By Lishea Chen Translated by Ann Lee
Driving down from Dadu Mountain on a sunny afternoon, you may think you're hallucinating when you see some kind of strange object making steep dives 2,000 feet in the air, winding high above the trees without restraint. But don't worry—it isn't an illusion or an alien invasion. Rather, it is a fleet of remote control (RC) airplane enthusiasts enjoying a flying field specifically designated for these little machines.
Recently, this particular flying field held something called a "Fun Fly" show. This game-of-sorts involves shooters on the ground firing at mid-flight model airplanes. Although they are not real, you might still get jumpy as the planes flirt with ground impact. A closer look shows the line of shooters, who are fully armed, aim for the plane's tail and fire from all directions. After the game is over, shooters can check their accuracy results.
Contrary to its intense look, this "game" is quite safe and filled with stimulating sights and sounds. The recent "Fun Fly" and accompanying miniature air show was held to celebrate the flying field's anniversary. It also featured the aerodynamic attributes of light aircraft, speed models, as well as an impressive RC helicopter demonstration.
Currently, RC planes and helicopters can be purchased for about NT$5,000-6,000. If you want to try your hand at this fun and challenging hobby then check out the Taichung Radio Control Flying Technology Development Association website. From the site, you can get some tips and skill boosters, lowering the chances of your plane smashing to bits on your first flight attempt. Right now, there are six flying fields in central Taiwan: 1. Ye Dian (contact Mr. Lin Yong-zhi, 04-2375-8307); 2. Dali, under the Dali bridge on GuoGuang Road; 3. Houli incinerator; 4. Ya Tuo Dongshi; 5. Ling Dong, on the mountain behind Ling Dong University; 6. Taichung Harbor. Taiwan's newest world invitational tournament, the "Ya Tuo 4th Annual Fun Fly" (check Ya Tuo's website for details) will take place from August 18 to 19. If you would like to join this association, contact the president of the council Xiao-xin at (09) 3355-7990, or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.