Mansfield - 12th August 2012
CD: Stuart Mellor. FAI Judges: Stuart Mellor, Matt Hoyland. Judges: Bob Wasson and Gary Armstrong. Hosts: Thanks to Mansfield and District MFC. Catering: Thank you Val, Marie and Julie. Helpers: Trevor Plumb and Ken Moss. Podium: FAI P13: 1st Dave Matthias, 2nd Leslaw Przytocki, 3rd Adam Lomax. Masters: 1st Hubert Pritchard, 2nd Steve Haywood, 3rd Peter Jenkins. Judges: Bob Wasson, Gary Armstrong.
Ashbourne - 5th August 2012
CD: Brian Hoare. FAI Judges: Peter Cappleman, Gary Peacock. Judges:Keith Jackson, Bob Wasson. Score recorder: Brian Hoare. Line control: Jack Hoare. With thanks to our hosts, Derbyshire Radio Control Flyers. Podium FAI 1st Dave Matthias. 2nd Leslaw Przytocki. 3rd Stephen Simm. Masters: 1st Hubert Pritchard. 2nd Steve Haywood. Intermediate: Steve Edwards. Photographs: Bria Hoare, report to be completed.
European Championships - Châteauroux, France - 26th July to 5th August 2012
Châteauroux - France. 74 competitors from 25 countries. Each country is allowed 4 members if the 4th member is a junior. Official web site: http://www.ec-f3a.fr/ Each team member will fly four P13 rounds, on per day. The top 26 or so will go through to the semi finals flying 2 F13 rounds and the top 10 from the semi finals then go through to the final day flying; 1 F13, 1 Unknown, another F13 and a second Unknown
4th Centralised - Barkston Heath - 15th July 2012
CD: Ashley Hoyland FAI Judges: Bob Ailles, Alan Simmonds, Peter Brett. Other judges: Keith Jackson, Adrian Mansell, Bob Wasson. Sound and flight timing: Steve Hunt. Score recorder: Matt Hoyland Let me do the thanks first, then I won't forget like I did on Sunday. To our judges. To our scribes, (even if they were hiding at times). To our supporters who sat in to scribe. To Gary Peacock, Steve Edwards, Matt and Steve Hunt for turning up at 7:30 to set up the flight line. To Steve Hunt for sound checks and timing each flight and to Matt for recording all the scores between his flights and keeping me in check. To Brian Hoare and helpers for collecting the box markers etc. Mervyn Selley, Chairman Grantham and District Model Aircraft Society for his help at check in. Thank you all, these events have to be a team effort to work and it was a super day, thank you again. OK now to what it's really all about. The first flight of the day was a little earlier than I had planned due to everyone being in good time to move onto the airfield after our pilots briefing. The first round was close for Team Selection pilots with Keith and Matt sharing first place. There was a battle in the P13 as everyone wanted to beat Ken, but he put in some good manoeuvres to come 3rd in the P13. It was good to see Gary Peacock competing again. Adrian Mansell was flying in P and F for the first time and our judge Alan Simmonds threatened to fly his new Bravo which was superbly finished by Alan, unfortunately he did not have time to show us what it could do as we kept him sat in the judges chair most of the day along with Bob and Peter. Masters was a mixture of joy and frustration. Frustration for Steve still coming to terms with his new Integral and joy for Gerhard achieving promotion scores. The second round in Team Selection was narrowly taken by Kevin but the battle between Keith and Matt (flying his Citrin in its first competition) continued with Keith's one point advantage. The third round in Masters and the P13 continued with little change but in team selection F13 Kevin again took first place to win the competition. It was a good day even if cool at times, and we did not get wet. Interesting that in a year we shall remember for poor weather conditions we have held our four Centralised events and not one round was lost.
Triple Crown - Castle Kennedy Airfield - 30th June to 1st July 2012
Event organisers: Elliot and Lorraine Balfour. Contributions to lunches: Steve Burgess, Malcolm and Janice Harris, Colin Elgey and Steven Currie for use of caravan. CD: Malcolm Balfour. Judges: Wolfgang Schiebel (Sotland). Steven Currie (Scotland). Peter Brett (England). Main scribes: Sandra Schiebel and Vicki Mckluskey. Hosts and Sponsors: Scottish Aeromodelling Association - Castle Kennedy Airfield, Trophies and hospitality. Scorer: Lorraine Balfour Team England: Matt Hoyland, Kevin Caton, Steve Underwood, Peter Scoles: International Team member Adrian Harrison. Team Scotland: Malcolm Balfour, Steve Burgess, Malcolm Harris, Gary Eunson. International Team Members: Bill White Colin Elgey. Team Ireland: Niall O'Sullivan, Brian Carrolan, Paul Hoolian, James Murphy. International Team member: Dave King. International: Adrian Harrison (England), Bill White, Colin Elgey (Scotland), Dave King (Ireland). Results: See http://www.gbrcaa.org/smf/index.php?topic=2936.msg17328#msg17328 Our advance party Steve Underwood and Tina arrived on Thursday and Steve managed a practice flight Friday morning in the rain. We arrived around 5:00pm Friday to a wet and windy airfield. Not a model in sight, all tucked away warm and dry and that is where they stayed until Saturday morning. Pilots briefing on Saturday morning took place in weather which looked unreliable, but after the draw for Team flying order by Bill White (International Team) and a judges familiarisation flight by Bill, the competition began with Peter Scoles (England) taking to the air with a model in its first competition. Malcolm Balfour was on form taking the first round although England put in 4 solid flights giving them an early lead. Kevin Caton finished the second round with 1000 points and pushed England a little further ahead. The organised dinner on Saturday night was held at the Craignelder Hotel in Stranraer. I think it had the smallest car park in the town but we all managed to sit down to dinner in a very friendly atmosphere. Next day I didn't hear of any 'late sessions' and everyone arrived at the aifield on Sunday morning ready to fly but we were greeted with low cloud. Against the odds and although there were some heavy showers we managed to fly the full two rounds scheduled for the day. Steve Underwood took the individual Honours in round 3 with Matt Hoyland collecting the 1000 points in round 4. In the end the top 4 pilots were separated by 21 points in 2974, that's just 0.73% Speeches and prize giving finished around 5:30 and before we said our good byes we were invited to attend the Triple Crown 2013 in Ireland by Niall O'Sullivan. Thank you all for a super weekend.
3rd Centralised Hurley - 17th June 2012
CD: Adrian Harrison. FAI Judges: Bob Ailles, Peter Brett, Alan Simmonds. Judges: Keith Jackson, Stuart Mellor, Adrian Mansell. CD Report and photographs to follow. Podium: FAI Team Selection P and F13: 1st Matt Hoyland, 2nd Steve Underwood, 3rd Kevin Caton. P13 only. 1st Adrian Mansell, 2nd Adrian Harrison, 3rd Ken Moss Masters: 1st Steve Hunt, 2nd Steve Haywood, 3rd Peter Jenkins. Advanced: Mike Watts. Intermedite: Dave East. Clubman: Jason Woods. FAI P13
World Cup - 8th - 10th June 2012
Host: Robert W Davis M.B.E., F.R.A.Ee.S. Venue: Woodchurch Airfield. Kent. Competition Director and Organiser: Matt Hoyland. Chief Judge: Bob Ailles. Judges: Bob Ailles (UK), Bob Ramijn (Netherlands), Andre Lozach (France), Noel Barrett (Ireland), Emanuel Fernandes (Portugal). With thanks to all scribes. FAI Jury: Bob Wasson (UK) President, Kevin Caton (UK), Bert Delaere (Belgium), Gerard Werion (Belgium). Scorers: Kath Hoyand and Marrion Ailles. Caterers: Val Gascoyne and Marie Lomax. Flight Line: Stuart Mellor, Brian Hoare, Ken Moss, Stephen Greenwood, Trevor Plumbe, Mark Pearce. Special thanks to: Steve Hunt and Adrian Harrison for help with the administration and judges catering and to Alan L for collecting the ropes etc. Podium: 1st Loic Burbaud (France) Axiome and YS175. 2nd Kevin Caton (UK) Jupiter with Hacker Q80. 3rd Matt Hoyland (UK) Xigris with Hacker C50. P13 Schedule only: Shlomi Chester. SebArt Wind S Pro. Superb trophies befitting the event were supplied by RCM&E and we would like to thank them sincerely, along with all our sponsors: Areobertics.com, Fast Lad Performance, Electricwingman, Optifuel/Optipower and Plettenberg for their support. The advance party arrived on site Tuesday to find our host cutting our runway. The weather forecast was not good but if correct we should have a good days flying on the Saturday and probably Sunday. After preparing the flight box and roping off on Wednesday thanks to Adrian and Bill Mansell, Ken Moss and Brian Hoare we were ready to greet our guests for practice on Thursday. Making a early start we were able to fly 13 practice schedules before the rain set in for the day. Friday proved to be as the forecast and at the pilots briefing at 7:30am, a majority decision was to cancel all flying for the day. This proved to be right decision with very rain showers and the wind staying above the FAI limit all day. Our thoughts were "how can this change for tomorrow”, but it did with two full rounds of the P13 schedule completed before many enjoyed the get together through the evening at the Holiday Inn Ashford. The wind was around 12/15 mph blowing out from over the pilots left shoulder most of the day. Sunday was better with lighter winds and warm periods. We should congratulate Loic Burbaud for a superb weekends flying winning all three rounds, and the order was established in the first round with Kevin Caton and Matt Hoyland flying well and maintaining their positions. We saw innovative propellers from the German team and a very complicated all moving vertical flying/control surfaces and tail vectoring on Peter Hasse's Progress 3. There were in fact just about as bigger range of models being flown I think I have seen at one competition. Our longest travelled competitor was Shlomi Chester from Israel who won the P13 only competition and flew the F13 for the judges warm-up flight. A special mention for Val Gascoyne and Marie Lomax standing n at the last minute to cater for all through Saturday and Sunday, and of course to Marie for selling raffle tickets. We thank Rob Davies for his welcome, allowing us to use his airfield, presenting the trophies and for his spirited flying display in his original Stearman PT17, and of course to Mike Williams for stirring the Woodchurch air with his 2.6 metre Sukhoi. We had good weather on Sunday but as I was packing away the last bits of equipment around 3.30pm the rain started to fall and it continued pretty much solidly until I left the site on Monday morning. We were indeed fortunate. Ashley
2nd Centralised - 20th May 2012
CD: Brian Hoare. FAI Judges: Alan Simmonds, Peter Capleman, Gary Armstrong. Judges: Kevin Caton, Adrian Mansel, Steve Underwood, Ken Moss. Score recorder: Brian Hoare. With thanks to our host club, Derbyshire Radio Control Flyers. Podium. FAI P13/F13 Team Selection: 1st Matt Hoyland, 2nd Keith Jackson, 3rd Kevin Caton. FAI P13: 1st Adrian Mansell, 2rd Adrian Harrison, 3rd Brian Hoare. Masters: 1st Steve Hunt, 2nd Steve Haywood. Advaced: Mike Watts. Intermediate: Dave East. A cold start to the day but better tha forecast the wind was blowing in 80 degrees from the right at about 9 mph down to almost zero at times. Report and photographs to follow
1st Centralised - 14th April 2012
Thanks to our host Roy Brown. CD: Peter Brett FAI Judges: Bob Ailles, Alan Simmonds, Peter Brett. Judges: Matt Hoyland, Steve Underwood, Adrian Mansell. Model Processing sound checks and flight timing: Mike Smith and Martin Smith. Time Recorder: Sound check: Score Recorder: Marion Ailles. Host: ....... Ewe Farm with grateful thanks for the use of a super site so well prepared. Podium: Team Selection, FAI P and F schedule: 1st Matt Hoyland, 2nd Steve Underwood, 3rd FAI P schedule only: 1st Adrian Mansell, 2nd Adrian Harrison, 3rd Ken Moss. Masters: Peter Jenkins. Advanced: Mike Watts. Intermediate: 1st Steve Edwards, 2nd Dave East. Clubman: Jason Woods. to be completed. Photographs will be uploaded shortly.
Stansted - 6th April 2012
CD Mark Pearce FAI Judges: Bob Ailles, Peter Brett. Judges Adrian Mansell, Steve Underwood. Score recorders: Linda Sheperd, Marion Ailles. Podium: FAI P13: 1st Steve Underwood, 2nd Mike Williams, 3rd Adrian Mansell. Masters: Peter Jenkins. Intermediate: 1st Eugene Anker, 2nd Paul Heath, 3rd Steve Edwards. The weather was around 10 deg with a light north easterly wind blowing with overcast cloud. Apart from the temperature it was an ideal flying day. Six pilots were flying in FAI but the top two of Mike Willams and Steve Underwood were way ahead of the rest of the field.Steve the eventual winner. The only flyer in Masters was Peter Jenkins. Intermediate was won by Eugene Anker, it was nice to see Eugene back competing again after a longish break. Many thanks to Bob and Peter for doing the bulk of the judging and Adrian Mansell and Steve Underwood for also helping out. A special thanks to Marion and Linda for adding up the scores in lest than ideal conditions. Also thanks to the Stansted MFC for hosting the comp, and supplying the BBQ at lunchtime. Mark.
Skelbrooke - 31st March 2012
CD: Bob Rowland. FAI Judges: Peter Cappleman and Stuart Mellor. Judges: Kevin Caton and Keith Jackson. Score recorders: Margaret and Gavin Smith. Podium: FAI P13: 1st Keith Jackson, 2nd Kevin Caton, 3rd Matt Hoyland. Masters A12: 1st Gerhard Fehringer, 2nd Steve Hunt, 3rd Richard Smith. Advanced: Steve Haywood. A cold overcast day with rain in the air on occasions. This made for a cold day after nearly three weeks of perfect and unseasonally warm weather, and Sunday was clear and bright but Saturday was a one off before the tempratures dropped again the following week. The breeze was blowing right to left almost straight down the runway. Many new models had their first outing. Kevin's pair of Jupitors from Delro models, Adrian's scratch built Dirac, Ken's Goudious which was the quietest I have seen on the metre at 83 db(A), Matt Hoyland's Spark evo 1, and Steve Haywood's converted Lazulite. There were 5 IC models, Keith was flying the latest YS 175 cdi and the rest electric with a mixture of Hacker C50, Q80 and Axi motors. Competition was close with the top three FAI pilots within 10 points of each other and the Masters A12 schedule was a close battle between Gerhard and Steve. See the results here: http://www.gbrcaa.org/competitionresults.htm