Last year, he came second in the World Championship for remote control helicopter pilots. Now, aged nine, Israeli Alon Barak is going for the title again.

The 3D Masters contest for remote control helicopter pilots takes place in Spain this year. It’s the definitive contest for the sport and Alon will be competing in the highest category, Master, which is by invitation only.

Captivated by the hobby from the day he first saw his father Nadav flying, at age two Alon started honing his skills on computer. Alon and his dad fly together most weekends and in preparation for the upcoming competition they put in practice time every day.