(MENAFN - Muscat Daily) It was an awe-inspiring show at the Salalah Tourism Festival as 30 model aircraft enthralled thousands of visitors with their acrobatic manoeuvres.
Hobby a team of around 130 aviation enthusiasts put up a great performance at the two-day show featuring remote-controlled planes gliders trainer and jet planes and helicopters.
Abdullah Muqadam director general Salalah Tourism Festival said 'This was the first time that such a show was organised at the festival and the response was overwhelming. We hope to organise more such new events at the next year's festival.'
Khalid Rashid al Kalbani a government employee who is president of the team said 'We have members between the age group of ten and 50 years. We have about 100 planes. I own around 20 of them. These planes can fly up to 300m.
'Flying these model airplanes is a hobby that I have pursued since 2009 but this was the first time we performed at the Salalah festival. We had organised a similar show in Ibri in 2011 and people had liked it.'
Kalbani said that team members regularly compete against each other. 'Now we want to take it a step further and organise a GCC-level competition to raise the level of the competition.'
Talking about the hobby sport Kalbani said 'Flying a model aircraft is a good way of realising your dream since not everyone can become a pilot. I recently bought a vintage plane for RO3000.'
Regarding the aircraft Kalbani said 'The team mostly buys planes from the US UK and Australia. We also build some of the planes on our own by importing parts from the US China UK and Australia. The cost of buying or assembling an aircraft goes up to RO1000.'
Speaking about the challenges he said 'A lot of people in Oman are taking interest in this hobby so we have requested the Ministry of Sports Affairs to allot us an area where enthusiasts can practice it. We also train young children who are interested in this hobby.'