GBRCAA Competition

Stansted - 4th June 2006

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Stansted MFC Comp report 4th June 2006

The comp got off to a good start with (very) fine weather with which we were blessed for the whole day. Lots of sun, light winds and partly cloudy in the afternoon. We had 12 entries (just right for my first comp as CD……..): 3 Standards, 3 Seniors, 1Masters and 4FAI. Judges were Steve Birchall and Brandon Ransley. Flying started at 09h45 and finished at 17h00 after four rounds.

In Standards, Robbie Meek took an early lead, which he maintained through the day to finish ahead of Mel Garlick, with Jason Collins in a well-flown third place.

 Senior class started with a disappointing “no-start” for Roger Marples, he later retired from the Comp due to an aileron servo problem as well. Mike Williams showed the way in convincing style with some fine flying, earning Promotion points in all four rounds. Nick Sprankling held on to a firm second place, ahead of Alan Connelly. Alan’s engine was down on revs until Brandon got hold of it and gave it a “tune-up” in between Rounds 2 and 3. Nick’s new Electric aircraft flew very well with loads of power and a smooth turbine sound. One to watch………..

In Masters, Stuart had an unfortunate incident in Round 1, when he landed in a tree adjacent to the approach, doing damage to both wings on his Evolis and putting him out of the rest of the Competition.

 The outcome of FAI was seldom in doubt with Keith Jackson showing all of us how the schedule SHOULD be flown! His last round of 77.4% was superb. The competition between the three Essex/ Cambs pilots was much closer, all running two-strokes in 2m planes. In the end these three improved significantly in Rounds 3 and 4, with me managing to finish ahead of George Drever and Alan Wild, though still only 3% between 2nd and 4th.

 The decision was taken to fly a fourth round, towards the end of round 3, as we were doing well on time. I think all appreciated the extra flying. Certificates were duly handed out, together with a Competitors’ “lucky draw” so that everyone went home with something (and a sun-tan!). Some late-afternoon rain showers started after 17h30 once everything was over, so we certainly couldn’t complain. A big thank-you must go to: The Club for the use of the field; Judges for their hard work and support; Eugene and Jane (Mel’s partner) for scoring; Alan Wild and George Drever for assistance and equipment, and not least of all, to the competitors who supported the Competition, some travelling a fair distance.

 Bill Michie. CD






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