Stansted - 19th September 2010
CD: Mark Pearce. Judges: Bob Ailles, Peter Brett. Score recorder: Shahid Bangawala. Podium: FAI: 1st Matt Hoyland, 2nd Keith Jackson, 3rd Steve Underwood. Masters: 1st Mark Pearce, 2nd David Kirk, 3rd Shahid Bangawala. Intermediate: 1st Colin Fretwell, 2nd Paul Heath. Clubman: Nigel Smith. The wether was overcast for most of the day with a strong south westerly which was blowing out at about 45 degrees to the flight line. In FAI Matt was very consistent wit 3 almost identical scores while Keith lost his second round with a very rare engine problem in his Axiome and had to fly his trusty Angels Shadow in the last round. In Masters it was very close after the first round but unfortunately for Shahid his flight battery decided to part company with his aircraft which put an end to his comp. In Intermediate it was nice to see Colin Fretwell make a return to competition after a long break.It was Paul Heaths first comp and he did well flying his adrenaline. It was my first comp as Cd and would like to thank everyone for keeping things running smoothly and special thanks to the judges and all the people that scribed. Lastly Shahid did a great job adding up the scores locked away in Arthurs camper van. Mark Pearce
Hurley - 16th October 2010
CD: Adrian Harrison. FAI judges: Steve Dunning Stuart Mellor. Judges: Keith Kackson, Brandon Ransley. Score recorder: Matt Hoyland. Host Club and Catering:Thank you to Plane Crazy Model Flying Club members and Sue Dunning. Podum: FAI P11 1st Brandon Ransley, 2nd Matt Hoyland, 3rd Keith Jackson. Masters: 1st Hubert Prichard, 2nd Mark Pearce. Advanced: 1st Adrian Mansell, 2nd Gerhard Fehringer, 3rd Adam Lomax. Intermdiate: Steve Hunt. Clubman: Brian Bates. The competition was announced rather late in the day as an end of season ‘bash’ with the weather being a major concern. However the response from competitors was excellent with all the available flying slots being over subscribed. On the day we were blessed with a clear sunny weather with light winds. In total we had 14 pilots across 5 classes. Flying commenced at 9.00 with FAI but immediately the sun was a problem making life very difficult for the earlier competitors. In FAI Brandon won all 3 rounds using his EP Oxalys, 2nd place was decided by 1 point in Matt Hoylands favour capping off an excellent seasons flying. Keith Jackson was 3rd competing with his trusty Angel Shadow and is now preparing his Oxai Axiome for the World Champs in the USA next summer. With the Masters league title up for grabs Hubert Pritchard managed to pip Mark Pearce on the day the result being that both finished the season on 122 points (now for the small print). Advanced was won convincingly by Adrian Mansell who has flown with great skill all season a certainty for FAI next season?? Adam Lomax had secured the Intermediate title prior to this competition so moved up to Advanced and performed very well indeed. Illustrating the enthusiasm within F3A Adam and his Father travelling from the North East had to abandon their car due to mechanical problems but completed the journey in Dads work van arriving just in time to fly. In Clubman Brian Bates competed for the first time and achieved good scores flying an ageing Smart Move a very good performance. All in all the day went well with great support from club members manning the BBQ and Sue Dunning keeping the hot drinks flowing. Flying was completed just as the rains started. Hopefully we can repeat this next year weather permitting. Adrian
BMFA National Championships - 28th to 30th August 2010
CD: Matt Hoyland Judges: Peter Brett (Sun), Gary Peacock, Stuart Mellor, most pilots on rotation. Flight Line timing: Trevor Plumb and others. Score recorders: Kath Hoyland, Tracy Hunt. Public address: Stuart Mellor, Steve Dunning. Public relations: Ashley Hoyland. Prize sponsers: www.electricwingman.com www.optifuel.co.uk www.arera51distribution.com www.deluxematerials.com RCM&E at. www.modelflying.co.uk Podium: FAI P11 and F11 schedule: 1st Brandon Ransley, 2nd Matt Hoyland, 3rd Arthur Silsby. FAI P11: 1st Richard Welch, 2nd Gary Eunson, 3rd Peter Scoles. Masters: 1st David Drummond, 2nd Gary Armstrong, 3rd Bob Ryan. Advanced: 1st Ardian Mansell, 2nd Gerhard Fehringer, 3rd Steve Haywood. Intermediate: 1st Adam Lomax, 2nd Steve Hunt, 3rd Bill White. When we set up the flight line at around 6pm on Friday evening it was hard to believe that the weather forecast could be even close to being right. Saturday morning hinted at what was to come. A stiff breeze from the left blowing in at around 45 degrees. The pilots briefing got off on time and we started flying at around 9am as planned. All pilots were kept busy with judging and scribing as Matt managed to keep the ball rolling with continuous flying untill we had a drop of rain just after lunch which delayed things a bit, but we managed to finish Saturday with almost our planned three rounds flown. As the wind increased through the day there was a distinct lack of aircraft flying on the airfield but our competitors rose to the occasion and shrugged off the thought that the wind was blowing that badly. Sunday saw the wind a little stronger from the start and it increased in speed and turned to blow at 90 degrees to the runway and blowing full in our faces during the morning. The maximum steady wind was measured at our flight line was 24 mph but the official comment from Control was they had seen a gusts of 42 mph, which I am sure hit me just as I flew through the bottom of my 'M' which ‘slightly’ put me off course. Flying was exceptional with everyone rising to the challenge and putting on a super show for our visitors who by lunch time had gathered in large numbers as we were the only discipline flying on the whole airfield. I handed out almost 150 leaflets and talked to several more and can report that the interest in what we do was appreciated far more by the public by keeping them informed by Stuart and Steve on the public address. When the three pilots flew the second F11 there was a spontaneous applause which was started by our visitors and joined by other members. So many of our visited were surprised and appreciative that we had provided chairs for them to rest, watch and listen. By Monday the wind had settled a little but it allowed us to complete our program and fly around 130 schedules over the weekend which was a super achievement by all pilots although we did finish a little early due to some electing not to fly in the last round. Our visitors were a little disappointed at that stage although a couple of demonstration flights were flown. Ashley
Warboys - 15th August 2010
CD: Clive Whitwood FAI Judges: Clive Whitwood, Mel Garlick. Score recorder:Jane Garlick. Hosts: Ramsey Model Aeroplane Flying Club. Podium: FAI P11: 1st Keith Jackson, 2nd Brandon Ransley, 3rd Mike Williams. Masters: 1st Shahis Bangawala, 2nd Mark Pearce. Intermediate: 1st John Langridge, 2nd Gavin Garlick. Clubman: Nigel Smith Moving to August was not really a good idea as many people seem to be on holiday still, despite the usual attrition, ten plots braved the strong winds to give a very interesting competition. Five fliers in FAI class flying the P11 schedule showed how to compensate for the 45 degree crosswind blowing in. It was expected that this would be a three way tussle between Keith Jackson, Brandon Ransley and Mike Williams however George Drever gave Mike a good run for his money using a model borrowed from a very brave and generous Bill Michie after damaging his own models u/c on his first round landing. Watching these excellent fliers compensate so well for the crosswind was a good lesson for us lesser mortals. The final result was a close one two for Keith and Brandon with Mike George and Bill not a million miles behind. In Masters Shahid Banglawala was clear of Mark Pearce despite having a much lighter electric model. It appeared that the best way of dealing with this was to keep the speed up giving reasonable authority in the air. Intermediate pilots John Langridge and Gavin Garlic had much more trouble with the conditions with Johns much improved final round allowing him to pip Gavin for first place. Both achieved promotion scores in the final flight and Gavin in his second round flight also. Nigel Smith flying in Clubman with a very light electric model bravely fought the wind which ended up in the first two rounds with wiping off his U/C and damaging the bottom of the fuselage. Some drastic repair work between rounds enabled him to continue and even gain promotion score on his final flight and a round of applause for his perfect touchdown. I think we will be seeing a lot more of Nigel in the future. My grateful thanks to my fellow Judge Mel Garlick and is wife Jayne for her tireless patience doing all the scoring. Also to Gavin for keeping the comp rolling smoothly slowing me to concentrate on my judging. Next year the comp will be moved back to July when I hope the weather will be more kind. Thanks to all who took part in this year’s competition. Clive Whitwood
Ashbourne - 8th August 2010
Kindly supported by OPTIFUEL: CD: Brian Hoare On the Gate, Ken Moss. FAI Judges: Stuart Mellor, Alan Simmonds. Judges: Keith Jackson, Dave Matthias. Score Recorder: Brian Hoare. Podium: FAI: 1st Keith Jackson, 2nd Matt Hoyland, 3rd Dave Matthias. Masters: 1st Alan Simmonds, 2nd Shadhid Bangawalla, 3rd Hubert Prichard. Advanced: Chris Bond. Intermediate: 1st Adam Lomax, 2nd Steve Hunt, 3rd Richard Smith. Photos: Shahid Bangawalla, Ken Moss, Ashley Hoyland. Report to follow.
GBRCAA Championships - 31st July to 1st August 2010
CD: Ashley Hoyland. FAI Judges: Bob Ailles, Peter Cappleman. Judges: Ken Moss, Brian Hoare, Bob Wasson, Peter Scoles, Gary Armstrong. Score recorders. Margaret and Gavin Smith. CD's Mentor: Matt Hoyland. Podium: FAI P F and U/known: 1st Matt Hoyland, 2nd Richard Christopher, 3rd Arthur Silsby. FAI P: 1st Peter Scoles, 2nd Adrian Harrison, 3rd Brian Hoare. Masters: 1st Mark Pearce, 2nd Alan Simmonds, 3rd Stuart Mellor Advanced: Adrian Mansell Intermediate: 1st Adam Lomax, 2nd Steve Hunt, 3rd Gareth Gordon. It was decode this year that the Proturf Two Day would be adopted as the Championships in the hope that prospects of better weather would attract a bigger entry than the 11 entries last year. We finished with 17 pilots flying all but the Clubman schedule. Friday practice attracted 5 pilots although the showers curtailed the days flying at around 6:30. We gathered at the Haxey Gate for food and a relaxing evening in anticipation of the weather being good for the rest of the weekend evening. All but three members who were staying overnight were booked in at the Haxey but three including our Chief judge who volunteered to judge at the last minute stayed at the Loco in Haxey. The Loco as the mane suggests is a place for the railway enthusiast. Three of us stayed on site. Breakfast for me at 6:00 which just left enough time for preparation of the site ready for the pilots briefing at 8:45 which was just 5 minutes late. FAI was split into two groups as Richard (Christopher), Matt and Arthur had elected to fly the Fs and Unknowns. The allowed for a judges break while pilots took over. Flying was almost continuous through the day until we finished around 5:20, a couple of short sharp shows interrupted proceedings in the afternoon. The two unknown schedules were picked after flying on Saturday on site with the score sheets and calling cards being printed overnight by Matt, so our evening at the Haxey was a relaxing time for the 20 who gathered for dinner. No pilots briefing was required on Sunday so flying started on time with some exceptional flying with good competition for all schedules but the usual close results in Intermediate and the demonstration of considerable skill during the FAI F and unknown schedules. It was good the hear spontaneous applause as each of the unknown schedules ended. We took a short break in the afternoon whilst the unknown schedules were discussed which meant a later then expected finish. May I apologise for that as I know many had long journeys home and work next day. I eventually left the site around 8pm after checking that no signs of our presence remained, thank you to all for respecting the strict rules for using this site. A super weekend and just hope everyone enjoyed it as much as I did. Photos: Gary Armstrong, Marie Lomax, Ashley Hoyland.
Phoenix Model Flying Club - 20th July 2010
CD: Nigel Kern. Judges: Peter Brett, Steve Birchall. Podium: FAI: 1st Mike Williams. 2nd Gary Peacock. 3rd Arthur Silsby. Masters: 1st Robbie Meek. 2nd Paul Skinner. 3rd Shahid Banawala. Advanced: David Kirk. Intermediate: Nigel Kern. Clubman: Nigel Smith. It seems like the comp was a success on all fronts with the competitors enjoying the atmosphere and the BBQ laid on by the club. The club members enjoyed watching the flying and they got to eat and chat at the same time. So I believe we have the go ahead to do it all again next year. I will let you know when /if that is confirmed and some dates. Nigel
Mansfield - 19th July 2010
CCD: Trevor Plumbe. FAI Judges: Alan Simmonds, Stuart Mellor. Judges: Matt Hoyland, Ken Moss, Brian Hoare. Score recorder: Tom Bootyman. Hosts: Mansfield and District Model Flying Club. Photgraphs. Tom Bootyman, Trevor Plumb, Phil Dyke, Ashley Hoyland. Podium: FAI: 1st Matt Hoyland, 2nd Richard Welch, 3rd Adrian Harrison. Masters: 1st Hubert Prichard, 2nd Shahid Bangawala, 3rd Mark Pearce. Advanced:Gerhard Fehringer. Intermediate: 1st Adam Lomax, 2nd Steve Hunt. CD's Report. After May’s competition the weather could only be better, well in theory at least In the end still breezy, few very light showers and sunny intervals...English summer! Again, although the final entry list was 21, due to various circumstances, this had dropped to 13 on the day However it was a pleasure to welcome two new faces at Mansfield after they had travelled 127 miles (Shahid and Mark) In an attempt to stop the score sheets from trying to turn into origami objects in the wind, I came up with a cunning plan to keep them together which I hope helped the scribes and Tom who did most of the score recording The flying order was Masters, Advanced, Intermediate, FAI with judges being from the competitors list plus Stuart Once the flying began the Catering Team (Valerie and Brian) did an excellent job of providing butties and drinks The battle for the league in Intermediate is as close as ever with both Adam & Steve gaining promotion scores In Masters there was a tie for third place with Mark being the winner All in all I felt the competition was a success 3 rounds, prompt start, friendly atmosphere, lots of help from club members and the competitors themselves meant and I also got to see a lot of the flying Thanks to everyone who came and flew, judged, scribed, added up the scores, special thanks to the Mansfield club for allowing the use of the field and of course the BBQ team of Valerie and Brian Trevor Date: 19/07/10 Photos and report to follow.
4th Centralised - Hurley - 11th July 2010
CD: Adrian Harrison FAI Judges: Peter Brett, Alan Simmonds Other schedule judges: Peter Brett, Alan Simmonds, Keith Jackson. Score recorder: Alison Harrop. Podiun: FAI Centralised: 1st Keith Jackson, 2nd Matt Hoyland, 3rd John Harrop. FAI P11: 1st Adrian Harrison, 2nd Ken Moss, 3rd Ashley (I beat him on one round) Hoyland. Maters: Ala Simmonds. Advanced: Adrian Mansell. Intermediate: Steve Hunt. Hosts: Hurley Plane Crazy Model Flying Club, Thank you to your Chairman and members for the use of your flying site, preparation and excellent hospitality. This was the first F3A event hosted by the Plane Crazy MFC situated 10 minutes from Junction 9 of the M42. Whilst Centralised events have been the preserve of FAI pilots competing for UK Team places they are also an excellent opportunity for pilots at other levels to take part in a domestic competition whilst watching and learning from the best F3A pilots in the country. With 10 pilots competing Intermediate, Advanced, Masters and FAI schedules were flown. Flying commenced at 9.45 am in a very strong crosswind blowing out with the sun in the box adding to the difficulty. All pilots (excluding editor) handled the conditions well with Keith Jackson taking the first round in FAI exhibiting enviable accuracy. Conditions eased as flying progressed with round 2 scores reflecting this. The 3rd round followed after a BBQ lunch provided by the club which was enjoyed by competitors and club members alike. In FAI Keith Jackson was the winner taking 2 of the 3 rounds with the ever improving Matt Hoyland a close second. In the other classes all pilots handled the conditions well with Adrian Mansell flying in Advanced with his Elation Models Zephyr (YS 170 Power) really impressing, achieving promotion points in rounds 2 and 3. (Visit the GBRCAA Competition Results page at www.gbrcaa.org/competitionresults.htm for individual round scores). This years Four Centralised events have now been completed and have produced a really strong UK Team. Keith Jackson, Richard Christopher and John Harrop with Matt Hoyland as a reserve will represent Great Britain in the 2011 World Championships in the USA. We wish them well. Adrian
Triple Crown - Ireland - 3rd to 4th July 2010
CD: Brian Carolan. Judges:Ireland: Noel Barrett, Dave Foley. Scotland: Wolfgang Schiebel. England: Bob Ailles. When Ken, Matt and I arrived at the field for Friday practice around 2pm Richard Christopher and Peter Scoles were already there as they had travelled across on the Thursday. The wind was very strong and turbulent but we were all keen to get in at least a couple of practice flights. All was good for the England team but I (flying as a last minute recruit of the International Team) had a few engine problems which I thought I had solved the day before. Before we went of to find our B and B and an evening meal we were called to the barbeque where more burgers were being cooked ... surely it would have been impolite not the do them justice. Saturday was a better day with less wind and very smooth air. Three rounds were flown as the forecast was rain and wind next day. Sunday was true to forecast and the organisaton to meet for 12 noon worked well but the promise of showers delayed flying the forth round until around 2pm when the wind started to increase and give all pilots a real challenge. The late start also helped those who made the most of the hog roast where we gathered in a field for the food to be 'served' at around 11pm. Angus fell off the bucking bronco around 1am, so we went home. (See www.gbrcaa.org/smf/index.php?topic=1974.msg11587#msg11587 ). Congratulations to Scotland on their win. Ireland 2nd and England 3rd with the International team holding up the league in 4th place. Thank you Brian for a super weekend. Ashley
Skelbrooke - 26th June 2010
CD: Bob Rowland. FAI judges: Peter Cappleman, Stuart Mellor. Judges: Dave Mathias, Hubert Pritchard. Score recorders: Margaret and Gavin Smith. Podium: FAI P11: 1st Matt Hoyland, 2nd Steve Burgess, 3rd Dave Matthias. Masters: Hubert Pritchard. Advanced: 1st Adrian Mansell, 2nd Bob Rowland. Intermediate: 1st Steve Hunt, 2nd Adam Lomax, 3rd Richard Smith. One of the nicest days for weather we have had at Skelbrooke with a light breeze blowing out 45° from the left. No howling gale this time but challenging conditions for a novice (me), I thought my first flight was close to Robin Hood airfield but Matt said it was closer to Aberdeen! Bob as CD demonstrated an almost perfect take off scoring 9 followed by a perfect 10 for recovery and safe landing after a intermittent radio link. Steve Burgess took the first round in FAI but Matt rallied to take rounds 2 and 3 with Dave Matthias close behind in 3rd place. Hubert in Masters had an uncharacteristic engine cut and over shot the runway on landing, and although some repair is necessary the model will fly again. Adrian took first place again in Advanced with Bob having the radio trouble which through the day was investigated without any firm conclusions. The ‘competition’ of the day was in Intermediate where the average age was 15, if you leave out Steve of course, who achieved his first 1st place from Adam Lomax who was so close behind in 2nd place and Richard in 3rd. All three competitors gaining promotion points. A super competition, Thank you Bob. Ashley