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SLAF launches School for Remote Controlled Flying

Published on: 2011-02-20 17:39:35
SLAF launches School for Remote Controlled Flying
Recognizing the global trend for Remote Controlled (RC) flying of airplanes and helicopters, Sri Lanka Air Force declared open its very own Remote Controlled Model Flying, Sailing and Driving School at SLAF Station Ekala on 19 February, 2011.

The school was established on the instructions of Chief of Defence Staff and Commander of the Air Force, Air Chief Marshal WDRMJ Goonetileke who was also the Chief Guest at the inauguration. Months of planning and hard work, later, the Commanding Officer of SLAF Station Ekala Group Captain AJ Amerasinghe initiated the establishment of the Model RC School.

Several school children from the districts of Colombo and Gampaha participated at the opening ceremony which included  a model flying, sailing and driving show by reputed model flying clubs of Sri Lanka. A mini aeronautical exhibition with practical workshops for the participants was also part of the inauguration ceremony of the School.

Remote Controlled flying, sailing as well as operating motor vehicles is fast becoming a popular pastime all over the world. The hobby requires a fair knowledge of assembling the aircraft, vessel or vehicle from drawn plans, to installing the radio controlled gear and the motor in the correct manner.

In the post war development, projects of this nature truly reflect the aspirations of the nation, as it gain steady ground to be on par with global technological trends. The project also helped to expand the imagination of technical trade trainees belonging to SLAF.

Following their aim to a more practical output on the completion of their respective courses, 3 trainee technicians were selected to construct several RC operated aircraft. The inauguration of the School included these innovative creations at the exhibition, which no doubt inspired the young minds who watched in awe.

In addition to promoting this highly skilled and thrilling pastime among the younger generation, the Air Force is simultaneously conducting workshops and training courses on aeronautics to school children through the resource pool and expertise of the qualified technicians in the organization.



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