Surinder Singh said flying a plane was harder than he'd thought.
The Warrnambool father-of-two took the controls for the first time during The Warrnambool Model Aircraft Fun Fly event on Sunday.
Under the guidance of club president Harry Knights, Mr Singh said the experience was not what he'd expected.
"I was nervous," he said. "It was quite hard actually and I'm not sure I did a good job of it."
Mr Singh said controlling the craft was a difficult task.
"Maybe these two would be better than me," he said of his ten and seven year-old children.
"They're the ones holding the gadgets all the time."
The inaugural flight formed part of the club's come-and-try weekend event.
Held at the club's Officer Lane address, club secretary Rod Mitchell said this was the first time the group were using its new kitchen facilities.
"The new entry is at Officers Lane will be a much easier and smoother drive in," he said.
"We're nearing completion of our new club house and it's all starting to look great."
The group attract wing-enthusiasts that like to build and fly, perform tricks or are drawn to gliders.
Mr Mitchell said it was the combination of history and craft that he preferred.
"I like building a replica of something and then flying it realistically," he said.
"Some of the others prefer the tricks in the air and the others fly gliders."
This year's event featured a new focus Mr Mitchell said.
"Another feature this year that's a bit different is that the electric models seem to be getting more popular," he said.
"Rather than petrol or methanol.
"They're flying bigger aeroplanes and they're staying up much longer than they used to.
"Technology has gone ahead and electric motors are far more powerful than they used to be."
The weekend event attracted flying enthusiasts in clubs from Ballarat, Camperdown, Narracoorte, Hamilton, Ararat, Koroit and Keilor.
It was a social gathering that ran both Saturday and Sunday.
"It's a chance to show the local community what we do and welcome other clubs to come and fly with us," Mr Mitchell said.
"The club welcomes new members and if anyone is thinking about taking up the hobby the club has a trainer aircraft which can be used to give those interested a go at flying a model aircraft."
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