With more than 400 acres of space, there are five RC flightlines to
choose from at the Triple Tree venue, including a huge pond for float
flying. This year, small separate pilot station jetties were added to aid
in launching and retrieving watercraft.
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together leg to leg, and everybody’s
happy to have you set up beside him or
her. I wasn’t there early in the week so I
had to set up my space behind another
pilot. When I arrived, I asked if he would
mind if we joined them and by the end
of the week I was good friends with all
of those around us; this starts to hint at
what the Joe Nall event is.
There are so many people here. All of
them have a story, and all of them have
a gift—some of them have the gift of
piloting skills, others are builders, and all
are modelers and enthusiasts. That itself
is a gift.
Some of the more notable pilots or
aircraft owners were asked to put on
a show at the main flightline each day
at noon. I was able to watch parts of
the shows on three of the days. The
performances were surprising and many
were downright astounding. The noon
demos at Joe Nall Week will remind
you that even in a hobby you’ve been
involved in for years, you still haven’t
seen it all.
Every year, those on the cutting
edge of our hobby continue to push
boundaries and defy what we previously
thought were limits of flight and
performance, and it’s all here to see
firsthand at Joe Nall Week.
One of those pioneering people
is RC Aerobatics World Champion,
TOC Champion, aircraft designer, and
innovator, Quique Somenzini. Quique
is part of a new company called Flex
Innovations that brings new aircraft,
electronics, and flight systems to the RC
hobby. Quique demonstrated Flex’s new
F-16QQ 3-D turbine jet that has been
highly specialized with extreme light
weight, a high-angle, thrust-vectoring
nozzle, extreme control throws, and
more design features to create a jet that
performs precision, high-alpha, and
post-stall maneuvers as never before.
Quique’s performance was nothing short
of pushing the known flight envelope
into new territory. What would you
expect from the man who many credit
with inventing 3-D flight?
During the past eight years, the Joe
Nall event has hosted a public building
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