OFFICIAL NEWSLETTER OF THE MODEL AERONAUTICAL ASSOCIATION OF QUEENSLAND
Marty Pugh with his KA8 glider IN THIS ISSUE: EVENTS CALENDAR 2012, MAAA NEWSLETTER, WONDAI VISIT, HELI TALK, VINTAGE STUNT SUCCESS, AUSTRALIAN PATTERN RESURGENCE.
FROM THE EDITOR
he new year has seen a surge in the membership growing to an all time high which is great to see. Over 2300 members and 62 clubs. The events in the events calendar are filling so all is looking great for the new year ahead. In this edition 2 new events down south for those interested in electric flight with the National electric rally being held at the Twin Cities club at Albury over the Easter break, which is not that far away. By the time you read this it will be only a matter of 3-4 weeks away.
The committee have visited Wondai recently along with interested members and special interest groups to survey the site for another field. This site does look promising with a large area that can be developed into something reasonable for the larger style models such as IMAC and other large aircraft and with facilities close by. A brief is on page 29 along with some photos of the site. At the general meeting just gone on the 18th February the matter of the rules and their changes have been discussed and there still seems to be quite a number of issues still with the re writing of the rules from various clubs. The consensus was that the final close off date for all submissions regarding any of the rule changes will be the 18th of March. Any submissions after this date will not be considered. Please mail your submissions to the President or the Secretary before the close off date. A meeting/workshop will follow once all submissions have been received. There is also quite a number of positions vacant on the various sub committee. Details of these can be obtained from the Secretary Brian Mc William. Since the resignation of the SFI and the Control line Administrator expressions of interest have been called for these positions. See further note from the secretary on page 22 for the criteria that is required in particular to the SFI position. All applications to be forwarded to the Secretary Brian Mc William .
Next General MAAQ meeting date : 12th May 2012. AT CHERMSIDE LIBRARY AT 2.00 PM Afternoon tea provided after meeting. PLEASE NOTE THE CUT OFF DATE FOR MATERIAL FOR THE APRIL-JUNE EDITION WILL BE THE 19TH OF MAY 2012. Page 2
Join in a jamboree of electric flight activity at Easter
The National Electric Flight Rally Twin Cities Model Aero Club field - Albury - April 6-9
Foamy pylon, electric scramble, F5J, LEG, Radian glider, electric old timer, scale
MAAA Membership essential - pre-membership AEFA not required All details, including registration form - www.aefanet.com
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Richard Brown built the 84â€? Mitchell B-25 about 4 years ago (own design) from cnc cut foam and balsa with a brown paper skin. It weighs 18lb and is powered by a pair of 5055 Turnigy motors with a 6S lipo and has Robart retracts. It has risen from the ashes after an onboard, mid air fire a couple of years ago. Richard was trying to see if he could make a new lipo pack from the good cells of a couple of dodgy packs. It worked well for about 5 minutes then the current melted the solder joint. The wire that dropped off shorted it out and went up in smoke!! It was a spectacular landing approach with real smoke streaming from the nacelle!! Unfortunately I didnâ€™t even have a camera with me.
One Ranking for Model Flying Competitions Around the World The FAI World Cup links the community of aeromodellers The FAI World Cup is made up of a series of international competitions held during one season. The International World Air Sports Federation, FAI based in Lausanne, Switzerland awards medals and diplomas for the highest rankings achieved each year.
Different categories – common rules
Space Modelling World Cup is this year with near 2’000 participants also a very successful series
be strict, clear and simple for In recent years, the number of organisers of World Cup events aeromodelling categories, for around the world and the events which there is an FAI World Cup must remain feasible without ranking, has increased. In requiring excessive investments addition to the classic disciplines of time and cost. Without these of free flight (F1), control line key prerequisites, the flight (F2) and space models attractiveness and sporting there are various categories for relevance would suffer. radio controlled (RC) models such as RC glider categories (F3B/J), F3B Radio Controlled Soaring RC aerobatics (F3A) and RC is a very popular series electric flight (F5). The international FAI Sporting Code Simple and provides the common framework for all classes while specific sets successful of rules define individual Aeromodelling at school does not categories have to be taught as an and determine The FAI World Cup in individual subject but can be combined with rules virtually all as other competition as well the aeromodelling learning areasis–simply from history to languages andWorld science to conditions for Cup –results. organised, has been very form the practical and emotional part an "Aviation Project" Theseofrules and conditions must successful for many years and can readily be compared to other sports such as alpine or nordic skiing, fencing, etc. The results of several international competitions in a multitude of different é Winner of Control Line MAAQ and GENERAL DATES FOR 2012 AT THESpeed CHERMSIDE countries categoriesMEETING – World CupLIBRARY IN provided they are awarded FAI BRISBANE. Sandor Kalmar HUN World Cup Status – are added up. The number of results FEBRUARY 18TH, MAY 12TH, AUGUST 25TH, NOVEMBER 10TH. achieved in a single country is ç The number of entries in limited to one or two events. The all the free flight World Cup poorest results are deleted. competitions is 4500 !
CIAM Flyer 6-‐2011
Annual announcement of ranking
F1Q-Electric Power Model Aircraft Andreas Lindner GER
The World Cup rankings are published on the CIAM website www.fai.org/ciam-events/worldcups Award ceremonies are held every April at the CIAM (FAI Aeromodelling Commission) meeting of delegates at the Olympic Museum in Lausanne. Winners receive the sought-after World Cup medals, second and third placed competitors are presented with diplomas. The award ceremonies are always attended, not only by recognised and experienced sporting greats, but also by juniors. This gratifying fact demonstrates that the international competitions in the various countries not only serve as a showcase for outstanding sporting achievements but also provide wonderfully inspiring examples and motivation for young aeromodellers which helps to ensure the recruitment of young talent.
F1P-Power Model Aircraft Juniors Alexander Ponomarev UKR Yury Bondarenko / Semen Lerner
F1E-Gliders with Automatic Steering Andrei Anca (J) ROU
RC-Soaring F3B-Radio Control Soaring – Multi-task Andreas Kunz GER
RC-Aerobatics Pavel Ereklintsev
Space Modelling S4A -Boost Gliders Zivan Josipovic
S6A-Streamer Duration Radojica Katanic
F2A-Speed Model Aircraft Sandor Kalmar HUN
S7-Scale Models Wojciech Krzywinsky
F2B-Aerobatic Model Sergiy Solomyanikov
S8E/P-Glider Precision Landing Mitja Zgajner
F2C-Team Racing Yuriey Bonderenko / Semen Lerner UKR
S9A-Gyrocopter Duration Boris Lekov BUL
F2D-Combat Pavel Ereklintsev
F1E-Gliders with Automatic Steering Juniors Andrei Anca ROU
F1A-Gliders Juniors Daniel Rossler F1A-Glider
F3A-R/C Aerobatic Power Model Aircraft Stefan Kaiser LIE
Electric Powered Model Aircraft CZE
F5B-Electric Motor Glider Patrick Haeusler SUI
F1B Model Aircraft with extensible Motors Juniors Bartolomiej Skibicki POL F1B-Model Aircraft with extensible Motors Alexander Andriukov USA Sergiy Solomyankov
F1C-Power Model Aircraft Eugene Verbitsky UKR
CIAM Flyer 6-‐2011
10-11 March 2012
a weekend of electric old timer flying A full weekend of electric old timer events jointly presented by Goulburn Society of Aeromodellers and the Australian Electric Flight Association - field available Friday afternoon - events Saturday and Sunday.
Ted Swan Field - Goulburn
EOT Duration CD Laurie Baldwin - email@example.com EOT Texaco CD Gary Ryan - firstname.lastname@example.org EOT 1/2A Texaco - CD Peter Henderson - email@example.com Height Limited EOT - CD Lou Amadio - firstname.lastname@example.org Model of the meeting - decided by all CDs according to Concours d’Elegance rules • Location: Hume Highway, Goulburn south • Start time: 10:00am Saturday • Toilet available • MAAA membership essential • AEFA membership optional Information:
• GPS coordinates -34.8048, 149.557 • Entry fee $5 per event - enter on day • BBQ, tea, coffee, drinks each day • Rules on AEFA web site - www.aefanet.com • Camping available
Peter Pine (02) 6676 1437
Are remote control helicopter pilots mad? No, just mad keen. 30 pilots converged on Tin Can Bay Model Flying Club for the 4th annual “Extreme Heli FunFly” on the weekend of Jan 28 and 29. This was way down on the 60 plus pilots that were expected due to the very poor weather conditions. Flooding of the Bruce Highway at Caboolture forced many to turn around or the fear of being flooded in and not being able to get to work on the Monday understandably put many off . One group of four pilots drove up from Grafton (about an 8 hour drive) on the Wednesday before Australia Day and were able to get a few flights in before the weekend, in between showers and rain. Not to be outdone, three pilots drove down from Emerald and one from Blackwater. In addition two sponsored pilots were also flown in – Lachlan Tu from Narre Warren (Vic) by RC Revolution and Jody Hodgson “Outrage Helicopters” from Newcastle (NSW) by Brooknet and Extreme Heli’s. Saturday saw the rain cease about 8am and it held off until about 4pm. So those that did make the trip were able to get an excellent days flying in. Although conditions under foot were very squelchy this has no effect on the Helicopters. Plenty of top level 3D flying was on display. Highlight for this writer was to see Lachlan “auto rotate” from 400 feet and catch the machine just metres off the ground – I don’t recommend this trick for anyone with a weak heart. Following tea at the local Country Club on Saturday night two pilots tried some night flying, but mechanical failures brought this to a swift halt. After raining most of Saturday night and all Sunday morning, event organisers decided to close the event off early, draw the pilots raffle and anyone willing to stay on were left to their own devices. Nic Case TCBMFC President Page 9
Photos 1. Sponsored pilot Lachlan Tu flys his Trex 700 heli inverted closely watched by his spotter Chucka. 2. Nice scale model owned by Ashley Ross. 3. 4.
Gavin Bartkowski of Dalby receives his MQX raffle prize from Club president Nic Case. Outrage pilot Jody Hodgson and sponsor Wayne Brooks (Brooknet).
5. TCBMFC secretary Roel Strous admires nearly completed model being built by Peter Rieksts. 6. 7. 8.
Plenty of smoke came from these lipoâ€™s. Sponsor Greg Gillies (R/C Fuel Supplies) demonstrates his Ely.Q 90 heli. Chris Grahamâ€™s beautifully presented Henseleit heli.
Tken 700 piloted by Terry Knight, spotter Troy Savage (no smoke this time). Sponsors Glen Zumbach (ZeeJay Hobbies) and Lyle Mahon (R/C HeliWorld) doing some running repairs.
Hinterland Model Flying Club (Inc.) Gold Coast
Notice for Intending Visitors After complaints received by council from nearby residents regarding excess noise from our flying field. The council imposed strict rules and conditions for our continued use of our current field. These included 1. Reduced flying hours. 2. Realigning the runway strip and restricted flying area. 3. Compulsory noise testing of all models, records of which have to be kept and copies sent to council. 4. Every individual flight to be recorded and copies sent to council every month. Every model has to be noise tested prior to being flown. Models must not exceed 96Db at a distance of 3 metres. Should you be considering visiting our club, we recommend that you contact the club prior to your visit and arrange to have your model noise tested otherwise you will not be allowed to fly. President: Mark Walker Secretary: Frank Whittaker Treasurer: Grant Mills Safety Officer: Gary Moore
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Sunday 25th March 2012 Come and fly any type of electric model Power, Glider, Old timer, Scale etc
Flying starts 9.30 .30 am
Food and drinks will be available from the canteen For further information contact David Morgan 0746 308 372 / 0407 203 201 Email: email@example.com Or visit our web site firstname.lastname@example.org For field location at Hodgsonvale.
RADIO AEROMODELLERS ASSOCIATION IPSWICH DISTRICT
FUN FLY AND SWAP MEET Sunday, 15th Apr, 2012 R.A.A.I.D. Field Missigs Road, HAIGSLEA 14 Kilometres West of IPSWICH off the Warrego Highway (follow the signs) * Plenty of water for Float Planes. * Bring along your unwanted items to sell or trade. Admission by gold coin donation Hamburgers & Drinks Available All pilots to have current M.A.A.Q. Licence 8am start to late finish For more information contact Ben Sotiriadis on (07) 3389 5505 Or Trevor Wendt on (07) 3201 8364 Come along and have a Great Day
VINTAGE STUNT SUCCESS Today was a very successful first competition day at our field where Vintage Stunt conducted by the MAAQ C/L Administrator was well attended under the circumstances. Unfortunately a few of our original contestants could not make it for various reasons. One in particular coming from Rockhampton, Barry Frederickson sufferd some heart problems on the way and had to return home, we wish him well . Lindsay in conjunction with Rob Edgerton and John Jamieson did a sterling job with the judging. Many thanks for their assistance. Hopefully this will be the forerunner of more Stunt events. Speed was a bit more casual with a number of modellors testing their abilities in the speed pole. Unfortunately John Jacobsen wrote off one of his Proto speed ships with a line jam, but I am sure he will be back soon, bigger and better. More speed testing again tomorrow. I just hope that the dedicated C/L circle at Maryborough will be completed and in top shape for the State Champs in June.There is an enormous amount of work neeeds to be done to create a surface such as we have at CLASI, as it requires constant short mowing and topdressing and watering at least weekly, if not more often. NO PAIN , NO GAIN We had fliers from as far afield as Dalby and Maryborough though not so many from locally, though Peter Laing and Ross Stokes carried the can for ALC. Come on guys, we need more support to continue to grow C/L. We did have some visitors from Ipswich Sport House , namely Robyn Stephenson and Scott North who arrived early and stopped till well after lunch, partaking of the Nitro Burgers produced by our new BBQ chef, Geoff Hartley, ably assisted by Peter and Cecilia Morandini. Many thanks guys!. A special thank you to Robyn and Scott who now know a lot more about C/L.and can assist to promote our sport in the future. There were many models of various classes bought and sold today, mainly by the boys from Dalby who are now becoming Associate members of CLASI. Established fliers watch out for the Dalby boys as they are rapidly becoming a force in C/L and with the aquisition of the equipment recently purachased will soon be standing on the top step of the podium at Interclub competitions. This can only be good for control line in Queensland. Once again , thanks to all who attended ,assisted to erect fences etc without your help it would not have been a great FUN Day. And a special thanks to Trevor Larsen who came early to help, though not competing. On another note we have three volunteers for the Sports day in February, so I will submit our application tomorrow. AN EXTRA FOOTNOTE: I will add a bit also, great to have had you all at our field. We hope those that came this time will be joined by even MORE competitors next time. And a report on Barry, who I spoke to on phone last night. He is off to see doctorâ€™s today, also thanks to our other intending Stunt competitor( Dave Helmrich) who was travelling down from Mackay with Barry and assisted in driving Barry and wife back home. A great sporting gesture I think. Great to see MAAQ being more proactive in C/L via Lindsay. Once again thanks to all, hope to see you all in the not too far distant future. John Taylor
I just wanted say a big thank you to everyone that participated in the Vintage Stunt Competition at CLASI on Saturday. You made it what is was. I hope you all had as much fun as I did. Unfortunately we did have a couple of breakages during the pull test which both happened under 10kg with planes which weighed more than 1kg. I just want to say that if the planes hadn’t been properly pull tested and someone was injured it would have become a question of negligence on my part. So, I’m glad you understand and took it well. Thanks very much Peter Laing for jumping in and acting as the caller. Also John Jamieson and Rob Edgerton made a special trip over to CLASI to join with me as judges which was very much appreciated. Without them there would have been no contest. Thanks guys. We did have as many as 11 entries but saw quite a few people withdraw for health reasons and unforeseen circumstances. Lets hope that Barry Frederickson is alright after an unexpected trip to hospital for a check up. Just so as you’re not left in any doubt, I checked my scales today against the weights on my Barbells with the following results. 10kg weighed as 9.94kg; 2.5kg weighed as 2.49kg; 2kg weighed as 1.98kg. I hope that puts your minds at ease like it does mine. Congratulations to Van Richards-Smith in 1st place with 535 points – Mark McDermott in 2nd place with 515 points – and a well deserved 3rd place going to Wayne Jackson with 460 points, just 1 point in front of Trent McDermott. Also I would like to send a few words of encouragement to Rod Williams from Dalby and Peter deVisser. You didn’t miss out by much guys and with a little bit more practice you’ll be good for the State Champs in June. I hope to be holding a Classic Stunt Competition in around 2 months time and maybe 2 rounds (instead of the usual 4) of F2B in May if possible. If anyone has any thoughts on this I would be pleased to hear them. Once again. Thanks to all. Cheers. Lindsay. MAAQ CL Administrator
Don’t forget the Combined Disciplines weekend at Dalby March 24-25th - dust off that old timer, free flighter or control liner for a weekend of relaxed flying. Should be a good one .
The Rockhampton Model Aero Club Inc. Presents…
Terry Phillipson Memorial Competition 19th and 20th May 2012 The Terry Phillipson Memorial Competition is held at the Rockhampton Model Aero Club’s 22 acre Gavial airfield, located approximately 8km from the city centre of Rockhampton. Facilities at the field include:
A covered shed and shaded pit area.
Underground power and camping facilities including toilets and hot water.
LARGE The event in honour of our late member includes two days of scale, old timer and combat flying with prizes being awarded to first, second and third in each category. Lunch and breakfast will be catered for over the course of the two days. So come along and be a part of a great weekend of flying!
For more information on the event please contact: Club President - Nick Welburn 07 4927 2714 or visit www.rmac.org.au.
Expressions of interest for the following positions are being taken for : SFI, R/C Administrator C/L Administrator . Some of the requirements for SFI would be: An accomplished pilot. A passion to teach. Prepared to learn MOPS applicable to flight training. Good computer skills with a knowledge of word and e-mails Good communication skills both verbal and written. Prepared to travel around the State on an as required basis. Free time to attend to administration matters. This is also a position on the MAAQ Committee with attendance to meetings required as well as being involved in the day to day workings. With this position you would also be the Queensland delegate on the MAAA flight training committee which requires e-mail correspondence on a regular basis. Training will be provided, all out of pocket expenses are covered, a laptop with internet goes with the position along with a small honorarium. If this is you, then please contact the Secretary. email@example.com
A series of photos showing Marty Pughs KA8 . From the kit box to the finished model of the KA8.
MAAA NEWSLETTER 05/2011 President: Mike Close, PO Box 146, West Pennant Hills NSW 2125 Telephone: 02 9872 6469 Fax: 02 9871 0408 Vice President: Paul Winter 25 Jasmine Drive Mill Park VIC 3082 Telephone: 03 9436 0717 Secretary: Kevin Dodd, 16 Illidge Rd Victoria Point QLD 4165 Telephone: 07 3207 9067 Fax: 07 3207 8175 Treasurer: Brian Dowie, PO Box 5137 Cheltenham East VIC 3192 Comp. Rules Ross Cant, PO Box 670 Mount Lawley WA 6929 Secretary: Telephone 0404 634 366 MAAA Internet: www.maaa.asn.au Congratulations In October at the FAI General Conference held in Belgrade, Mike Close was elected as FAI Vice President (Australia).At the recently held ASAC Annual Board Meeting, Mike Close was also re-elected as ASAC President. Concessional Membership From 1 January 2012, a person who has not been an MAAA member the previous membership year is entitled to half MAAA fees. Current MAAA Rules require that any person who was a member in 2010-2011 shall still pay the full fee. Clubs should note that this Concessional Membership is only available to new members and those who have not been affiliated since 1July 2010. Outcomes from Reported Incidents The latest Incident Reports have indicated several different areas where members need to be vigilant. In the first case, as a modeller was refuelling a grass mower, the spout on the fuel container broke apart, spraying fuel into his face and left eye. Safety eye protection was being worn, however the fuel splashed under the rim of the glasses. The eye was washed immediately and medical attention sought. This incident highlights the benefits of members having some basic knowledge of first aid. The second case involves a modeller launching an electric powered pusher type aircraft. On launch the propeller lacerated the modellerâ€™s hand. Looking at corrective actions, the club suggested that similar designed models should be launched by the wing tip. In closing this incident out, it was noted that the method proposed may be applied to some models but was not appropriate for all pusher style aircraft, but the danger is real and has to be considered. In the last incident the model was suitably restrained, however while getting to his feet after starting the engine, the modeller stumbled. In doing so he swung his hand out into the spinning propeller. In closing this incident out, the merits in the actions by the club indicating they will conduct a training course on a safe way for members to become upright after kneeling to start engines was noted. It is also important that everyone is aware of the possible reduced mobility of older members within our clubs and that assistance is offered where needed. 65th MAAA Nationals Aeromodellers of Western Australia (AWA) will be hosting the 65th Nationals in Perth from 12 -20 April 2012. The central point for the Nationals will be the Whiteman Park Flying Field Complex with a number of other events being run at several other locations to the south and north of Perth. Event Program and Entry Forms are available from the MAAA website www.maaa.asn.au Frequently Asked Questions The Frequently Asked Questions page on the MAAA website www.maaa.asn.au is now broken up into three sections, one for general questions the second relating to questions and answers regarding 2.4GHz equipment and the third dealing with Insurance. The intention of the FAQ page is to provide members and prospective members with easy access to typical, everyday information, which may or may not be Page 18 contained within the MOPs. It is regularly expanded and updated as we get feedback from members.
State Flying Instructor Conference At the Conference held in October it was agreed that MAAA adopt a universal Instructor’s Course for a trial period of 2 years. The structure of the course will be based on the current MAS NSW style with ideas from all states to be considered for incorporation into the final version of the course. The SFIs were asked to agree as a starting point for all future MAAA Flight Training discussions, the role that it fulfils in the development of flying skills. The following three items were documented, and it was also agreed that the points be inserted in any relevant documents 1. Purpose of MAAA Flight Instruction To assist in the development of a student’s flying skills in a new flight category to the point where they are able to fly a basic model of that type safely by themselves, coupled with the knowledge of the CASA, MAAA and club requirements, and to achieve this result as quickly and safely as is practical; to be followed by assisting in progress to Gold Wings as requested. 2. Role of MAAA Instructors To have been trained in appropriate techniques for effective flight instruction to support flight instruction at club level and through example and mentoring to increase the level of competence of others carrying out flight instruction at a club level. 3. Purpose of the MAAA Wings Scheme To establish the MAAA acceptable standard to be competent to fly a basic model aircraft flight category without minimum supervision, and provide an incentive for pilots to develop their basic skills to a higher level before, or whilst, pursuing their individual interests. 2012 F5D Electric World Championships – Romania QMARA, on behalf of the Electric Subcommittee wish to advise that they intend to conduct an F5D electric pylon racing team selection event for the 2012 World Champs. The date will be 25-26 February 2012 and the venue will be the Dalby Model Aero Club field (Queensland). The selection will be conducted over the 2 days with 9 rounds flown and will be held in conjunction with other racing classes which will be advised. International competitors to this event are also welcome. Standard entry fee $20.00. For further information contact Bruce DeChastel at ‘Big Bruce Racing Products’ firstname.lastname@example.org 2013 F3B Team Trial Organiser: Mike O'Reilly Format: single event team trial, with the scores calculated as per World Cup rankings method. Location: SSL Park, Nine Mile Road, Milang SA Dates: March 23-25 2012 $50 entry fee for all competitors, plus $50 aspirant fee will be required and held in trust for the selected team. 2013 Free Flight Team Trials The schedule for multi team trials as shown: Queensland State Championships Dalby F1c 10 March Dalby F1a 21 April Dalby F1b 22 April New South Wales State Championships Springhurst 29 Sept-1 Oct F1a, F1b, F1c
Victoria State Championships Springhurst 10-12 March F1a, F1b, F1c Western Australia State Championships Meckering 2-4 June F1a, F1b,F1c Special WA Trial Meckering 21-22 April F1a, F1b, F1c W A 65th Nationals 12-20 April As programmed F1a, F1b, F1c Southern Cross Cup Narrandera NSW 2-3 April as programmed AFFS Championships Narrandera NSW 4-8 April as programmed 2012 F3A Asia Oceanic Continental Championship The Trial will be run in accordance with the current F3A rules at the Australian Masters, Valley Radio Flyers field Shepparton Victoria on the weekend of 10 -12 of March 2012. There is no extra entry fee required, only entry to the Masters competition. Only MAAA members are eligible to represent Australia. The contest will be run by the Australian Pattern Association contest director Henry Hutchinson. World / Continental Championships and Trans Tasman Events Calendar 2012 EVENT Awarded to F1D Serbia – Belgrade Dates: 9 to 14 Aug F2A, F2B, F2C, F2D Bulgaria – Primorsko Dates: August/September F3J South Africa – Rustenburg Dates: 29 July – 5 August F4C Spain – Santa Cilia Airfield Dates: 3 – 12 August F5B, F5D Romania – Buzau Dates: 7 – 15 September Space Models Slovakia – Liptovsky Mikulas Dates: 31 August 9 September F3A Asia – Oceanic Philippines – Bacolod City Dates: 6 – 12 May F3C Asia – Oceanic Offers Invited F1 Trans Tasman Location TBA Dates: Easter 2013 EVENT Awarded to F1 A,B & C France – Dates: 3 – 10 August F3A South Africa – Dates: 15 – 25 August F3B Germany – Dates: 1 – 11 August F3C/N Poland – Dates: TBA F3D Netherlands – Dates: TBA F3K Offers Invited
1920’s Hawker Cygnet 1/5 scale - electric plan is available from RCM&E
C.L.A.S. CONTEST CALENDAR 2012 DATE Sunday 19th February
CLUB SAT Ashford Road, Milperra
EVENT F2B Aerobatics
Sunday 19th February
Diesel G/Year, Sabre Trainer and 2.5 Diesel Speed
3rd and 4th March
MDMAS. (Mitchell Hill, Muswellbrook)
2012 HUNTER VALLEY CHAMPIONSHIPS. Contact Mark Godfrey on
10th-12th March TBC
S.A. Venues. Monarto/Callington TBC.
S.A. STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS.
Mobile: 0408 681 074
Sunday, 18th March
Brendan Farrell 500
Saturday 24th March
Combined Speed. (Contact Ron Blomberry for details. Ph: 9956 5952 )
Sunday, 25th March
Phantom, Vintage A, Vinyage B, Diesel G/Y and Bendix. F2B Aerobatics
Sunday, 1st April
65th MAAA NATIONALS
Sunday, 15th April
Diesel G/Year, Sabre and 2.5 Diesel Speed F2B Aerobatics
Sunday 15th April
Doonside (Whalan Reserve)
VMAA (CLAMF and KMAC)
VICTORIAN STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS.
28th and 29th April
MDMAS. ( Mitchell Hill Muswellbrook )
VETERANS' GATHERING. Contact Phil Thicthener. 0407 725 981 or Simon Bishop on 0429 453 286
Sunday 27th May
9th, 10th,11th June
CLAS. Whalan Reserve TBC
CLAS. NSW C/L STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS.
QUEENSLAND STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS.Contact Lindsay Price.
23rd and 24th June
"OLD PHARTZ and FRIENDS" VINTAGE WEEkEND. Fred Pearson. Ph:6653 2997
Sunday, 1st July
AGM and Club Race
Sunday, 5th August
Sunday 12th August
Diesel Goodyear,Sabre Racing & 2.5 Diesel Speed.
Sunday 26th August
Sunday, 9th September
Sunday, 16th September
Warbirds and Fun Fly. Contact Ian Smith 02 4975 2292.
Long weekend Oct
NSW. Venue Twin Cities, Albury
CLAS.NSW C/L STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS. (F2A, F2C )
Sunday 7th October
GORDON BURFORD DAY (Details TBA)
Saturday, 27th October
Combined Speed. (Contact Ron Blomberry Ph: 9956 5952)
Sunday, 28th October
Phantom, Vintage A,Vintage B, Bendix T/R and Diesel G/Y
Sunday 4th November
SAT (Ashford Road, Milperra)
Sunday, 4th November
Combat. 1.6cc, Slow and Vintage.
Sunday 13th November
Combined Speed (contact Ron Blomberry for details Ph: 9956 5952)
Sunday 18th November
NACA at CCMAC at Rutley's Road
Cardinal Stunt and Classic Stunt.( I.Smith Ph:024975 2292 )
Mannering Park Sunday, 25th November
Vintage T/R and Diesel Goodyear
Sunday, 2nd December
kMFC CHRISTMAS PARTY
Sunday 9th December
Doonside. (Whalan Reserve)
CCMACkMFC NACA SATSSME MDMAS DOONSIDE-
(Rutley's Road, Mannering park.) (Ku-ring-gai Model Flying Club) - St. Ives Showground, Mona Vale Rd, St. Ives. (Northern Area Contest Aeromodellers) - CCMAC Hunter Sports H.S.,Pacific Hwy, Gateshead. at Rutley's Rd, Mannering Park) (Sydney Aeromodelling Team) - "Duck Pond", Ashford Road, Milperra. (Sydney Society of Model Engineers) - Model Park, Luddenham Rd, Luddenham. (Muswellbrook District Model Aero Sports Inc.) - Mitchell Hill Field, New England Hwy, Muswellbrook (To be held at Baseball Diamond, Whalan Reserve)
Queensland Pattern Association resurgence in activities for 2012 Just to bring all up to date with the current situation with the Queensland Pattern Association. Over the last few months of the 2011 season it was tough on the existing Committee to Manage Competitions - this came about for many reasons some of which were changes in individuals activities in their family life - also with the Global Financial Crisis costs were influencing their abilities to participate. It was apparent to some of us "hardcore" old F3A fliers that the wheels had fallen off or were about to so I guess someone had to step up. As a retiree and a member of the National Committee (APA) I have opportunity without too much drama to get the Competitions back happening. The best thing has been the responses from the various clubs that I have contacted, their willingness to help in any way possible has been fantastic, a credit to the State Association. Our Calendar is listed on the new APA web Site http://www.australianpatternassociation.com.au/ However this is the how we stand at the moment: Feb 25-26th Tin Can Bay - warm-up for the new PO13 schedule demo's in the am Saturday - Competition for Sportsman/Advanced/Expert/f3A PM and Sunday April 21-22nd Maryborough - Competition for Sportsman/Advanced/Expert/f3A - 2 Days with 5 rounds July 7-8th Bundaberg - State QPFA championships - Competition for Sportsman/Advanced/Expert/f3A - trophy's awarded August 25-26th Dalby - Competition for Sportsman/Advanced/Expert/f3A October 20-21 Toowoomba - Competition for Sportsman/Advanced/Expert/f3A David Carkeek National secretary APA
NEWS FLASH RE USE OF ELECTRIC MODELS IN COMPETITION (obtained from APA web site) At the recent European Championships the below domestic rules were enforced and these rules have now been put forward to be included as part of the permanent F3A rules. All pilots of electric models should immediately make sure their models comply. 1. For electric powered models, the electric power circuit(s) must not be physically connected, before the competitor is instructed to start his 8- minutes flight time and must be physically disconnected right after landing. This means simply that electric motors should not be connected to power until they are in the ready box and asked to do so by the line director. 2. The propulsion system(s) must automatically shut-off or fully idle at the moment an R/C signal failure should occur. (Closed throttle in fail safe). And, this means that all fliers using electric models must have their fail safe programmed to cut the throttle to zero (including idle) if there is a break in transmission or severe interference. We will be introducing a rule at the next rules change opportunity that states: All electric models flown at APA sanctioned events must have an external means of connection and disconnection of power. Page 22
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HELI TALK Are you thinking about purchasing your first rc heli? Take a couple minutes see what the experts have to say about choices. A lot of people will recommend that you buy a large heli to start with like a .30 gasser. Most of these people will be old school and have flown for years. In the last couple of years heli brands and creators have really come up with some great innovation and precision for smaller helicopters and at a much better price. The answer to this question will depend on many factors. How much you are willing to spend and how seriously you want to get into the hobby. Radio’s with programming for much better accuracy can run from 100-500 dollars on average alone. If you are a beginner and too scared to try something with a lot of power and just want to fly indoors for the fun of it. I recommend the E-sky Lama4 or Twister coaxial heli’s. If you wish to pursue helicopters on a greater level outdoors the E-sky Honey Bee FP2 are great heli’s to start out with. I generally always recommend the 3rd option to people, simply buying a ready to fly 6 channel fully 3d capable helicopter and flying it in normal mode to learn on. This allows for you to expand and pursue 3d flying and more power options in the future. For these I would recommend Art-tech Falcon, E-sky Honey bee king v2, or the E-flite Blade 400. Like always it’s best to start with a computer simulator to begin with and progress from there. A simulator can also help determine what style of helicopter will be best suited for you to start with. COST AND BEST BUYS OF RC HELICOPTERS Nowadays, there is an increase in the number of people showing interest in the RC helicopter flying, and this in turn is becoming an addiction to them. However, what bothers so many of us is the compatibility of each model and their cost and reliability. We often wonder as to how we can do the best purchase and never be at loss. Page 26
Many of us have been through the frustration and anger of not getting what we want. When we visit the dealer for an RC helicopter, we usually opt for flashy looking copter with the impression that they look great while in the air. Nevertheless, we fail to understand that it is not in the looks, but in it’s built and brand lies the secret. The RC helicopters come in many forms. Some come in as fully assembled; where in we do not have to make any changes in the configuration. Some come in parts. In this case, we will require much help from the manual, the internet or some professional to assemble the parts perfectly. Below is a list of prices and guidelines for costs of the RC helicopters that run by electric or fuel power. The prices listed here are the complete inclusion of all the components including the batteries, gyro, engine, etc. The prices listed here are approximate and they could vary or fall between the exact ranges as listed below depending upon the trends. Many hobby shops are ready to give discounts on the complete set. Fuel Power ¨ The Mid Sized Nitro RC copter – More than $1200.00 ¨ The Large Nitro RC copter- More than $2000.00 ¨ The Gas RC copter – More than $3000.00 ¨ The Turbine RC copter – More than $9000.00 Electric Power ¨ The Micro Coaxial Hobby Grade RC copter – approx. $100.00 – $200.00 ¨ The Small Single Rotor Hobby Grade – More than $300.00 ¨ The Mid Sized Single Rotor Hobby Grade – More than $900.00 ¨ The Large Single Rotor Hobby Grade – More than $1500.00 It is advisable not to go for copters, which are pre-owned. Instead,manufacturers are luring people in to the packages where in they can save their money and time. The most popular among the RC copter brands are the Thunder Tiger Raptor 50 and E Flite Blade 400 & 450 sizes
How Do We Choose the Best Helicopter? Nowadays, a large number of people are tuning in and showing an interest in the RC helicopter flying like never before. Hence, it is challenge for most of them, as they are unable to distinguish between right and wrong. This job of choosing the right model has turned even more difficult with lots of junk in this category. Once again, we see people come in with dilemma as whether to choose an inexpensive helicopter with fixed pitch, so that they can learn on it. New advanced helicopter can be purchased once we out grow the old one. The second thought is if we will have to buy a quality helicopter with better pitch and we can grow with the fun of learning. Considering all the odds, it is better if we can buy the quality helicopter with better pitch even if we are a newbie to the “heliflying “hobby. The reason is simple- We will not out grow the quality in collective pitch within a span of few weeks. In addition, we can save time and money. The helicopter-flying hobby is quite expensive. Hence, we should decide on choosing to buy the best. Opting the best does not mean we should go for extravagant looking copters or rather cheap ones. These kinds of copters are of no worth in terms of functionalities or fun. People who have been through this have cried foul and been through frustration as they invested their money in this poor quality flashy looking eye candy. All we have to check is a better flight performance rather than its looks. For this, it is advisable to go for the Single Rotor. This is a collective pitch copter, which is best for anybody from a beginner to pro. Cautions ¨ It is better if we stayed away from the single rotor collective pitch copter with rotors having electric tails. They are difficult to learn. Instead, we can go for either the belt driven or tail rotors driven by shaft with changeable pitch. Conclusion Three very best copters recommended for buys here. ¨ The first one is E-flite Blade MSR, which is a very small helicopter and is micro electric. ¨ The second is a X-Cell 40 helicopter which is manufactured by The Miniature Aircraft USA. ¨ The strongest growth we see nowadays is the single rotor in the 400 class electric. For this kind, the E-Flite’s Blade 400 and the newer Blade 450 is the best choice.
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A message from the President. With the New Year well under way I would like to welcome all new members who have helped make this the largest membership year ever and it still has until the end of June to go. Last years membership was overtaken in early January. Recently the MAAQ executive and interested members attended an inaugural meeting at the new Wondai State field. The field is an unregistered aerodrome with very little traffic and is owned by the South Burnett Council. A plan to develop a runway suitable for large Aircraft along with a maintenance programme was discussed. It is envisaged that this field will be open to all MAAQ affiliates and Special interest groups no matter what their field of interest is. This is the first field in Queensland to be managed by the MAAQ and we will be part of a user group to manage the aerodrome on behalf of the Council. Wondai is about 3 hours North West of Brisbane and will service many members well into the future. The MAAQ Executive is always on the lookout for areas that we can develop for the future of Aeromodelling and would like to hear from any one with information about suitable sites we can lease, particularly land closer to Brisbane. With the advent of Telemetry being available at affordable prices many modellers may be seeking an area to practice FPV (first person view), return to home and SGMA (self guided model aircraft) once the rules are finalised by the MAAA to cover this type of flying and Wondai would be the perfect place to experiment with this technology. Finally it was most disappointing to have our Senior Flying Instructor resign recently as he has been a very passionate advocate for flight training both in this State and more recently in his capacity as MAAA CFI and will be missed for some time to come. Michael also held the positions of Education delegate for the MAAA a task which he carried out with enthusiasm and RC Administrator. Michael has served 8 years on the MAAQ Committee in various roles which is a long time for any one to volunteer their services, particularly in areas so time consuming. Michael has a passion for all things Historical and was responsible for providing the articles on the MAAQ web site. The Committee wishes Michael every success in his future endeavours and hope he enjoys more flying time now that he is not committed to the MAAQ.
L-R:State Secretary Brian McWilliam, SFI Mike Snaibaitis, State Treasurer Barry McDonald, & Free Flight Administrator Ted Burfein admire the facilities at Wondai . Photo on right shows the area to be utilized . Page 29
2012 EVENTS CALENDAR Check out the New Zealanders web site across the ditch for an insight into what they have been up to. Visit www.modelflyingnz.org JAN 28-29
TIN CAN BAY HELI FUN FLY
PYLON RACING AT BUNDABERG
ROBBO’S WINGS OVER THE DOWNS FLOOD RELIEF FUN FLY AT T.A.A. (POSTPONED DUE TO WEATHER)
MAAQ GENERAL MEETING AT CHERMSIDE LIBRARY
F5D ELECTRIC PYLON TEAM SELECTION AT DALBY (DMAC)
24-26 HELI HEATWAVE 2012 AT WAGGA WAGGA visit www.heliheatwave.org.au 25-26 MARCH
QPFA PATTERN COMPETITION - Sportsman, advanced,expert,F3a at Tin Can Bay
INSTRUCTOR COURSE AT TOWNSVILLE MARCH MADNESS HELI FUN-FLY AT DALBY
DALBY COMBINED DISCIPLINES NOSTALGIC FUN FLY CONTROL LINE,FREE FLIGHT ,R/C & INDOOR AT DALBY DMAC AERO TOWING DAY AT TARMAC ELECTRIC FLY IN AT TARMAC
24 25 APRIL 1 TAA CHARITY AIRSHOW AT TAA (TOOWOOMBA AEROMODELLERS ASSOCIATION) 15 (SUNDAY ) RAAID FUN FLY & SWAP 15 UNUSUAL MODEL DAY AT TINGALPA 21-22
QPFA PATTERN COMP AT MARYBOROUGH 2 days 5 rounds
MAAQ GENERAL MEETING AT CHERMSIDE LIBRARY
DALBY MAY FLY IN AT DALBY (DMAC) TERRY PHILLIPSON MEMORIAL COMP AT ROCKHAMPTON
JUNE 08-11 AMPRA AUSTRALIAN PYLON RACING CHAMPS TEAM SELECTION AT MARYBOROUGH 09-11
WARBIRDS AT BUNDABERG
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CONTROL LINE STATE CHAMPS , SOCIAL WEEKEND & FREEFLIGHT SOCIAL WEEKEND AT MARYBOROUGH
28-30, 1ST JULY JETS OVER FRASER COAST WEEKEND AT MARYBOROUGH JULY 7-8
QPFA PATTERN STATE CHAMPS AT BUNDABERG. Sportsman, Advanced, Expert, F3a.
MAAQ GENERAL MEETING AT CHERMSIDE LIBRARY
ASAA/IMAC STATE CHAMPS AT MARYBOROUGH
25-26 QPFA PATTERN COMP AT DALBY . Sportsman, Advanced, Expert, F3A. OCT 20-21
WARBIRDS WEEKEND AT MARYBOROUGH
20-21 QPFA PATTERN COMP AT TARMAC . Sportsman, Advanced, Expert,F3A. NOV 10
MAAQ GENERAL MEETING AT CHERMSIDE LIBRARY
65th Nationals in Western Australia information can be obtained from the web site: www.aeromodellerswa.info/nationals/index.html Australian Pattern Association : www.australianpatternassociation.com.au
World / Continental Championships and Trans Tasman Events Calendar
EVENT Awarded to F2A, F2B, F2C, F2D Bulgaria – Primorsko Dates: August/September F3J South Africa – Rustenburg Dates: 29 July – 5 August F4C Spain – Santa Cilia Airfield Dates: 3 – 12 August F5B, F5D Romania – Buzau Dates: 7 – 15 September Space Models Slovakia – Liptovsky Mikulas Dates: 31 August 9 September F3A Asia – Oceanic Philippines – Bacolod City Dates: 6 – 12 May F3C Asia – Oceanic Offers Invited F1 Trans Tasman Location TBA Dates: Easter
EVENT Awarded to F1 A,B & C France – Dates: 3 – 10 August F3A South Africa – Dates: 15 – 25 August F3B Germany – Dates: 1 – 11 August F3C/N Poland – Dates: TBA F3D Netherlands – Dates: TBA F3K Offers Invited Page 31
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LASER CUTTING PLAN SCANNING & PRINTING Wolf Models now has a wide format plan printing and scanning service available. All plans are sent rolled, not folded, in a mailing tube. Up to 36â€? or 914mm wide by whatever length needed, as it is a roll printer. Our laser is now up and running for cutting short kits or ribs for your new project. Very reasonable prices with a quick turnaround time. We can either work with your CAD files, or email me your PDF or TIFF images and we will convert them in Autocad for the laser to use, and also print off a copy for building from. If you only have paper plans then send them to us and we will scan into our system. Your plans will be returned undamaged and we can print a new set if you need them. Our laser has a 1300 x 1200 bed with pass through capabilities, so the maximum length we can cut is 2300mm. Big models. Check our website regularly for an update of plans we have in stock. Call us now for an approximate price, or send your plans for an exact quote.
M.A.A.Q. Executive and Office Bearers President: Robin Klau Vice Pres: Craig McKenzie
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Treasurer: Barry McDonald
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P.R.O. Officer: Doug Moody
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R/C Admin/SFI Southern & CFI Aust/Education : vacant
Airflow Editor: Doug Moody.
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F/F Admin: Ted Burfein
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C/L Admin: Vacant