GBRCAA Championships - 3rd to 4th October 2009
CD: Ashley Hoyland Matt Hoyland. FAI Judges: Peter Brett, Alan Simmonds. Judges for other Schedules: All pilots. It was good to meet Andy and Len from Optifuel who had brought fuel for the top IC pilot in each schedule, Pete Tindall who accompanied Garry, and Steve Underwood who was calling for Richard and promises (or was that a threat) to make a come back next year. Tony Wright of W3MH.co.uk joined us on the Sunday to continue gathering F3A material for his web site. We had promise of 12 entries for this end of season event but unfortunately we were down to 10 for the first day and 9 on the Sunday. This made for a very difficult time to keep the flow for none stop flying through Sunday when 4 1/2 rounds, (40 schedules) were flown. Peter was our only 'Full time' Judge, Alan was flying in Masters and all pilots took their turn to scribe and judge when they were not calling, a busy competition for everyone. Saturday weather promised to be challenging, the forecast was for 52mph gusts in the afternoon. At around 9:30 Matt thought we should just get on with it, and when someone called Richard said he had flown in worse 'we just went for it'. I have never flown at Barkston when the high wind was accompanied by turbulence and gusts that bounced models around so much even in the straight lines. The conditions were deteriorating, at least that was my excuse for going around for my landing and I was last to fly. Conditions just continued on a downward spiral, so around 10:30 we decided we should call it a day and gather at Woody's for lunch and to pick the unknown schedule for FAI next day. So we met at 12:30 for lunch and again at 6:30 for dinner. Ready on the flight line to start at 9:00am Sunday in a cold stiff breeze we completed the first round and 4 further rounds for everyone. 2 x Ps 2 x Fs and 1 unknown for the top 4 pilots. All did extremely well to cope with the conditions on Saturday and the unknown on Sunday. Worth a mention was Gary who flew his first 'F' in competition followed by his first unknown. FAI: First Richard Christopher, Keith Jackson and Matt Hoyland. Masters: Alan Connelly, Alan Simmonds. Advanced: 1st Steve Dunning, Mike Watts, Eddy Scott. Intermediate and Clubman were not flown.
Proturf EPoD - 26th September 2009
Established Pilots Open Day - Proturf. A perfect September day, blue skies, warm and sunny with little wind. Even the rabbit appeared to enjoy it by sticking around most to the afternoon and had great confidence on our landings 40 + schedules flown with lots of discussion. Only problems, one fried servo, one front bearing,one doggy battery connector and my chocolate biscuits melted in the sun.
Skelbrooke - 5th September 2009
CD: Bob Rowland FAI Judges: Peter Capleman, Stuart Mellor Judges: Peter Scoles, Matt Hoyland Clubman: 1st Adam Lomax, 2nd Richard Smith Intermediate: 1st Adrian Mansell, 2nd Gerhard Fehringer, 3rd Chris Bond. Advanced: Steve Haywood. FAI P09: 1st Keith Jackson, 2nd Matt Hoyland, 3rd Dave Mathias. Very windy blowing in 60 degrees from the left.
BMFA National Championships - 29th to 31st August 2009
CD: Matt Hoyland. Scorer: Kath Hoyland: PR: Ashley Hoyland. PA: Stuart Mellor, Steve Dunning. Reports agree this was a good weekend, one that has been described as a flyers weekend with seven rounds flown by the 26 competitors (eight rounds for those flying the Clubman schedule) and only one short break of 20 minutes for rain on Saturday afternoon. 9:00am, 8:00am, 8:00am starts made sure we maximised the flying time, 178 schedules were flown. More comments here: www.gbrcaa.org/smf/index.php?topic=1604.45 Things I remember: Andy providing the hot drink facility (without any prompting) in the scorers tent. Much appreciated by Kath and others. A brilliant stroke by the CD to announce at the PB; "no pilot information form for the PA commentary, no bib, no bib no flying". It worked and no one complained. My first flight when I was unsure if it was my bad flying or the high winds that was causing me problems, only to find out it was a faulty T/x crystal causing much of the erratic flying after a very fortunate landing with only a damaged propeller. Competitors having more engine problems than I can remember in past years (6 or 7 this time) but most were sorted with a little help from friends. Smiles on faces when a Tx battery was exchanged on the spot by the distributor, and many other smiles when engines ran well, others when promotion scores were achieved. Denis van der Toorran (Netherlands) saying how much he enjoyed our competitions where everyone is so friendly and are prepared to talk about their models, and his comments about full English breakfasts! Much more press attention than we have had in the past. A good and continuous flow of visitors to our flight line being kept informed by Stuart Mellor and Steve Dunning with almost no breaks in transmission. Monday was a quiet day for visitors to our line, but those who did visit were really interested in what we were doing. Getting home, unloading the models and wondering if I would actually make it upstairs to bed, and just how much sleep I would need to recover. Most of all, what a fantastic weekend. First time I can remember that we were unable to fly free flight at all in the evenings. Ashley
First Proturf EPoD - 22nd August 2009
This was our first attempt at organising a day when experienced pilots could get together to help each other. Each pilot could have at least 6 flights and still have time to help and advise others. Only F3A manoeuvres or schedules were flown and each took their turn to fly and judge.
Ashbourne - 9th August 2009
CD: Brian Hoare P09 Judges: Alan Simmonds, Stuart Mellor. Judges: Keith Jackson, Matt Hoyland. FAI 1st Keith Jackson. 2nd Matt Hoyland. 3rd Dave Mathias. Masters: Gary Armstrong. 2nd Alan Simmonds: Advanced: Hubert Prichard. 2nd Steve Haywood. Intermediate: 1st Bob Rowland. 2nd Mike Watters. 3rd Chris Bond. Clubman: Richard Smith. CD's report to follow.
Proturf Gainsborough - 1st to 2nd August 2009
CD: Ashley Hoyland Scorer: Matt Hoyland Judges Stuart Turrell, Alan Simmonds, Brandon Ransley, Keith Jackson, Brian Hoare. FAI: 1st Keith Jackson, 2nd Brandon Ransley, 3rd Matt Hoyland. Masters: 1st Mel Garlick, 2nd Alan Connelly, 3rd Alan Simmonds. Advanced: 1st Mark Pearce, 2nd Steve Dunning, 3rd Steve Haywood. Intermediate: 1st Bob Rowland, 2nd Mike Watts. Clubman: 1st Richard Smith, 2nd Adam Lomax (Saturday only) First of all I must thank Proturf on behalf of all involved for the opportunity to use their wonderful turf for our GBR/CAA competitions. I even got a telephone call from Proturf as I was writing this to ask if we had enjoyed ourselves. Please have a look at www.proturf.co.uk for turf and much more. Well what a weekend! We gathered from 11:00am on Friday for practice in good weather conditions and several of us had a convivial dinner (so pleased Kath joined us on this occasion) at the Haxey in the evening to sample a little of what we were going to experience over the weekend. Those who stayed at the Haxey paid compliments to the accommodation and the standard of food and service. They even got breakfast served at 7:00am so no one had an excuse of missing their first flight. We changed the start time on Sunday to 8:30 to regain some time lost due to a bit of drizzle on Saturday, "well it was compared to the Festival of Flight". On Saturday we completed about one and a half rounds with 2 pilots in FAI and all Masters, Advanced and Intermediate to fly for a second time, although we did manage 3 rounds of Clubman. The wind was blustery with some turbulence off the row of poplars just upwind. Highlights of the day were to see: Richard and Adam competing in Clubman with almost identical low wing 'trainers'. Adam gained promotion scores and Richard with more flights on Sunday won the competition. Alan Simmonds was back flying in Masters with his Mintor 170 two stroke Spirochaete, Brandon loosing his wing film and borrowing Keith's Pro line for the rest of the competition, and Richard discovering the wasps nest very close to where he had chosen to pit. We had several interruptions due to weather which everyone coped with very well and I think Matt was the only one to fly a complete schedule in rain. We called it a day at 5:00pm to gather at the Haxey around 7pm for our social evening with excellent value and quality of food. I think everyone agreed "we should do this again". Sunday morning dawned with blue skies and low winds and although through the day it was a bit chilly at times due to cloud cover, but we had an excellent days flying with 62 schedules flown and not one problem of any kind, well a couple of anxieties with engines, but nothing which could not be taken in our stride. There were no breaks in the flying at any time and scribes volunteered when called. Judges change overs were slick even though 4 of the 5 were flying as well. Scores were available generally before the pilot had put their transmitters away at the end of their flight, thank you Matt. Knowing our generator (powering the laptop was running low on petrol and not finding a garage in the vicinity on Saturday I was a little concerned, but after investigating late Saturday afternoon I found it to be full of fuel without any interruption, thank you Brian, and Mark for the petrol and finally ...... whilst we are talking about memorable things Ken beating me fair and square on Sunday, that extra couple of turns I gave his fuel needle did not seem to make any difference. After the competition two models completed their maiden flights, Peter Scoles flew his new Zepher from Steve Dunning in Optifuel colours and Brian his new Integral with an extended flight at low throttle due lose carb barrel arm. Matt flew the P11 whilst 'discussing' each manoeuvre with his caller during the flight and Mark demonstrated a high speed, very high speed electric glider. Just a big thank you to Matt, Kath and all involved and particularly all our competitors. We must do this again next year! Ashley
Warboys - 19th July 2009
CD: Clive Whitwood. Judges: Brian Ball, Eddie Scott. Scorers: Pat Ball, Jane Garlick. The GBR/CAA wishes to thank the Chairman and members of the Ramsey MAC for the use of their fine facilities for this competition, and to Clive for organising the event. Although the weather was very unkind this year, we still managed to nearly complete three rounds before it closed in enough to call a halt to proceedings. The general level of flying was very good though the variable wind direction did catch a few out occasionally. Five pilots gained promotion scores which shows why domestic comps are so important to both the Association and to the up and coming pilots. Particularly good competition was seen for the top spot both in FAI (George Drever vs. Matt Hoyland) and Masters (Mel Garlick vs. Alan Connelly) Clive Whitwood Intermediate: 1st Adrian Mansell, 2nd Gavin Garlick, 3rd Doug Brittain. Advanced: 1st Mark Pearce, 2nd Shadid Bangawala. Masters: 1st Alan Conelly, 2nd Mel Garlick. FAI: 1st Matt Hoyland, 2nd George Drever, 3rd Bill Michie.
Triple Crown - 5th to 6th July 2009
Sponsors: Scottish Aeromodellers Association Venue: Castle Kennedy. Organiser: Elliot Balfour CD: Malcolm Balfour Judges: Chris Currie (Scotland), Wolfgang Schiebel (Scotland), Dave Foley (Ireland), Peter Brett (England). The English Team (Richard Christopher (TM), Keith Jackson, Ken Moss, Matt Hoyland, Bob Wasson (Flying for the international team) & Peter Brett (Judge)) all arrived on the Friday for the practise day, unfortunately rain curtailed the flying until the middle of the afternoon. Team England all managed at least one flight and everything was working well. Saturday's story was dense patchy low cloud (ask Bob Wasson and Paul Houlihan who both took 3 or 4 attempts to complete schedule). Consequently only one round was completed on the Saturday in a strong 90° cross wind blowing out. Sunday was a better day but still with the strong 90° cross wind blowing out so we completed two rounds. Scotland took the trophy back off England who were second with Ireland third and the International team 4th. Excellent hospitality and organisation from the Scots and the baton has been passed to Ireland for 2010.