NPOD - 7th October 2007

NPOD - 7th October 2007

Photographs from the NPOD at Gainsborough We were ready for our Pilots Briefing at 9.00am but we delayed 10 minutes for others to arrive so a Clubman demonstration schedule was flown with a Oxalys 50 YS 63, to illustrate a general idea of what was to come. As mentors sorted their groups, Mats Akesson agreed to fly first with his Oxalys 50. It was very evident that our mentors Ken, Bob and Matt had taken their rolls very seriously and got things rolling very efficiently with Bob Rowland running the flight line. Stick models probably put in as much airtime and our competitors models, and at this stage nerves were evidently in more abundance than confidence even with the organisers. The first flight was a nerve calmer but some advise was given and taken. As the day progressed it was evident that the nerves were replaced with satisfaction and even competition, which I had not anticipated and meant we had far too few score sheets available. I thank Steve Haywood and Chris Bond for their invaluable help at control and together with Steve Hunt and Charlotte Haywood helping with timing, judging and scribing. This indicated that an ideal complement of 8 or 9 helpers was ideal for what we had planned. It was very clear to the observer and very rewarding to our mentors that club flyers turned into schedule flyers before our very eyes and by the afternoon it was the pilots idea to be scored on each flight and be seriously judged on the last flight. This brought about a debrief around 5.30 when the final score sheets were distributed. I know that Keith Dawson and Mark Bennett flying Intermediate, and Ben Griffiths, Mats Akeson and Pete Lewis flying Clubman were particularly pleased. It was good to see a Dave Smith’s Saphire, Tojero, Chris Foss Acrowat, Seagull models Extra 330, A basic, but well trimmed ‘high wing’ aerobatic trainer, 2 Oxalys 50s, A Groove 90 being shared by Father and Son team and a Flair Leo all being flown on the ‘Line’ by the end of the day. I have got the feeling that many pilots drove home with warm and upbeat feeling, which is just a sample of what we all feel, on most occasions, when we leave a GBR/CAA competition. Thank you again to all and we hope to see you next year – keep an eye on the 2008 competition calendar.
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Gainsborough Proturf - 12 August 2007

Gainsborough Proturf - 12 August 2007

The Proturf site is not easy to find and by next year we will have changed fields again so be ready for some new instructions when the time comes. Both last year and this, members insisted on taking the scenic view around East Stockwith, only a stones throw away from West Stockwith, but at the other side of the river Trent. They who had the experience will have to tell you how far the diversion is. Saturday weather was just perfect, but in true Gainsborough style on Sunday morning the rain fell around 8.15am, but it was a short and sharp shower making way for a really promising day. There was a thunder storm which missed us by about 25 miles during the afternoon but the wind freshened and turned almost directly down the runway by the time it reached around 18/20 knots. If it had not have been for this competitors may have voted for a forth round, but in the circumstances we had a reasonably early finish. Thanks to competitors for pushing things along and scribing as soon as a chair was vacant (thank you to Dave Scoles who sat in most of the day). Thanks also to a really concentrated effort by our judges, Peter Cappleman accompanied by John and Richard Howarth. 42 flights in 6 hours 15 minutes even with a couple of short breaks and a fairly relaxed atmosphere. After the presentations Matt volunteered to have his first attempt at flying the P09 schedule. Well done Matt, the schedule does appear to flow nicely. Shortly after Matthew had landing someone challenged myself to have a go and I could not resist the challenge. No! …. I am staying with Masters until I get my rightful promotion points, latest estimate around 2015 …. and that’s not PM. It was good to see our usual supporters from the Mansfield area and also our visitors, Keith Dawson and Alan Watson and friends who wanted to see what we do. We may even see a couple of them competing with us before too long. Thank you to Emma and Matt for their help, keeping an eye on me, and for and testing our new computer scoring set up. Lastly and most importantly 14 pilots and 42 flights with few problems and almost without treading on the turf. Ground sheets for the Judges and admin block, floor tiles for the pilots and callers and hardboard handed around to protect the turf from exhaust emissions whilst starting engines. Just brilliant to see it work so well, thank you all for making it another wonderful day. Best wishes to all Ashley
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Stansted - 3rd June 2007

Stansted - 3rd June 2007

The competition got off to a reasonably early start with the first flight airborne at 09h45, only slightly behind schedule. Advanced started Round 1, with Robbie Meek showing an early lead. It was not going to be easy for him, as Mel replied with a score only 1.5 points behind, both fliers earning Promotion points. Intermediate flew next, with both fliers in their first outing in this class, Eugene Anker showing an early lead over Mark Pearce, who was flying in his first aerobatic Comp. FAI were up next, Richard Christopher narrowly leading Keith Jackson by only 7 points and Mike Williams in an excellent 3rd spot. Arthur Silsby had a heart-stopping moment when his engine suddenly went to full throttle in level flight. He managed to get the engine to die to idle (maybe it was the multiple high-speed rolls Arthur?) and pulled off a safe deadstick landing in the nearby wheat field, without damage. The cause? A broken servo tray/ throttle servo mount. This was successfully repaired for the next round. Well done! Round 2 saw Intermediates up first, this time Mark Pearce having a much improved flight to take the round. One round each……….FAI flew next, the finishing order being almost the same as Round 1. Scores were generally up, (some by many points) and Richard posted the highest score of the day, with a 566.5, ie 78.7%. Garry Peacock was unlucky to have an engine cut on throttling up halfway through his flight, possibly some obstruction in the fuel line. There followed a lunch-break of some 35 minutes, before Advanced fliers completed round 2. Alan Connelly flew very well to take this round with a Promotion score, closely followed by Graham Martin and Mel. Robbie had an engine cut this time, spoiling his round. Round 3 was started by FAI this time, although Keith had to withdraw due to servo or electrical problems, to be on the safe side. Two fliers took advantage of the facility to fly FO-7, Richard Christopher and Alan Wild. Richard had a good flight, scoring a creditable 476 ( 70%), Alan putting in a good attempt of 415.5 (61%). Well done to both! It was interesting for the rest of the field to watch. Mike Williams led the rest of the PO-7 field, very closely followed by George Drever only 2.5 points behind. Advanced flew next, Robbie once again in a commanding lead. Mel landed very early after an engine cut, and a surprise second place in the round was taken by Nigel Keating, who had a hugely improved flight on this round, beating Graham by 3 points. Alan Connelly was very unlucky to encounter a steel pole on landing, doing substantial damage to his brand-new ZN Oxalys. Much commiseration and sympathy Alan! Intermediates finished the day, with Mark once again putting in a good flight, this time only 6 points shy of Promotion, and Eugene equalling his first-round score. The most-improved pilot of the day was a toss-up between Nigel and Mark, well done to both. Flying finished at 17h50, and Certificate presentations/ speeches/raffle draw took place shortly after 6pm. A big thank you to all who helped in the planning and running of the Comp, Bill Michie. CD
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