History was made last week when model aircraft took their place on the biggest aviation stage in the world — the EAA (Experimental Aircraft Association) AirVenture convention in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. About 500,000 people attend AirVenture each year. That gave Team Futaba the perfect opportunity to use their sparking personalities and incredible flying skills to make R/C aviation shine. They succeeded brilliantly! Members of Team Futaba, led by Matt Chapman and Frank Noll, performed during the main air show on two different days. Chapman and Noll flew in formation — Chapman in the cockpit of his fullsize CAP Eagle 580 and Noll at the controls of his 43% Extra model plane. Team members Will Berninger, Mike Barbee and Brian O’Meara then took up their beautiful giant scale models after Chapman and Noll finished their formation flight.
Each of these modelers understood how important this AirVenture show was to model aviation. Each of them put their trust in the Futaba 18MZ. Team Futaba Manager Frank Noll said it best: “This was the most pressure I’ve felt since my first TOC. But I was confident that my radio would perform flawlessly, and it did.” The reaction from the crowds of aviation enthusiasts to the models was incredible. During the performances, veteran air show announcer Danny Clisham expertly described the merits of model aviation. He reminded the audience that many aerospace legends — Neil Armstrong, Hoot Gibson, Burt Rutan and others — got their start by flying models. At this year’s EAA AirVenture, the world was treated to spectacular flights that showed what model aviation is truly about. Congratulations to Team Futaba for being such outstanding ambassadors for the hobby!