Local pilots of radio-controlled float planes tested the waters at the Jim May Park pond in Santa Maria on Thursday.
The planes, which take off and land on water, are powered by electric motors.
Members of the Tri-Valley RC Modelers usually fly their craft at Cachuma Lake, but decided to try the pond at the park.
The club is planning a big float plane event, called the Float Fly, from March 23 to 25 at Cachuma, where 50 planes are expected to participate.
For more information, visit http://www.trivalleyrcmodelers.com.