Stephen Thomas with the world's largest remote control plane, PBY Catalina.
Stephen Thomas with the world's largest remote control plane, PBY Catalina. Robyne Cuerel

Sky-high fun for pilots of models

UNITED by their passion, more than 50 model plane pilots travelled to Maryborough Airport for a sky-high get-together.

Organiser and president of Queensland Turbine Flyers Jan Roestorf said more than 100 models were at the private event hosted by the Maryborough Aero Club.

"We do this all over the country," he said.

"It's the first to be held in Queensland."

Model aircraft on display included helicopters, jets and planes worth $5000 up to about $40,000.

Sunshine Coast teenager Matthew Wood began operating the remote control planes when he was just four years old.

"It was hard at first but it was fun," he said.

The 13-year-old, who hopes to one day work in the air force, said landing or acrobatics were the hardest things about flying.

Matthew gained his certification a year ago, which is needed to operate aircraft weighing more than 7kg.