South Elmsall - 9th December 2012
CD: Matt Hoyland FAI Judges: Peter Cappleman with scribe Margaret (thank you), Andy Whitehead. Judges: Matt Hoyland, Brian Holford, Conner Stephenson, Ashley Hoyland. Score recorder: Steve Hunt. At our second F3P competition of the season we welcomed 11 pilots including Josh James and Rob Piec to their first competition. Four flying the 'C' schedule, four the 'B' and three the 'A'. The four rounds allowed every pilot to fly 7 schedules in front of the judges with some short breaks for other flying and trimming. Comments from the forum: "Josh is another Star in the making. I remember another young man flying in 2008 for the first time in a competition. If I recall he also finished 2nd in "C" and has since gone on to tease everyone else in the UK making his way through the ranks to be the one to beat. Look out Connor Josh is coming/ Probably the most enjoyable comp so far. Entertaining (thanks Rob!!), excellent battle in 'B', some great flying (from the establish and new pilots alike) and a lot....and I mean a lot of laughs!! I'll second what Barnsey said....thanks Matt and the team for another great competition and only 4 weeks till we do it all again ! Podium: 'A' schedule: 1st Conner Stephenson, 2nd Matt Hoyland, 3rd Gary Holland. 'B' Schedule: 1st Paul Wilcockson, 2nd Andy Whitehead, 3rd Brian Holford. 'C' Schedule: 1st Steve Hunt, 2nd Josh James, 3rd Ashley Hoyland.
South Elmsall - 18th November 2012
Contest Director: Matt Hoyland. Judges: Andy Whitehead, Adrian Harrison, Brian Holford, Dave Kirk. Score recorder: Steve Hunt. Venue: Minsthorpe Community Collage, South Elmsall. The first competition after the 'summer' and it was obvious in the first round that everyone was struggling to hit form through lack of practice, but it wasn't long before the better flyers were settling in to impress us all. Several pilots had achieved promotion since the last competition and my own contribution was to make it a crash free meeting. It was good to see a wide selection of models which all had their own particular qualities and there wasn’t one poor model amongst them, all were very impressive, but if I had to pick out one combination which stood out for me it would have to be a Disney with Glavak motor and carbon prop weighing in at around 100 grams. So for all pilots thinking of having a go at F3P there you are, a quick route to the top, come and join us and have fun. Thanks again to all pilots and a special thank you to our visitors and supports for making it a very enjoyable day. I trust those who had long journeys South and South West got home safely. Ashley Photographs: Dave Royds and Ashley Hoyland.
GBRCAA Championships - 29th to 30th September 2012
CD: Adrian Harrison. Hosts: Steve and the Plane Crazy Flying Club, Hurley. Thank you for a very well prepared site and to club members who helped provide food on Saturday. FAI Judges: Bob Ailles, Peter Brett. Score recorder: Marion Ailles. Podium: FAI: P and F Championships Champion, Kevin Caton, 2nd Matt Hoyland, 3rd Steve Underwood. FAI P Only schedule: 1st Garry Peacock, 2nd Les Przytocki, 3rd Peter Scoles. Masters: 1st Gerhard Fehringer, 2nd Steve Hunt. Intermediate: Jason Wood, 2nd David East. Clubman: Danny Ainsthorpe. The results were very close at the end of the competition in FAI and Masters. All the scores can be seen in full here: http://www.gbrcaa.org/competitionresults.htm . Not ideal conditions by any means to hold our Championships but we did not get wet and in the end the weather was better than expected. Three rounds on Saturday were flown with the wind about 90 degrees out with pilots choosing to fly their favourite way. On Sunday the wind was right to left but still blowing out. We were saddened by the loss of one aircraft early I the competition and a couple of undercarriage legs needed some attention by the close of play. Keith Jackson was the only IC powered model competing until Dave East used his reserve model, a full blown Curare with OS 60 on a pipe, retracts, flaps and huge recollections of nostalgia. I wasn’t the only one who could not believe (remember) how fast and how small the model was when compared to today's 'full house'(Now there is a term from the early days). Congratulations to those who competed in difficult conditions and particularly to Kevin, Matt, Steve and Arthur who flew the unknown in the last round. The manoeuvres were picked by the pilots flying the schedule at the Saturday evening get together at the Rose in Baxterley. Matt and Steve battled through the consumption of stakes and menu specials to compile the Unknown schedule, calling cards and score sheets. Garry Peacock won the FAI P only competition so he was “invited” to fly the judges warm-up of the Unknown Schedule. Due to it’s complexity he was asked to fly it twice and very impressive it was. Ashley
Knettishall NPod - 12 September 2012
Organiser: Peter Jenkins. Mentors: Mark Pearce, Garry Peacock, Charles Smitheman Judges: Chris Bond and Shahid Banglawala Hosts: Bury Model Flying Club and in particular: Nigel Canham, Chris Traher, Brian Tinmouth, Ken Seymour Photos: Mark Allen Peter Jenkins
Linden's Farm Grimsby - 2nd September 2012
Linden's Farm MAC - Grimsby. CD: Peter Scoles. FAI Judges: Dave Scoles, Peter Scoles. Judges: Gary Armstrong, Alan Simmonds. Score recorder. Peter Scoles. Sponsors: OptiFuel. Hosts and barbecue: Linden Model Aircraft Club, thank you gentlemen! Podium: Clubman: 1st Dave Tofton. Masters: 1st Gerhard Fehringer, 2nd Steve Hunt. FAI P11: 1st Matt Hoyland, 2nd Bob Wasson, 3rd Garry Armstrong. Report: This was the second competition to be hosted by the LMFC (Grimsby). Weather was good, wind was a steady breeze down the runway. We made good time after the completion of the first two rounds, enabling us all to stop for a lunch break together like last year – with a barbecue being laid on by the host club (this also gave me time to catch up on score sheet entry). At the end of the lunch flyers where gathered for a group photograph, then we pressed on with the third round. Finishing with the results and prize giving. Flying: FAI – Matt was setting the pace as usual with his Citrin, also thank you for demonstration flights with Citrin No.2 at lunch break and before prize giving, I know the local club flyers that where their very much enjoyed this. Bob was flying himself to a very strong second place, with Ken making the early running for third, but was to be denied by Gary over coming his technical problems of round one to beat Ken into third place by 3 points, good to see Alan out of the judges chair and putting some air under his wings, with Ashley choosing to make the competition his first electric powered one. Master – Was a head to head competition between Gerhard and Steve, early rounds being close, but Gerhard closed it out in style with a 433 in the last round. Clubman – Local club flyer Dave in a competition of his own, flying in only his second competition. Thanks: Ashley for help setting the box, along with photographs through out the day. FAI judges Dave with the flyer judges Gary and Alan. LMFC for hosting the competition on their site and barbecue. OptiFuel for providing prizes. And a special thanks to the flyers for supporting the competition. Best Regards, Pete
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