A new Guinness World Record was set earlier this month at the Southeastern Electric Flight Festival, near Altlanta Georgia, U.S.A. for the total number of R/C model aircraft flown at the same time within a period of one minute. Ric Vaughn was event co-coordinator for the attempt which exceeded the standing record of 49 models (set in South Africa) with no less than 113 launches. One hundred planes remained in the air for the required time. "During the range check we had a total of 59 2.4GHz systems on and bound at the same time" said Vaughn, "Sky space was not a problem, most participants said they had plenty of room to fly, but there was one midair, which cost us a plane. All and all, it went way better than I thought it would."

Tony Stillman, also from the AMA observed "I was tasked with observing and helping as I could. The attempt was well thought out, with safety in the forefront. Event director Ric Vaughn did a great job of organizing, and it paid off with 100 models meeting the required one-minute flight time. On behalf of the AMA, I congratulate those who participated in this event!"

My thanks go to Ric Vaughn for the photos you see here. Ric and his team of organisers and flyers have laid down the gauntlett but could we do this in the UK? Can we break the record? Would there be enough frequencies? - why not have a chat about in the forum thread below and share your thoughts.

Update 23/5/08 - Video of the event added in the forum thread below