ARARAT - The Ararat and District Aeromodellers Club has been chosen once again to host the Victorian State Championships for large scale aerobatic model aircraft.
Members of the Aeromodellers Club have been busy preparing the runways in anticipation for this weekend's event.
Club member Dave Lovell said the club felt very proud that it was chosen due to Ararat having one of the premier sites in Victoria for model aircraft flying.
"Competitors will be coming from all over the state as well as a large group from South Australia keen to battle for the title," he said.
"The planes competing have wingspans up to three metres and are built mainly from fibreglass and carbon fibre. They have petrol motors ranging from 50cc up to and beyond 200cc producing well over 20 HP."
Competitors fly to an international routine that is downloaded each day, with five different classes ranging from basic to unlimited.
"So a pilot flying the competition routines here would be flying the same routines on that day that would be flown anywhere else in the world," Mr Lovell said.
"There are about 15 pilots entered and the action kicks off at the Warrak road strip at around 9.30am Saturday and Sunday, with everyone welcome to attend."
Next weekend on November 2 and 3 will be the Ararat and District Aeromodellers Club's annual fun fly weekend.
Once again modellers are expected from across the state as well as South Australia and New South Wales, who will bring with them a vast array of model aircraft.
"There will be every thing from the smallest of electric powered foam models right up to very large and very fast turbine powered jet aircraft," Mr Lovell said.
"Some of the jets that will be here are valued in excess of $15,000. The Ararat Fun fly has been gaining in popularity the last couple of years due mainly to more pilots discovering that Ararat has one of the best facilities for flying model aircraft in the state, if not in Australia.
"If the weather co-operates there could be in excess of 40 pilots and more than 100 model aircraft. The models are not limited to flying in the daylight with specially set up a/c with lighting able to take to the skies at night which is something special to see if you never have before."
The action at the Club's Warrak Road site is set to kick of before 9am each day.