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Harel "Spike" Koriat - FlyingGiants Pilot Highlight

Young RC pilots are the life blood of our hobby. Check out this new up and comer!

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Meet 14 year old Spike - The Newest Member of Team Extreme!!

I got to meet "Spike" and the whole crew at Joe Nall this year. Chris Hinson contacted me and said we needed to highlight this 14-year-old pilot and his incredible RC skills!

From Chris Hinson of Extreme Flight

"We first became aware of Harel Koriat through our friend and distributor in Israel, Guy Itzhaky who owns Hobby Guy. Guy sent us some videos and we were very impressed with Harel's abilities, especially considering his young age. We had the good fortune to meet Harel and his father Yaron when Guy brought them to the Joe Nall. Both Harel and Yaron are two of the nicest folks you'd ever want to meet and are die-hard RC enthusiasts! Harel is a smart, polite and sincere young man and we look forward to watching him grow into a world-class competitor and show flyer. He will be representing Israel in the upcoming XFC v2 where he will be flying 2 Extreme Flight 104" Extra 300 V2 airframes. Be sure to keep your eyes on this fine young man, we believe he is destined for great things!"

From Guy:

"Harel "Spike" Koriat is 14.5 years old and has been flying since he was 11. During the week he is a science & robotics student and his weekends are completely dedicated to flying and maintaining his fleet.

During the summer vacation, Harel volunteers as an instructor in an annual RC Flying youth camp, assisting with building airframes, teaching and flying demos to amuse and inspire the kids. The RC flying tradition runs in the family, beginning with his grandfather Yossi who still flies today, father Yaron which taught Harel to fly, to begin with and is now mainly the pit crew (:

Harel has been participating and competing in local events (The Imac & Freestyle leagues) since he started flying, and has managed to gather quite a collection of trophies including:

  • 1st place at Israel 2018 Freestyle Championship
  • 1st place at Israel 2018 IMAC Championship-Intermediate Category

I have been supporting Harel from day one, my friendship with his father goes back more than 15 years, but the main reason I love the young man is that he is blessed with all of the characteristics we all want to educate our kids with as parents - modesty and respect for his elders, honesty, loyalty, hard work, and gratitude... The feedback he gives me regarding different models and technical aspects is priceless and I am looking forward to seeing his progress and am confident he will touch the stars."

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Flying Videos:

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Extreme Flight 104" Extra 300V2 (5 min 14 sec)

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106" Edge 540 V2 + GP 123 (6 min 39 sec)

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3DHS 108" Extra 330LT - PAM X Freestyle (5 min 32 sec)

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Extreme Flight 64" Mxs Exp (3 min 37 sec)

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Old 06-03-2019, 03:36 PM
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Congrats Spike!

Wish I had known about this hobby shop a few weeks ago! I just got back from 10 days in Israel, and drove past the area several times.
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Chris Hinson, Noll Smith, Ben Fisher,


Both Harel and myself are thrilled with the honor of you having Harel aboard Team Extreme !

We would like to express our gratitude and thanks for your trust, your heart warming words, and for the opportunity given to Harel - he is committed to doing his best in promoting the brand and becoming the best embassador possible.

We would also like to take this opportunity to thank Harel's other sponsors and supporters whom without all of this would have not been possible.


Special thanks to our dear friend Guy Itzhaky of HobbyGuy – who has always, and is still – one of the greatest supporters Harel could ask for.

Thank you for the article Jim, thank you all!
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Great story.
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It’s definitely a good morning when I see a great post like that.
Congratulations Harel.
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Great post, and CONGRATS to Harel and Team Extreme !
Kol Hacavod !
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Congratulations Harel! Keep up the hard work and practice. Looking forward to seeing you again at the XFC!
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Huge congrats Harel! ��
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Can't say enough about companies and individuals who are willing to promote and support youth that are interested in model aviation. Thanks to EF and congrats to Harel.
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Congrats Harel!!!!! Fantastic news!
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Big congrats Harel!!! Keep it up man!! Look forward to seeing you at the XFC!
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Sweet! See you guys at XFC
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Awesome! Well done! I aspire to fly half that well one day Harel. Congratulations.

Great post, and great videos!
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Congrats Harel! Great pilot and great kid!
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Harel ! Congratulations man,Great to have you on the team ! I knew youd make it .You got mad skills ,cool signature moves ,and your own flying style that sets you apart. It was fun spotting for you at Nall . Im looking forward to seeing your XFC flights. Rip it up bro!

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