2011 SEASON 12 Domestic Competitions. 4 BMFA Team selection events including a Domestic competition at each event. Members competed at Civvry, Belgium and the USA Nationals. World Cup event held in Kent with 9 countries attending, and included Sebart Cup for pilots new to competition. GBR Team competed at the World Championships, Muncie, USA. Full flying programme at the BMFA Nationals. Two day Association Championships. Two Team training days. Judges training day. Members competed at the EIM and the GBR/CAA has been asked to organise F3P competitions by the BMFA
GBRCAA Championships - Proturf - 17th - 18th September 2011

GBRCAA Championships - Proturf - 17th - 18th September 2011

CD: Ashley Hoyland Judges P11-F11-Unkowns and wrong manoeuvre judges: Alan Simmonds, Ken Moss, Brian Hoare, Adrian Harrison. Judges P11: Matt Hoyland, Richard Christopher. Judges: Peter Scoles, Steve Hunt. Score recorders: Kath Hoyland, Jenny Smitheman. Thanks Ken for helping Kath and I set up on Friday afternoon after which five of us met at the Haxey Gate Inn for a chat and a meal. Richard and Brian were late arrivals who just made it before midnight on Friday. Pilots briefing was at 8:45 with Charles taking off just after 9am for the first flight of the competition. An interesting situation arose through the day as this was the first time we have had no ‘none flying’ judges. That this competition got off the ground at all was with the kind cooperation of Richard and Matt, who agreed to fly P F and 2 Unknown schedules, which allowed them to judge the P11 flights. Three judges judged the P11/F11/Uks and other pilots judged all the other schedules. I thank those pilots who were not involved in judging for the extra scribing duties they needed to do. I think we all will agree this arrangement worked well, even with some close results. The weather is always worth a mention and the forecast was uncertain. On Saturday the wind was blowing out and then as the day progressed it was variable blowing from left to right. We had one forced 30 minute break for rain before lunch, (what lunch!). The rest of the day was fine until we were about to meet at the Haxey Gate for our evening get together (It was good to catch up with Steve and Sue Dunning). Matt and Richard were helped by Brian, Ken, Adrian and Alan to pick the 2 ‘unknown’ schedules they would fly on Sunday. I think it rained on off all night and very heavily at times. What would Sunday bring? Sunday started very pleasantly with intermittent warm sunshine and lighter winds. We pressed on without any formal breaks until it was time for the unknown schedules to be flown by Adam Lomax first with the stick plane and then for real. Adam flew all the manoeuvres with no zeros and some good scores. Richard flew first with Matt calling then Matt with Richard calling, an arrangement agreed by each pilot so neither would have any advantage. The first 5 rounds had been completed with few interruptions. Matt was first to fly the second unknown in round six and started when the weather took a turn for the worse, the light rain may have cleared, but not to be. Matt was asked to abort his flight half way through but he was in the grove by then and I don’t think he knew it was raining. Matt kept flying in the heavy rain and blustery winds. Thirty minutes later the front had blown through and it was decided that Matt should fly the second half of his flight again. It was questionable which was Matt’s better flight, the one in the rain or the second half after the rain, but in the end both Richard and Matt won three rounds each with Richard winning the Mike Birch trophy by just 5 points. Through the prize giving it was obvious everyone had enjoyed the weekend but there were some tired soles wending their way home that evening. Ashley
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BMFA Nationals - 27th - 29th August 2011

BMFA Nationals - 27th - 29th August 2011

CD: Matt Hoyland. FAI Judges: Bob Ailles, Peter Brett, Alan Simmonds, Henry Hutchinson (Australia). Judges: Adrian Mansell, Garry Peacock, Keith Jackson, Brandon Ransley, Peter Scoles, Adrian Harrison, Richard Christopher, Brian Hoare, Andy Prime, Steve Underwood. Flight Timing: Steve Hunt. Scores: Kath Hoyland, Marion Ailles, Tracy Hunt. Public address and commentary: Stuart Mellor with inter-round commentary by Shahid. Visitor hospitality: Margaret Smith and Co. Weather Torrential rain whilst we were setting up on Friday evening, thank you Stuart, Steve, Charles and Peter for your help. Saturday 12mph wind blowing in at 20°, left to right. A few spots of rain. Sunday 15mph blowing in 25° left to right. Monday 15 to 20mph, 10° in, left to right. No interruptions due to rain but we did travel through showers on the way home on Monday evening. For the last flight of the day we welcomed a dubious intruder who had been influenced by what he saw at the World Championships. The Samurai calls to release the model and showing great respect for the judges should have influenced the judges to at least double his scores but alas Adrian Onda'son only had the honour of receiving the loudest ovation of the weekend for his efforts. Podium: FAI P and F schedules: 1st Richard Christopher, 2nd Brandon Ransley, 3rd Keith Jackson. FAI P (only) 1st Adrian Mansell, 2nd Garry Peacock. 3rd Gary Eunson. Masters: 1st Bob Ryan, 2nd Gerhard Fehringer, 3rd Mike Wood. Advanced: 1st Adam Lomax, 2nd Steve Hunt, 3rd Richard Smith. Intermediate: Charles Smitheman. Clubman: Oliver Giles. Photos to follow
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Mansfield - 14th August 2011

Mansfield - 14th August 2011

CD: Trevor Plumbe. FAI Judges: Matt Hoyland, Stuart Mellor. Judges: Brian Hoare, Ken Moss. Score recorder Trevor Plumbe, Tom Bootyman. Podium. FAI P11: 1st Dave Matthias. 2nd Bob Wasson. 3rd Brian Hoare Masters: Tom Bootyman Advanced: 1st Adam Lomax. 2nd Steve Hunt. Clubman: Craig Nicholas. The weather forecast was good and indeed the day started off sunny with a gentle breeze All pilots were ready well before the planned briefing time and were all set for the first round by 09:15 Although the initial entry was 19 this had dropped to 11 so a relaxed day’s competition was promised and so it turned out The general change from I.C. to electric was very obvious since the last comp @ Mansfield, clean and reliable yes but the sound of a YS is music to many A first time competition for Craig Nicholas with a Wot 4 and helped by Matt thoroughly enjoyed himself although admitting to being nervous, who hasn’t been there? Round 1 took a little (!) longer due to Gary Armstrong’s YS170CDI refusing to throttle back for tick over (read landing) the problem was traced to a cracked air box and so Gary decided to scratch During all this fun the BBQ sprang into life and the pilots/visitors and club members were fed and watered A surprise entrant (to others pilots anyway) was Tom Bootyman flying my Tojeiro/YS160 in Masters which was his first comp in3+ years and only his 10th flight with this model setup although I’m reliably informed this was a one off appearance A short break just after 2 was for a brief but impressive display by a full size Extra 206 flown by Steve Carver unfortunately cut short by a faulty fuel gauge (he was nearly empty!) I’d like to thank the Mansfield club for the use of the field, the 4 judges, Tom for help with the scoring, Valerie and Marie for the BBQ and the many others who helped make the day a success This, added to the fact that the 2 club members who entered both won their classes made it a little harder for me to announce I was standing down as CD for Mansfield. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the trials and tribulations of the “job” but due to my health issues I felt it was time to relinquish the work to someone else. Trevor Plumbe CD Photographs: Phil Dyke. Ashley Hoyland. Captions to follow.
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RCM&E Triple Crown - 2nd - 3rd July 2011

RCM&E Triple Crown - 2nd - 3rd July 2011

CD: Andy Prime. Co-organiser: Brian Hoare. Judges: England, Peter Brett, Garry Peacock. Scotland, Wolfgang Schiebel. Ireland, Dave Foley. Hosts: Leicester Model Aircraft Club. Sponsors: RCM&E. Raffle prizes and organisation: Thank you Tony of Tony's Models and Hobbies Leicester. www.tonysmodelsandhobbies.co.uk Team England: Richard Christopher,(Captain). Matt Hoyland, Keith Jackson, Brandon Ransley. Team Scotland: Steve Burgess,(Captain). Malcolm Balfour, Gary Eunson, Malcolm Harris. Team Ireland: Brian Carolan,(Captain). Niall O'Sullivan, Gordon James, Paul Hoolian. Team International: Bill White,(Scotland). Dave King, (Ireland). Brian Hoare, Adrian Harrison,(England). One of the best weekends we have had for flying this year. The odd days this year which have been ideal for flying have all been during the week but this weekend gave us three days of perfect weather. Early practice on Friday had pilots coping with a 12/15 mph wind blowing in at 90 degrees, but by the afternoon it was almost straight up the runway at 6 mph or less. Over the next couple of days the wind dropped altogether, leaving pilots undecided which direction to fly for the best. Right to left appeared to be the preferred option. Four rounds were flown and the results can be downloaded here: www.gbrcaa.org/smf/index.php?topic=1894.msg14564#msg14564 At the closing ceremony Malcolm Harris on behalf of the Scottish Aeromodelling Association invited England and Ireland to Scotland for the 2012 Triple Crown. Over the Triple Crown weekends the hospitality, friendly competition and good humour is always a pleasure to be part of and I would urge all pilots to compete for a place in the teams, but if not as a pilot, come and join us for a fun weekend next year in Scotland
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