The Golden State Stunt Championships, in which control line precision aerobatic model airplanes are flown, will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 20 at Madera Municipal Airport.
It will be the first time in 34 years the event has been held at the Madera airport.
The event began as a contest that pitted Northern California flyers against Southern California flyers, but now draws flyers from all over the Pacific North and South West regions.
This form of the model airplane hobby was developed in the 1930s, according to information from event headquarters. It was the first time a pilot could physically control a model airplane in flight. The pilot and airplane are tethered by means of a pair of wires. The pilot holds a handle attached to the wires, through which he then controls the model’s elevators and flaps via an internal bellcrank system. This allows the pilot to perform maneuvers using “up” and “down” controls...