Minsthorpe - 12 November 2017
Contest Director: Ashley Hoyland. Flight Line: John Day. Computer input: Leanne Clayton. Pilot Judging. The first competition of the season allowed several pilots to show what they can do with little or no practice when they allotted to fly new schedules. Although we have a good entry and welcomed Steve Plummer and Adrian Beal to their first competition we are promised more new faces next time at Alfreton. Thank you to everyone for embracing the pilot judging and programme I had put together which we will repeat at future events as it worked well. Podium: GBR/CAA 'C' Schedule. First Place Alan Clayton. 2nd Ashley Hoyland. 3rd Steve Plummer. GBR/CAA 'B' Schedule. First Place Rory Tooley. 2nd Lee Backrath. 3rd John Day. FAI AP Schedule. First Place Liam Clayton. 2nd Paul Wilcockson. 3rd Adam Lomax.
Buckminster - 1 November 2017
The second of our 'Introduction to Aerobatics' days at Buckminster. We had 7 pilots booked in for today. For Barry and Charlie it was their second visit returning from the last session in September (4th October meeting was cancelled by the pilots due to adverse weather, and rightly so). On this occasion I was joined by John Morton BMFA National Championships Clubman Champion who took the returning pilots flying with GBR/CAA pilot Alan Williams who also helped with flying advice. In the Events Centre I ran through the basics of what the GBR/CAA do with the first time pilots before joining the others on the flight line. We all met in the Events Centre for lunch after which we discussed in some detail model set up and the shape of manoeuvres The rest of the day was spent flying in rotation and putting into practice what had been discussed. We met again inside at the end of the day to what had been useful and how we should progress to make sure pilots get what they want from these days, and I flew a few circuits with my F3P model.
Sculthorpe - 1st October 2017
Contest Director: Peter Jenkins. Sculthorpe Comp This was the first time that the GBR/CAA had held a competition at this venue. It has been used for many years to host free flight competitions and more recently by the JMA. The weather forecast was dire until the day before when it appeared to be just a bit windy. In the event, it was wet, windy and accompanied by low cloud. Adrian Harrison flew a weather check which probed the bottom edge of the cloud but when Steve Plummer took off for the first competitive flight he kept disappearing into cloud. We waited till past midday before the cloud slowly lifted giving us good visibility but with a strong cross wind. Nothing new there then! A number of entrants pulled out at the last minute and we ended up with 5 FAI pilots, and 1 each for Masters and Clubman. So, with just 7 pilots flying, it was possible to get in 3 rounds for all with a 4th round for our sole Clubman entrant, Mick Broad. Garry Peacock, who withdrew from flying as his contra had not returned, had offered to judge and Eugene Anker had volunteered as well. So, our problem with judging and the need to self-judge was resolved at a stroke! In the end, Gerhard won all 3 rounds, while a tight battle between Steve Plummer and Adrian Harrison resulted in Steve gaining 2nd place by 2 pts from Adrian. George Drever was hot on their heels while Peter Jenkins brought up the rear. Mark Allen had a rather frustrating event collecting rather too many Zeros for his liking! Mick Broad, flying in only his 2nd full competition was able to put his own problems into context by watching how pilots in the classes above him all had problems with the strong cross wind. As he said, it was really good to see that he wasn’t the only one struggling! The view from all who flew at Sculthorpe was that we should return to the site. However, the cost of hire is an issue and may be an issue. Everyone enjoyed the event even though there were no facilities at Sculthorpe to help with creature comforts – that is, apart from Steve Plummer. Steve used the proximity of Cromer to come down and spend the weekend in Norfolk with his wife in their caravan. It was definitely the best place to be while it was raining! Thanks to those who drove a long way to support this new competition especially with the slightly suspect weather forecast. Finally, commiserations to those who had to drop out at the last minute. Without your initial entry, it would not have been possible to run this competition.
Skelbrooke – 16th September 2017
Hosts: Skelbrooke Model Flying Club - Thank you to Officials and members. Contest Director: Ashley Hoyland. FAI Judge: Matt Hoyland, plus pilots. Computer scoring: Matt Hoyland. We just had three rounds but what a very pleasant day it was, with no rain, a bit windy but some good company. I hope our visitors enjoyed their day with us. Podium: FAI P17. First Place, Gerhard Fehringer. 2nd Place, Dan Workman. 3rd Place, Adam Lomax. Photos: ACH LS and MH
Buckminster - 6th September 2017
This was the first of our 'Introduction to Aerobatics' days at Buckminster. I would like to thank everyone who attended this day for their enthusiasm, and of course Manny, Paul and David for their help to allow this event to run smoothly. Flying in the conditions we experienced, although not the worst we might have had, were a challenge for any pilot so thank you for having a go. We had 10 visitors arrive at Buckminster for the first 'Introduction to Aerobatics' day, although one pilot decided it was too rough to fly and left us early, even though there was no pressure on anyone to fly. I understand one other person is on the waiting list for next time. Our visitors were club pilots who wanted to improve their knowledge and flying skills. There were 6 F3A models of varying sizes. One of those present has entered the Beaulieu competition (his last competition there was 29 years ago) and another has already ordered GBR/CAA merchandise, bought Bango's Bravo, done an excellent repair job and is very interested in moving forward in Aerobatics. All attendees said they would come again and I am encouraged to continue these sessions on the first Wednesday of each month. Very little time to take photographs but there a are some posted on BMFA Buckminster Facebook.
Triple Crown Deeside - 1st-3rd September 2017
Hosts: England Venue: Deeside Model Aircraft Club - With grateful thanks to the club officials and members. English Team: Kevin Caton, Steve Underwood, Keith Jackson, Gerhard Fehringer. Irish Team: Paul Houlihan, Gordon James, Nial O Sullivan, James Murphy. Scottish Team: Steve Burgess, Colin Elgey, Malcolm Harris, Wolfgang Schiebel. International Team: Chris Halgreen, Brian Hoare, Colin Lee, Dave King. Judges: Dave Foley(Ireland), Bill Allison (Scotland), Ken Moss (England), Podium: First Place England, 2nd Ireland, 3rd Scotland, 4th International. Photographs,Brian Hoare.
BMFA Nationals – 26th-28th August 2017
Contest Director: Matthew Hoyland Flightline Control: Linda Shepard, Eugene Anker. Judges: Alan Simmonds, Brian Hoare, Adrian Harrison, Steve Underwood, Garry Peacock, Ken Moss, Mark Pearce, Gerhard Fehringer. Public Address: Stuart Mellor. Public Relations: Ashley Hoyland Was this the best weather we have ever had for our BMFA National Championship? Including Friday we had 4 days of perfect weather with just a bit if a wind on Monday around lunchtime. Competition was very close in the first three rounds of the 'P' and 'F' with only one point separating the top two pilots competing for the BMFA British Nationals Championship title. For our FAI 'P' only flyers, Ian Mould took four of the six rounds but both Adrian Harrison and Ken Moss took one round each. Eugene Anchor had a relaxed time in Masters as did Phil Lewis in Intermediate, but in Clubman four pilots, two for who this was their first GBR/CAA competition and for three pilots this was their first Nationals. John Morton took 5 of the 6 rounds with Micheal Broad taking the 6th round. In the 6th round John put in some good scores but then had a problem counting to two in his spin. Well done to all our Clubman pilots. Podium: BMFA British Nationals F3A Champion: First Place, Matt Hoyland. 2nd, Keith Jackson. 3rd, Steve Underwood. FAI 'P' Schedule: First Place, Ian Mould. 2nd, Mark Pearce. 3rd, Steve Plummer. Masters: Eugene Anker. Intermediate: Philip Lewis. Clubman: First Place, John Morton. 2nd Michael Broad. 3rd Ralph Arrow.
GBRCAA Championships - BMFA Buckminster - 5th & 6th August 2017
Organiser and Contest Director: Matt Hoyland. Venue: BMFA Buckminster with our thanks to David Phipps, Manny Williamson and all the BMFA members who have laboured to make this possible. Sponsors of the Clubman competition: Thanks to Bondaero.co.uk for the donation a BJ Craft - F3A Axiome biplane. Aerobertics.be for the Hacker motor and other prizes, and Optipower.co.uk for a host of other valuable prizes. Clubman podium - First place and winner of the bondaero.co.uk Axiome F3A biplane and Aeroberics.be Hacker motor: Alex Mosley-Ames. Second Place, John Morton Winner of a collection of Optipower.co.uk batteries and accessories. Third Place, Graeme Jones winner of a collection of Optipower.co.uk goodies. GBR/CAA Intermediate, Philip Lewis -- and for goal keeping abilities to save a model in the pits which took flight in a just of wind. GBR/CAA Masters: First Place Eugene Anker. 2nd Richard Sharman. FAI 'P' Schedule: First Place Chris Halgreen. 2nd Adrian Harrison, 3rd Ian Mould. Championship Title FAI 'F' 'P' and 2 Unknown schedules: First Place Matt Hoyland, 2nd Garry Peacock. Another fantastic weekend at our Championships held at the new BMFA National Flying Centre. Arriving Friday lunchtime, I would like to thank those who helped and for their patience to set out the field. There was an opportunity to fly but the wind was strong and by the time it had dropped a little the sun was fully in the left hand box and low in the sky which limited the number of practice flights. Our five 'pitches' in the camping area made the camping facilities look enormous. We had the use of the Event Centre and models were assembled and could be left for the duration of the competition, so much easier than keeping space available in our cars. The competition got underway as planned at 09.00m after a pilots briefing at 08:45. The weather was challenging on Saturday with some interruption due to rain but everyone flew with our new competitors in Clubman showing improved performances in every round. Sunday was better with no rain and even better performances for our Clubman pilots. The top pilots put in some good scores but for me to see the top two pilots fly the unknowns was the highlight of the weekend. A battery failed for me on one flight and Garry's rear prop came loose on his last flight. When is came to putting everything away I have to say the help and enthusiasm was fantastic. Everyone helped in very good spirit with a smile on everyone's face. Whoever took all the photographs - thank you.(not all me this time) A special 'well done' to Nick, Richard, John, Alex and Graeme.
Warboys - 30th July 2017
Contest Director: Clive Whitwood Hosts: Our thanks to Ramsey MAC for allowing us to use their site again. Judges: Alan Simmonds, Adrian Mansell. Score recorder: Jane Garlick Despite my silent pleas for a nice sunny calm day only 50% of my prayers were answered. The wind picked up steadily from about 10am to about 15mph gusting above 18mph however it did remain dry apart from a few drops of rain during the lunch break. Despite all this, our 13 stalwarts enjoyed a good day. Our site does cause a few problems in that the end of the field parallel to the flight line is not straight but in fact bends in towards the pilots. This caused quite a few pilots to be boxed on the right hand end. Obviously the blustery winds didn’t help much either. Gary Peacock led from the off in FAI narrowly from Dan Workman (an import from IMAC), with George Drever, Ken Moss, and Steve Plummer vying for 3rd place. It ended with Gary in first, Dan in second and George in third. There were only two in MASTERS and Steve Edwards was more consistent than Eugene Anker and that’s how it finished. INTERMEDIATE saw a three way fight between Philip Lewis, Doug Brittain and John Langridge (who revealed that he was our oldest competitor at 80 years young and had taken part in the first ever comp in 1979, although no-one was old enough to confirm that.) They finished in that order but the scores were quite close. So once again my sincere thanks to everyone and especially our two judges, Alan Simmonds and Adrian Mansell (who treated us to a display at lunch and afterwards with his latest creation. I also want to thank Jayne Garlick who kept our scores and updated the scoreboard continually and to Ramsey MAC and the other members for allowing us to continue to have access to our lovely sire each year.
4th Centralised Mansfield - 23rd July 2017
Contest Director: Brian Hoare. Hosts: We wish to thank Mansfield and District Model Flying Club for their hospitality and help. Judges: Alan Simmonds and Garry Armstrong. Score recorder: Helen Hoyland. Catering: Val Gascoigne. It was good to see so much support from the club and all enjoyed the spread put on throughout the day by Val. What a wonderful day. Very light winds sometimes making it difficult to decide which direction to fly, but mostly warm and sunny with the odd black cloud overhead. Heavy rain seen only a few miles away through the afternoon. Today (Monday) we are back to normal with rain and wind. Flying was to a high standard as you would expect at this time of the year with notable performances by Ken Moss, Lee Backrath, Dan Workman and Phil Lewis. At the top of the leader board Keith and Matt shared one 'P' round with a score of 478. Podium: BMFA Team Selection: First Place Matt Hoyland, 2nd Keith Jackson, 3rd Garry Peacock. GBR/CAA league FAI P17: First Place Ken Moss, 2nd Lee Backrath, 3rd Steve Hunt. Advanced: Philip Lewis.