficulty with free flight is finding a field suitable to fly in.  Free flight flying is done mostly at Rayner's Farm near Gladstone in the Wairarapa.
(A1 Glider)

(A2 Glider)
These classes, once known as Nordic A1 and A2, have become very high tech.  Most of the top competitors now choose to buy their models in whole or part from the 'magicians' in the Ukraine and other Eastern European countries. A1_F1A-1s.jpg
This class has likewise become the home of the carbon or kevlar masterpiece.  Serious investment is required to get to the top of this class these days. wakefield_s.jpg
There are no serious practitioners of this class in the club at present. F1C-2s.jpg
Open Rubber This class has less restrictive rules than the FAI class, and traditional models are capable of winning competitions. open_rubber-2s.jpg
Scale Our most prolific exponent of FF scale is John Henson who has on several occasions stunned the crowds at the NZMAA Nationals with complex models that somehow fly as well as many a sport flyer. john_henson_s.jpg
Free Flight
Hand Launched Glider (HLG) An apparently simple form of modelling, but a very demanding one and usually only flown by a few dedicated enthusiasts. indoor_hlg_s.jpg
Microfilm This is a very specialised form of aeromodelling that few still have the patience to make.  These ultralight indoor models are rarely seen outside the NZMAA National Competitions. microfilm-1s.jpg
Peanut These are rubber powered scale models with a 13 inches maximum wingspan. pietenpol_s.jpg
  Vintage models come in many classes, both free flight and radio. They allow modellers to enjoy the hobby the way it used to be.  They are usually marginally less competitive than the FAI classes. vintage-2s.jpg
Control Line A simple and light way of controlling a flying model aircraft. The aircraft is connected to the operator by a pair of lines, attached to a handle, that work the elevator of the model.
Aerobatics One of the more popular control line events. The maneuvers flown have not changed in many years and it’s much about skill as having a good aircraft. They tend to be large aircraft with up to .75 cu in engines. vintage-2s.jpg
Racing This is a race over a set number of laps (10kms distance for heats, 20kms for finals) where pitstops are required. Up to 3 models can be racing at one time and can be pretty hectic for the pilots in the centre circle. A number of different classes are flown such as FAI (F2C), Goodyear and vintage events. Speeds can be up to 210km/hr. vintage-2s.jpg
Speed The object of this event is to go as fast as you can. Typically flown over 1km which is 10 laps on 52 ft 6 in lines. There are a number of classes usually based on engine size and type. vintage-2s.jpg
Combat Two combatants fly against each other where the objective is to cut the opponents streamer. Very exciting and quite results in midair collisions. Contestants have a supply of models are they will often need multiple models for a contest vintage-2s.jpg