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Small Planes Hit Richland Skies

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RICHLAND, Wash--  It was the Super Bowl for miniature airplanes Sunday in Richland.  You may have seen, or heard, these little planes as they soared through the sky.

Competitors from several states came to participate in the Northwest Regional Finals of the International Miniature Aerobatics Club.

KNDU spoke with the regional director who says don't write off flying as a hobby; it's got rules like a sport.

"We have a judging guide that lays out all the judging criteria for each maneuver or family of maneuvers that we execute in the air," says Keith Bordeau.

Competitors are judged by others competing in different classes.  Scores depend on your precision and execution.  The goal of the contest is to complete ten real-life maneuvers typically performed by real stunt planes.