1st Centralised - 18th April 2009
Venue: Leicester MAC CD: Kevin Caton Judges: Bob Ailles, Peter Brett, Alan Simmonds. 15 Entries in two competitions: Flying 2 Preliminary round and 1 x Finals schedule for team places, (this is the first time F Schedules have been flown at Centralised competitions), and a Domestic Competition flying 3 P09 schedules for league points. The day started off with Andy arriving at the field at 6:15am to set up ready to welcome visitors. May we thank all Officials of the LMAC for all the work to get the field in perfect condition, for their warm welcome and the use of their excellent facilities. When competitors started to arrive at 7.45 it was overcast with a biting 12mph North East wind. Model weighing started on time at 8:00am, a requirement for all those competing for a Team Place, (although just about everyone took advantage to weight their model on the calibrated scales). Andy noise tested every model before each flight as flying started just about on time shortly after 9:00am. By mid morning the sun had started to find its way through some 7/8 cloud cover and by mid afternoon the wind eased off, the temperature rose, and we finished in glorious sunshine with many relaxing outside the club house. The standard of flying was good, particularly as it was the first competition of the season. Some flying the F schedule after very little practice but there were no accidents and all equipment worked well. Five competitors used 2.4GHz. In the P and F competition for a team place: 1 Keith Jackson. 2 John Harrop. 3 Brandon Ransley In the domestic competition P only competition: 1 Peter Scoles. 2 Bob Wasson. 3 Brian Hoare. Report to be finished with photos Watch this space.
Skelbrooke - 25th April 2009
CD: Bob Rowland FAI Judges: Peter Cappleman, Stuart Mellor. Judges: Bob Wasson, Matt Hoyland. Entries: FAI - 7. Masters - 1. Advanced - 4. Intermediate - 6. Eighteen competitors gathered on a bright and reasonably warm day for the first domestic competition of the season. The wind promised to freshen and it did for a while when we had a very heavy squally shower for some fifteen minutes in the middle of the day, but everything was back to normal very quickly giving us good conditions for the rest of the competition. I am sure our two new competitors to F3A (Adrian and Mike) appreciated Bob organising this for them. With a 10:00am start there was time to relax and discuss the start to the 2009 season before the Judges took their seats. Three rounds were flown with the odd 'start of the season' gremlin showing itself, but thankfully no damage was sustained to models. Thank you Bob for an excellent start to the season. Ashley
3rd Centralised Ashbourne - 21st June 2009
CD: Brian Hoare. Judges: Bob Ailles, Alan Simmonds, Peter Capleman. Scorers: Alison Harrop, Marrion Ailles. 1st John Harrop, 2nd Richard Christopher, 3rd Kevin Caton. P09. 1st Steve Burgess, 2nd Dave Matthias, 3rd Peter Scoles. Intermediate: Mike Watts.
Festival of Flight - 7th June 2009
CD: Ashley Hoyland Judges: Alan Simmonds and John Mee. The pilots briefing took place on time at 08:40 in dull but dry weather. Before the first flight at 09:01 rain set in with the only variation though the day was how hard it fell. I would like to thank everyone for being in good humour in spite of the conditions. Ashley
2nd Centralised - 17th May 2009
With thanks to Grantham and District Model Aircraft Club and Chairman, Mervyn Selley, for their agreement to use Barkston. CD: A Hoyland. Model Processing and flight line: Mel Garlick. Judges: Bob Ailles, Alan Simmonds, John Mee. Scorers: Marrion Ailles and Alison Harrop. Scribes: Darren Mee and pilots in rotation. Photographs: Mel Garlick, Ashley Hoyland. The weather forecast was for squally showers with some heavy rain, it did not disappoint. The advance party of myself, Matt, Mel Garlick, Ken Moss and Brian Hoare arrived at 7:30 to set up the flight line before the pilots briefing which took place on time at 8:45 outside the Main Gate. With everyone signed in it was straight up to the flighline to assemble models. Processing (weighing) was under way very quickly but dark clouds were threatening. Arthur was first to fly. Arthur's model needed assembling including the U/C and he was parked furthest away from the box, sorry if I rushed you a bit Arthur but we did start flying at 9:47. With Arthur's flight complete some 7 minutes 59 secnods later we stopped flying and took cover from a heavy shower. The rest of the morning was much the same. Although a reasonable wind was blowing down the line from our right conditions weren't too bad, but we did get interrupted by rain showers. With perseverance and good spirit the first round was competed. As the afternoon approached although the wind had freshened and now blowing out at 90 degrees we almost completed the second round before the rain returned. Richard and Kevin were the last two pilots to fly to complete round 2. With our judges goodwill, they few well in very difficult conditions of rain with high crosswinds. Thank you to all who were at Barston to make this an enjoyable day. Centralised: 1st Keith Kackson 1000. 2nd John Harrop 1000. 3rd Brandon Ransley 999.24. Domestic competition: 1st Steve Burgess. 2nd Peter Scoles. 3rd Brian Hoare.
Hague Model Air Club - 10th May 2009
An invitation on the GBR/CAA forum by Mike Rondel prompted the two of us to make the journey to compete at the Flottmanville-Hague F3a competition on the 10th May. This is the home club of the Paysant-Le Roux family with Jacques being the President of the Hague Model Air Club. We arrived Friday for practice through Saturday with the competition on Sunday. Matt flying in direct competition with Christophe and Benoit in FAI, while I flew the French National B schedule, the nearest equivalent of the Masters. A report will be published elsewhere but we would like to thank Jacques, Christophe and Benoit for their hospitality and help through the weekend, not forgetting Mike and Ruth of course. One to remember, super weekend, thank you. Ashley
Triple Crown - 5th - 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.