Ten Years Ago: Mardna's 111km model seaplane world record

DSC01216Ten years ago Toomas Mardna set a world record for aeromodelling that still stands today: a 111km out-and-return flight with a piston-motor seaplane, flying along the banks of Lake Maardu in Estonia.

If you want to bag a distance world record in aeromodelling it can help if you get up early, when the wind is calm and the sky is clear.

For Toomas Mardna exactly ten years ago on Friday 17 June 2006, 'early' meant a pre-dawn start. Together with co-pilot Juri Laidna the pair were aiming to set a world record out-and-return flight with a model Mardna had designed and built himself.

Mardna was well-known in Estonia and the international aeromodelling scene. A member of the Estonian Aerosports Federation his FAI Sporting Licence number was EST0002 – he was in at the very beginning.


6 September 1970: Maynard Hill, the Lindbergh of Model Planes, Boosts his “Catbird” to 8’205m

2430 - L to R standing - Dr John Symborski John Spalding Jack Spalding - George Pickerel and Wayne Simpson - Larry Pierson - Ernest Combs. Kneeling - Maynard Hill - William WatsonLet us look back 45 years on the 6 September 1970 and recall an FAI World Record in Gain in Altitude for Aeromodelling and Spacemodelling (Class F) that has not been broken since. On that day, the American Maynard Luther Hill set the record in Gain in Altitude for Radio Control Flight Aeroplane, with a record altitude of 8.205m (26.920 feet). Hill’s “Catbird” launched at 5:24pm, when the sun was low in the sky and a remarkable improvement in visibility, from the former Naval Weapons Laboratory Airfield, Dahlgren, Virginia in the United States.


World Games 2013 athlete's profile: Andres Leoni (ESP-ARG)

Name Andres LEONI Andres Leoni photo
Sport Aeromodelling
Gender M
Nationality ESP - ARG
Year of birth 1981
Start year in the sport 1989
Experience 24 years
Best achievement in competition 2005 F6B Spanish championship, 2nd place European F3P open Mons Belgium


World Games 2013 athlete's profile: Alan Goljevscek (SLO)

Name Alan GOLJEVSCEK  Alan Goljevscek photo
Sport Aeromodelling
Gender M
Nationality SLO
Year of birth 1987
Start year in the sport 2004
Experience approx. 7000 hours of flying
Best achievement in competition 2nd place