BMFA Electric Indoor Masters - 3rd to 4th December 2011
Not a GBR/CAA competition but run by Andy Whitehead with help from Manny Williamson and the BMFA with much GBR/CAA presence. Next year F3P domestic competitions will be run by the GBR/CAA with the infrastructure and leagues in lne with F3A organisation. Electric Indoor Masters CD Andy Whitehead. F3P Judges: Bob Ailles, Peter Cappelman, Remiguijus Dirse, Keith Dawson, Matt Hoyland. Aeromusical judges:Neal Snead, Matt Hoyland, Remiguijus Dirse, Keith Dawson, Andy Symmonds. Podium: F3P A - 1st Derk Van de Vecht, 2nd Ron Smesters, 3rd Peter Van de Riet. F3P B - 1st Steve Shaffer, 2nd Gordon McCrea, 3rd Neil Shead. F3P C - 1st Pauk Holford, 2nd Alan Stringer, 3rd Paul Wilcockson. Aeromusical - 1st Derk Van de Vecht, 2nd Connor Stephenson, 3rd Namado Te Riele. Frestyle - 1st Mark Barnes, 2nd David Thomas, 3rd Derk Van de Vecht. Freestyle Team - 1st Team United Nations, 2nd Team AWD, 3rd Team 7 Bridge
Hurley - 16th October 2011
CD: Adrian Harrison FAI Judges: Bob Ailles, Peter Brett, Adrian Mansell, Stuart Mellor. Judges: Ken Moss, Brian Hoare, Stuart Mellor. Score recorders: Marion Ailles, Brian Hoare. Hosts: Thank you Steve Carfoot and Plane Crazy Model flying Club. Podium: FAI F13: 1st Richard Christopher, 2nd Steve Underwood, 3rd Matt Hoyland. Masters A12: 1st Steve Hunt, 2nd Charles Smitheman. Advanced: Mike Watts. Intermediate: Dave East. Clubman: Brian Bates. CD Report to follow.
Stansted - 3rd October 2011
CD: Mark Pearce FAI Judges: Bob Ailles, Peter Brett Judges: Gregg Butterworth, Mike Williams Scorer Marion Ailles Podium: FAI 1st Mike Williams, 2nd Garry Peacock, 3rd Arthur Silsby. Masters: David Kirk. Intermediate: 1st Charles Smitheman, 2nd Steve Edwards, 3rd Paul Heath The weather was unusually hot for October reaching 29 deg c with at a light to moderate wind blowing across the flight line although this did not cause any problems for the pilots. With only ten entries the rounds were completed very quickly. The pilots briefing got underway at 0900 and the first to fly in FAI was Garry Peacock at 0930 followed by Mike Williams. Scoring was close between Mike and Garry was close with Mike being the eventual winner. In Intermediate Charles Smitheman got off to a slow start with some trim issues with his model and Peter Jenkins took the first round. Charles managed to sort out his problems and took the next two rounds to win the class. David Kirk was the only pilot in Masters and elected to fly the new A12 schedule. As the three rounds were completed just after lunchtime it was decided the FAI pilots would fly the P13 schedule under the guidance of Peter and Bob. This was found to be very useful by both pilots and Judges. I would like to thank The Stansted MFC for letting us use their Flying Site for the competition and every one for making it a very enjoyable day. Mark Photographs: Charles Smitheman. More to follow.
GBRCAA Championships - Proturf - 17th to 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
Phoenix MAC - 9th September 2011
CD: Nigel Smith. FAI Judges: Bob Ailles, Peter Brett. Judges: Matt Hoyland, Ken Moss, Adrian Harrison. Score recorder: Shahid Banglawala. Podium: FAI: 1st Matt Hoyland, 2nd Mike Williams, 3rd Adrian Mansell. Masters: Dave Kirk. Intermediate: 1st Charles Smitheman, 2nd Steve Edwards, 3rd Doug Brittain. On behalf of the GBR/CAA may I thank the Officials and Members of Phoenix MAC for letting us use their excellent site for our F3A competition. Report to follow.
BMFA Nationals - 27th to 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
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.
Ashbourne - 5th August 2011
CD: Brian Hoare FAI Judges: Stuart Mellor, Gary Peacock Score Recorder: Brian Hoare Podium FAI P11: 1st Keith Jackson, 2nd Dave Matthias, 3rd Bob Wasson Advanced: 1st Adam Lomax, 2nd Gareth Gorden, 3rd Richard Smith Intermediate, 1st David East Entries this year was the lowest ever for Ashbourne with 13 pilots but it did not spoil the day. The only let down was the lack of sun and too much wind. The day passed with no major events apart from the slip of the hand leaving a scorched model and finger. I spent most of the day other than my 3 8 minute flights, scoring and keeping the flight line running. With a small number of pilots the day was relaxed and everyone was in a pucker mood. Gary Armstrong brought with him a flavour from the north east in the form a peas pudding butty, Oh was I jealous. The wind prevailed from the north west blowing across our right shoulders, slightly tricky but overall everyone managed to produce some impressive flights. I would like to thank everyone for their support over the past few year's in my role as CD. Brian Hoare
US Nationals - 1st to 6th August 2011
CD: Rusty Fried Judges: Certified Masters pilots. A super group of helpers running the competition in a relaxed format. Each flight is timed but no noise tests. 1st to 6th August 2011. Model processing and registration was the day after the World Championships finished with a few teams staying on to compete. FAI is flown in the afternoons with four flight lines using two sites. For the preliminary rounds on Wednesday and Thursday the pilots stood some 50 metres apart and flew the schedules at the same time. Four models were lost in practice of the lower schedules. The pilot calls in the box; as the schedule is started and out of the box when the schedule is finished, but no one appears to remember to call this at the end. Top 20 go through to the semi-finals flying 2 F schedules and the top 8 go through to the finals flying 2 Fs and 2 unknowns. Both Matt and Richard were in the top 20 so went through to the Semi-finals. Richard has reached the Finals in eighth place and Matt is doing the judges warm up flights for the two unknowns. More photos later
F3A World Championships - Muncie, Indiana, USA - 24th July to 2nd August 2011
Venue: Academy of Model Aeronautics National Flying Site, Muncie, Indiana, USA. Date: 24th July to 2nd August 2011. GBR Team: Keith Jackson, Richard Christopher, Matt Hoyland. Team Manager: Ashley Hoyland. Official Team Helper: Adrian Harrison. UK Judge: Bob Ailles. 82 competitors representing 31 Countries will fly four preliminary rounds, one flight per day for each competitor flying the P11 schedule. The top group go through to the semi-final day to fly 2 rounds of the F11 schedule. Top 10 from the semi-finals go through to the finals day to fly 2 F11 and 2 Unknown schedules to pick the winner. Podium. 1st Christophe Paysant-le Roux, France (On count back to semi-finals). 2nd Tetsuo Onda, Japan 3rd. Andrew Jesky, USA. Richard Christopher (after Semi-final) 29th. Matt Hoyland 33rd, Keith Jackson 37th. Team. 1st USA. 2nd Japan. 3rd USA. 4th Austria. 5th Germany. 6th Italy. 7th Switzerland, 8th People's Republic of China. 9th United Kingdom. 10th Ireland 11th Canada. 12th Australia. Official web site: www.modelaircraft.org/events/f3awc2011.aspx You will find more information here: www.gbrcaa.org/smf/index.php?topic=2520.0
4th Centralised - Hurley - 10th July 2011
CD: Adrian Harrison. Team Selection judges: Bob Ailles, Peter Brett, Alan Simmonds. Judges: Adrian Mansell, Steve Underwood. Score Recorder: Brian Hoare. Flight line control: Ken Moss. Hosts and Barbecue: Plane-Crazy Model Aircraft Club, Hurley. Podium. FAI P11/F11 Team Selection. 1st Richard Christopher. 2nd Matt Hoyland. 3rd Keith Jackson. FAI P11. 1st Adrian Mansel. 2nd Adrian Harrison. 3rd Peter Scoles. Advanced: 1st Steve Hunt. 2nd Mike Watts. Intermediate: Dave East. Report to follow.
RCM&E Triple Crown - 2nd to 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