OFFICIAL NEWSLETTER OF THE MODEL AERONAUTICAL ASSOCIATION OF QUEENSLAND
John Taylor with his “Sidewinder” jet at the WA Nationals IN THIS ISSUE: EVENTS CALENDAR 2012, MAAA NEWSLETTER 01/12, A TRIP TO THE NATIONALS IN WESTERN AUSTRALIA.
From the Editor
W elcome to the second quarter of Airflow for the year. The year has started off with the resignation of the SFI Mike Snabaitis, and the Control Line Administrator Lindsay Price and
the subsequent replacement officers - Jeff Linton SFI , Kerry Ewart Control line Administrator and Eddie Otto as the RC administrator. This is the first time in some 6 years or more that the MAAQ has a full contingent of committee members holding separate positions all at the one time apart from one which is the PRO. I guess time will tell after the AGM in August as to who will be returning to their posts. Considering that we are now well into the new millennium it is difficult to believe that certain aspects of the MAAQ are not thriving in this modern environment. Sure we have the use of modern technology such as sophisticated computers and other research and communications methods. We can now go online and look up just about any topic or event from anywhere in the world and download a wealth of information at the click of a button. Not content with that, we can send a letter in an instant or pick up the phone and ring just about anyone, anywhere. With that in mind, then why do some of us still act in ways which show little regard for our fellow person or their wants and needs? Why do some people feel that they are the only ones with a valid opinion and hence the only one who has the correct answer to everything. With all the change that is taking place in the world on a daily basis, why then are some people not able to change the way they think? Not able to see someone else’s point of view? Not able to compromise? I don’t know why! There two examples of this : one was the actions of two members of a Brisbane club at the last MAAQ General meeting did just that. One person in particular took a very personal view to our newly elected SFI of which was deplorable, despicable,unwarranted and low act to pull on another member at a meeting; and then attack the President as well . This has been the first time that I have encountered an act like this in my 15 years or more while on the MAAQ committee. This type of unsavory conduct is not welcome in any future meetings. Two: In the last few years a number of people have put their Heart and Souls into promoting Control Line. For the first time to the best of my knowledge, we had an opportunity to take the State Champs up North and let others join in. An opportunity for Control Line in Queensland to gain some solidarity. There has been some confusion as to whether the control line state champs would to be run in its full entirety or not. Unfortunately the same can’t be said for the events which are scheduled to be held at Maryborough. This is where the bulk of the damage has been done and it is unlikely to recover in time to be successful. The Fun Fly weekend will go ahead as usual with all members invited to attend. Further in this edition you can find the revised listing of events being held at various fields here in the south east. On a brighter note,a success story of one of the Old timer events held down south recently . Texaco & Duration event were very well attended with over 20 flyers making the fly off’s. The recent electric day at Tarmac was also well attended with some flyers coming from Northern NSW and from Brisbane. Flyers have been making the effort, despite the economy and the cost of petrol, to attend many of these events over great distances. Makes it all worthwhile. Doug
MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT In the last issue I made mention of the resignation of our SFI and I am now pleased to welcome Jeff Linton to this position along with a new CL administrator Kerry Ewart and RC administrator Eddie Otto. Please make these people welcome at your field as without volunteers there can be no clubs or indeed a State Association. Recently the Treasurer, Secretary and I attended the MAAA annual conference in Sydney where for the first time in 14 years we elected a new President. Paul Winter who was the VP, got the nod and Neil Tank President of MASA, was voted in as VP. The most significant event for June will be the Instructors course being held on the 16th and 17th with 26 or so students now registered. Due to the numbers both LARCS and Hinterland fields will be used for the afternoon practical sessions. During the first year of my Presidency a survey was run but due to the standing down of the PRO at the next election the results were never collated and released. Thanks to the efforts of Doug Moody some of those results are now available to us. Here are 3 questions with the most common responses from the 120 who replied with more following in later issues of the Airflow. 1. What is the best thing you like about your flying field: The people. 2. What is the worst thing about your field: Lack of facilities particularly a toilet. 3. In a few words, what do you think the MAAQ does: Most people had an understanding of the role MAAQ plays, but there were several negative replies along the lines of nothing much, take our money, reacts rather than leads. Given that was when I first took over, I hope this perception is beginning to change because like it or not the structure was set up many years ago and without a State body it would be difficult to obtain your MAAA insurance and other services. One of the initiatives I put in place was to send out a Bulletin each month directly to our member clubs so that this magazine was not filled up with reports rather than modelling news. Most club Secretaries have been forwarding this information to itâ€™s members but I was extremely disappointed to hear a club Secretary recently say he has not been releasing the information to his members on the grounds he did not think it his duty to do so. There has now been 19 Bulletins sent out and all are on our website if you wish to view them. I have announced in the last Bulletin that I will not seek re-nomination in August and that the Secretary will also not be standing leaving the way open for some new blood to come on to the committee. The Vice President will also not be standing due to his change in employment. Changes within my family recently is behind this decision along with disruptive influences from the past and I felt it important that the President should be totally focussed in providing service and growing the organization. For further reading on my decision please refer to Bulletin 19. The organization is much bigger than any one person and I know under new leadership life at MAAQ will continue. Thank you to all those members who have made Brian and I welcome wherever we travelled. May your travels be fruitful. Robin Klau. Page 3
MAAA responds to claims MOP ‘duds rural communities’
The MAAA thanks the Editor of Radio Control Model News for the opportunity to respond to the article ‘MOP amendment duds rural communities’, published in the March-April edition of Radio Control Model News magazine (RCMN Article), albeit two months later. The MAAA is concerned that the Editor, by publishing a one sided assessment in a widely read bi-monthly model magazine, has provided the public, as well as MAAA members, with a subjective view which has the potential to complicate and confuse the situation. The MAAA certainly does not fear debate associated with its activities but is keen to ensure a balanced presentation of the facts. In the RCMN article, the Editor referred to an MAAA ‘Education Document’ but neglected to include the reasons for the changes to MOP019 contained in it. These reasons have been widely circulated to MAAA State Associations and through them to clubs and members and they will be reiterated in this response. The MAAA agrees that Displays are magnificent opportunities for both model aviation and the community. Over the years the holding of Displays of all types has provided great benefits including: raising funds, whether for charity or otherwise, enjoyment for the participants, model aviation shown as a spectacle, or inspiring the next generation of model fliers. The MAAA, State Associations, clubs and members totally support these activities. However, it is obviously important for Displays to be conducted in a safe and professional manner. It is disappointing, but illustrates the lack of balance, that the RCMN article did not acknowledge the role of the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) in the regulation of model aviation. Additionally, the MAAA is concerned about the reference to a draft letter from CASA devolving all responsibility to the MAAA. The MAAA is not aware of any such letter being issued and does not believe this is CASA policy – we query whether CASA was quoted out of context? CASA is the Federal Government Regulator for civil aviation, including model aviation. The Civil Aviation Regulations (CASA CASR) 1998 PART 101 are Federal legislation. They apply throughout Australia including to the MAAA and strict liability penalties can be applied by CASA for failure to comply with their Regulations. CASA Regulations Part G 101.140 covers public flying displays. The safety standards required by CASA are: (c) he or she [the director of a display] ensures that: (i) having regard to the events making up the display, proper precautions are taken for the safety of the participants and spectators; and (ii) the operators participating in the display are competent to carry out each proposed manoeuvre safely. One of the drivers for change to the MOP was MAAA’s concern that the reference in the previous version of the MOP to ‘Gold Wings’ was being incorrectly interpreted by some as being the only mandatory requirement for pilot competence. The Gold Wings standard cannot, by itself, ensure the Part 101 Regulations are met because: o it is not subject to reassessment over time o it can be achieved with most trainer style aircraft of modest size, speed and capability o it gives no indication of a pilot’s ability to safely fly a faster, larger, more sensitive or less stable aircraft that may be under his command at the Display © MAAA
05 March 2012
MODEL AERONAUTICAL ASSOCIATION OF AUSTRALIA INC. Newsletter NO. 01/2012 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 Manual of Procedures The Manual of Procedures is a “live” document and is continually being updated. Please check the MAAA web site from time to time to ensure that you are aware of the latest editions of the documents. The MAAA has recently released the following new and amended document in the Manual of Procedures: MOP058 2.4GHz Equipment. Acceptance of the OrangeRX by Hextronik compatible receivers. A note was added in limitations to say 'See 3.8 and see guidance but note that the 6 channel version is considered 'reduced range' even if fitted with satellite receivers'. MAAA Helicopter Instructor Manual A recent addition to the MAAA website www.maaa.asn.au is the MAAA Helicopter Instructor Manual. This manual is in electronic format only. Australian Model Aircraft Flying Display Requirements There has been debate recently on the above subject and there is clearly some lack of understanding within the MAAA Membership of the total requirement for the conduct of Model Aircraft Flying Displays. All Commonwealth Regulations (including Acts of Parliament) will override State Laws, and all of these will take absolute precedence over any MAAA MOP. For Public Displays the Commonwealth Regulation is in CASR 1998 Part 101 and the MAAA cannot vary either the requirement or the responsibility. To clarify this situation the MAAA, with support and assistance from CASA, released two documents to the State Associations to be distributed to all Clubs and Members. Both these documents titled: Australian Model Aircraft Flying Display Requirements and MOP019 and ‘Ensure’ can be found on the front page of the MAAA website at www.maaa.asn.au Other documents may become available since this Newsletter was written. Outcomes from Reported Incidents The latest Incident Reports have indicated several different areas where members need to be vigilant. The equipment container door at one Club would not close to lock. While a member was adjusting the lock, another member closed the container door, catching the member’s finger in the door resulting in the top of a finger being removed. This incident highlights the need for a risk assessment to be carried out on club equipment and facilities. If found not to be operating satisfactorily or in an unsafe condition then the repairs should be made straight away before one of the members is injured resulting in a possible insurance claim. In another incident the club was in the process of renovating the club facilities including the walkways. A visitor suffered minor injuries when he tripped on one of these walkways. This incident identified the specific risk to the Club and prompted immediate work in this area. The club is to be congratulated on their immediate response. Page 5
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 contained within the MOPs. A recent addition to the FAQ is ‘I am concerned that if my club promotes a flying event in any way this may bring it under the Display Procedure in MOP019’? The answer can be found on the FAQ page at www.maaa.asn.au 2012 MAAA Council Conference The 2012 Council Conference will be held on Saturday & Sunday, 19 - 20 May 2012 at the Stamford Plaza Sydney Airport, cnr Robey & O’Riordan Street, Mascot NSW. The Conference commences at 9:00am each day and is programmed to conclude at 4:30pm on the Sunday. Observers are welcome to attend and should contact the Federal Secretary prior to the weekend for details regarding the conduct of Conference. 2013 F3D Pylon Team Trials AMPRA, in conjunction with the MAAA Pylon Subcommittee, will be running the team selection process for the 2013 World Championships to be held in the Netherlands. It is intended to follow the same process used for all previous F3D selection trials - that is, multiple trials. The selection process will be based on the best 2 scores of each competitor’s 3 trial events. The following team trial events will be held: The AMPRA championships, Maryborough QLD, June 2012. State Championship events in Victoria or Queensland; these events are all scheduled to be run in the August to October 2012 period. The third team trial will be a special trial event as a replacement for the Nationals at a suitable time to be held in Cohuna Vic, between September and November 2012. Full details of the team selection process are published on the AMPRA web site as part of the general rules for pylon racing in Australia. ampra.org.au 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 WA 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. 2013 F4A (Scale) Trans Tasman Challenge Team Trials NSWFFS Free Flight Scale Rally at Richmond July 7th-8th, 2012 will be used as a one - off team trial. Places from the F4A category at this event will be the basis for 2013- Trans Tasman Challenge team places. 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: 25 Aug to 1 Sept 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 Dates: Narrandera Easter 2012 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
Peter Pine with his impressive big glider at TARMAC Electric fun fly recently. Top photo Pretty RV4- electric of course - owner unknown . Page 8
Hang on to it David !!. Peter Pine applies the electrons to spin that great big folding prop before launching .David Morgan launching . Above: Two happy flyers
Above: Jeremy Morley with his Sebach 3421 at Tarmac electric fun Fly recently. Left: Trevor Theodore and his electric powered jet.
Left: Peter Love with Electrified Panther ducted fan jet . This collection of photos were kindly provided by Peter Pine while attending the Electric Fun Fly at TARMAC recently.
Siggy Schleid with his electric glider at Tarmac Electric fun Fly recently.
Aviation Pioneers- Sopwith . Extracted from a book review Perhaps it’s a failing of old age, but learning how all the little pieces fit together seems to give me a great deal of pleasure—for as long as I can remember what those pieces were. I’d guess that anyone who loves aeroplanes would have a passing knowledge of the types designed and used on all sides during the First World War. When it comes to naming a few of the British manufacturers, I’d have to further guess that “Sopwith” would head the list with their “Camel” being one of the most recognized types during the conflict. Yet after the war, Sopwith seemed to suddenly disappear; why? In great detail (but without footnotes, or endnotes), Bramson’s book tells how Tom Sopwith taught himself to fly in a Howard Wright Avis monoplane (no connection to the US Wright brothers) and on November 10, 1910, after just one crash, was awarded Aviator’s Certificate No 31. This was not his first encounter with flight. In 1906 at the age of 18, he had bought and operated a hot air balloon, having earlier made several balloon flight in the company of one Charles Rolls (yes, that Rolls). After gaining his Aviator’s Certificate, Tom Sopwith decided to earn money by entering the numerous contests, races, trials etc which offered cash prizes. In this he was successful, gaining several records in the process, first in England, then the USA (where he attracted the ire and litigious leanings of the Wright Brothers and had to buy a Wright Model B to appease them). Returning to England cashed up, he opened a flying school at Brooklands where over the next two years, he taught many to fly, including one Major Hugh Trenchard (later known as the Father of the RAF), and a quiet Australian named Harry Hawker, who he had hired to assist with engine maintenance. In 1912, depressed at the standard of aircraft in England, he discussed making his own design with his chief mechanic, Fred Sigrist, and pilot prodigy, Harry Hawker. They took the engine from their Bleriot, the wings from a Burgess Wright (no relation) biplane, chalked out a closed fuselage on the floor of their Brooklands shed, and created what for the times appears to be a surprisingly modern contrivance which they named the “Hybrid”, for obvious reasons. The Royal Navy bought the Hybrid and, buoyed by the sale, the three bought an ice skating rink for use as a factory and the Sopwith Aviation Company was born. The rest should be history, and for a time it was. With the outbreak of war, England was desperate for aircraft to meet the “Fokker Scourge”. Sopwith rose to the challenge with designs like the Pup, 1-1/2 Strutter, Camel, and Snipe. They also had a few less noteworthy craft, such as the Snail, and Rhino. Even the Sopwith Triplane was not a great success with only 152 built compared to 5,466 Strutters and 5,747 Camels. But the winners made up for the duds and in total, Sopwith manufactured some 18,000 aircraft during the 14-18 War, so what went wrong? Two things: the transition from war to peace and associated disinterest in aircraft, especially fighters, by the British Government, and a wondrously short-sighted decision by the British Treasury to demand repayment of “excess war profits”. To protect his creditors, Sopwith placed the company in voluntary liquidation with an excess of assets over liabilities of some £279,120. That was 1920. In the same year, Sopwith, Hawker, Sigrist, and a new partner, VW Eyre (a sailing partner of Sopwith), put up £5,000 each to start a new company named “HG Hawker Engineering Co Ltd”—Harry Hawker having recently gained extensive public recognition for Page 12
a flight across the Atlantic from west to east which nearly succeeded, ditching just short of the Irish coast—so the new firm’s name capitalized on Hawker’s name, and fame. The author recounts the early tribulations of HG Hawker Engineering as they kept cash flowing by making motorcycles and spares for Sopwith aircraft, but sought aeroplane design and manufacture as their ultimate goal. Also detailed is Managing Director Sopwith’s hiring of a young ex-aeromodeller called Sydney Camm. Camm, we should know, went on to design a few well known kites such as the Hawker Hart, Hind, Demon, Nimrod, Fury, Hurricane, Typhoon, Tempest, Sea Fury, Sea Hawk, Hunter, and Harrier, all under the overall management of Tom Sopwith. Also detailed, are Sopwith’s canny acquisitions. Faced in 1963 with a name change and feeling that “Hawker Gloster deHavilland Avro Blackburn Armstrong Whitworth Aircraft Co Ltd” may be a trifle unwieldy on the firm’s letterhead, “Hawker Siddeley Aviation” was adopted. This firm was to continue until 1977 when another British Government decided to nationalize the aircraft industry. I’ve omitted a lot of ins and outs and exploits that are detailed in the book, such as Sopwith almost taking the America’s Cup in 1934—quote of the day: Britannia rules the waves. but America waives the rules (p144). Through it all, Tom Sopwith comes across as a highly intelligent, softly spoken gentleman of extraordinary talent, with the ability to choose the right man for the job, then get out of his way. Being an authorised biography, the author had full access to Sir Tom (who died on January 27, 1989, just nine days after his 101st birthday), so the book contains a lot of quotes and anecdotes from Sopwith, Camm, and others. Typical of these is the following exchange which took place during Sopwith’s 1934 America’s Cup challenge: “...I forget whether the race was won or lost—and I was very tired. And a motor launch came up alongside with a party of four or five people on board and a dog. And the fellow at the helm looked up at me and he said, “You Sopwith?” I said yes. He said, “I’m Fokker.” I said, “Christ! Come on board and have a drink.”” Of the two questions I posed at the start of this review, you should now have an idea of why Sopwith aircraft disappeared—it didn’t, just the name changed—but what of the other? Why do aircraft “taxi”? Well, according to our author, around 1910, motorized carriages began to replace horse-drawn cabs and some idiotic officials decided to name them “Taximeter-motor Cabriolets”. One DG Gilmour, a noted aviation pioneer of the day, abbreviated the term and applied it to aircraft manoeuvring on the ground. There being no dual control aircraft at that time, pilots under training were taught to “taxi” at increasing speed until they gained sufficient speed and confidence to chance a first take-off. Now you know.
How many of the Sopwith designs can you identify here?. Theres the “Camel”, “Pup” , “Strutter” ,” Triplane , and the “Dove”. Page 14
Now in its second decade! Saturday 16th june
control line all day at the Radio field
From Maryborough, start out on the Tin Can Bay road, over the bridge and then Right at lights to Tin Can Bay. The field adjoins the road, on the left, about 5 - 10 klms from town, although it may be closer. Look for models on your left!
2 circles, no waiting!
So Fly the Pants off it!
Sunday 17th june
All free flight held at the free flight field
Get building, 5 weeks!
If you don’t know the way, contact Pieter de visser
Free Flight Precision and general flying of free flight models FREE FLIGHT PRECISION NOW WITH SIMPLIFIED RULES: Fly first (best morning air) then judge later. No ROG as per last year’s competitors request. Three flights to get as close to 45 seconds, minimum 30sec to qualify and model must glide to landing. No radio DT, electronic timers or electric motors. These have an unfair advantage and of course BOM. Judging is simple, best model is placed on the left down to the least to the right. Ties are placed behind each other and flight and static are added, lowest score wins. So if you get the second best flight time you get a score of 2. If you get third best in static you get a 3. so 2+3=5. Best in flying and static? 1+1=2 you win! Please remember the maryborough gathering is primarily a “fun” weekend to enjoy time with fellow aeromodellers
The following information concerns the Control line Championships.... Yes it is on The events listed below as you can see have been split up . Since the Control Line State Champs was never officially cancelled, (that is, by vote of the Committee), it is therefore still an MAAQ sanctioned event. The good news is that it will go ahead, although in a revised format, which holds the possibility for some positive outcomes which may be built on in the future.
Queensland Control Line State Championships 2012. Venue
Vintage Stunt Classic Stunt F2B
Fri & Sat & Sun 15/16/17 June 2012
Nats Slow Goodyear Mouse Race
Sun 29th July 2012
Combined Speed Vintage A Classic B
Sun 5th Aug 2012
Stand Off Scale Z Class F2A F2C Open Rat
Sat & Sun 22/23 Sept 2012
F2D Combat 2.5 Slow Combat 2.5 Rat Team Race Bendix Team Race
Sat & Sun 20/21 Oct 2012
WINGS RATINGS TO 30th MAY, 2012 The following table is a list of pilots who have achieved their wings ratings as at 30th May. On behalf of the President, SFI and Committee members, Congratulations and well done. If your name should not be on this list yet and you feel it should be, please don’t be too concerned. It takes time for these forms to reach me for processing and sometimes these times can stretch out a bit. Once received, they are usually done within a week. Barry. AUS
74887 41643 75147 53662 73238 7708 25765 75127
70552 7868 68641 75023 74990 75204 70250 75226 75257 75256 75259 62437 75026 65277 75237 75187 75207 75247 74946 75008 75038 37209 75281 75085 75189 75228 75042 75225
ANDREW WEAVER ADAM CRAMB NATHAN KUSLER DAVID McCARRON PAUL SCIUTO STEPHEN BEECHAM GLENN BAYNES ANTHONY BUTCHER
JASON MILEY MARK DILLON CALLUM DILLON SHANE ANNING GRAHAM HILL STEPHEN BENNET JOEL GREATZ HUONG (PAUL) PHAM PATRICK TOOHEY ALLAN MARTIN BRADLEY ANDERSON PETER MILLS TIANA MATTHEWS STEVEN SMYTH CALLUM CARTIS KIM HERD CAMERON ROBINSON ROLAND SMITH NATHAN GRAMS NATHAN HOLLOWAY DAVID TREWARTHA MICHAEL SAMPSON TOBY HILLBOM STUART MARTIN TERRY LESTER COLIN GIBSON KEENAN PEARCE SHANE HERBEL
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HELI FIXED FIXED GLIDER FIXED HELI HELI HELI FIXED FIXED FIXED FIXED FIXED FIXED FIXED FIXED GLIDER FIXED HELI FIXED HELI FIXED FIXED GLIDER FIXED FIXED FIXED FIXED
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KEN ANNING MALCOLM HUGHES JASON WARRINGTON COLIN GILLESPIE LORENZO DALLA-POZZA ROLAND ZACHER DAVID ROGERS KENNETH BIRD
ROY CONOMOS ASHLEIGH WILDE SCOTT MINNIS DAN IMHOFF MATTHEW FINLAY NATHAN GRAMS ANTHONY BROWN PETER CHAFFEY PETER DIPPELSMAN GEOFF YATES JEFFREY JAMES BEAN JACK REID NICHOLAS TATE WILLIAM CRUZ PETER KIRK PETER DAHL MATTHEW REHBEIN MICHAEL LEW GEOFF GEORGE NICHOLAS HARRIS PETER CHAFFEY PAUL DUNCAN JOCK NIELSEN RICHARD BOOTH JON BLACKWELL JACK HICKEY CAMERON ROBINSON
RATING GLIDER FIXED FIXED HELI HELI FIIXED FIXED FIXED
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QUEENSLANDERS TRAVELLING SOUTH AND WEST TO PERTH FOR 65th NATIONALS. This trip was my third across the Nullabor by road, the first (I think was in 1956/7), the second to the Busselton Nats in 2001 and the last one in April this year and how things have changed over the course of time. However this article is not so much about the Nationals but more about the trip and how it is not so difficult to arrange and complete. In fact I cannot see why most modelers say it is too far to go. Late last year one of my CLASI club members, Trent McDermott, asked me if I was interested in driving over with him in his Holden utility to attend the Nationals (as he knew I intended to go anyway). To transport some 35 C/L models of Trent’s plus my two Pulse Jet Speed models takes up a lot of space, so once again my lightweight lockup model trailer was pressed into service for a second trip across the Nullabor. I suggested going via Melbourne and using the Victorian C/L Championships at Easter as a warm up for Perth. With the odometer set to zero we left Ipswich at 4.10AM on Wednesday 4th April travelling down the Cunningham Highway and passing through the now nearly completed Cunningham Gap section of road which keeps on getting more user friendly each time I head south. We stopped over for petrol and breakfast at Goondiwindi, heading south now on the Newell Highway for lunch and petrol at Dubbo, before arriving at Wagga Wagga at 6.50PM for an overnight stop over. Distance 1224 kms. Driving time, 13hrs 20. A long way to go yet to our destination in Perth. Generally speaking the intention for the whole trip was to each drive for about two hours and change over, though sometimes we drove for up to 3.5 hours at a time. We set out at 8AM from Wagga, cross country to get on to the Hume Highway travelling through Albury towards Melbourne, had a quick stop for breakfast and arrived at the C/L club site at Frankston ,Victoria at 1.30PM, then checked into our motel near the beach about 10 minutes from field. Distance 499 kms, Driving time 4 hrs 55. The competition events held over the Easter weekend were as usual keenly contested and well supported with good entries in all racing classes, however there were only four entries in F2B Stunt which was won by Mark Ellins, better known as the current F2C World Champion (with pilot Rob Fitzgerald) “Murphy” visited Trent and I several times in the team race events, though there was an upside to this however, as a few niggling problems were able to be fixed before the Nationals. He combined with Harry Hailey in the F2F T/R event to place second in a class field and did well in the F2D Combat event placing third. Victoria is the place to go if you want First class C/L competition and as usual the events were well organized and concluded with a presentation night on Sunday, a feature of this night was a raffle of goodies donated by various model suppliers with Trent and myself scoring well. Monday competition was washed out due to torrential rain and gale force winds lashing Page 18
southern Victoria, so we repacked the trailer ready for an early departure the next morning. With a target arrival of Perth in three days maximum, it would be necessary to drive approximately 1250 kms each day at least for a couple of days, so we departed Frankston at 3.30 AM headed towards Adelaide and beyond. Quick petrol and meal stops combined allowed us to drive to Kimba in South Australia by 6.10 PM (5.40 SA time) where we bedded down for the night at the local after a good cheap pub meal washed down with a few schooners of South Australian ale. Distance 1238 kms and 13.5 hrs drive time. Wednesday 11th was another early start from Kimba at 3.30am so we would get across the Nullabor in mostly daylight, stopping for breakfast and petrol ($2.06 per litre) then with a couple more stops for food and petrol before bedding down for the night in a very old pub at Coolgardie Western Australia ($50 for the night for a twin room) and again a good pub cheap meal after a long day. Distance 1675 kms and 16 hours driving. The final hop from Coolgardie to my son Kim’s house at Heathridge just north of Perth was uneventful taking 6 hours to travel the 572 Kms., and thus we arrived the day before Registration. Travelling with a trailer the legal speed limit in WA is reduced to 100kms from 110. I did manage to nearly miss a dingo doing slight damage to the front bumper panel, though we saw lots of dead kangaroos on the way, also other wild life including camels, wombats and emus wandering round. As for the Nationals, the weather was great, competition was very keen, the organization was excellent as in the past, the competitors (including some from Singapore) were all very friendly, the dinner was excellent and the C/L Queenslanders present picked up some loot. I am not sure about the results of other disciplines but I can comment on the C/L results. Trent paired up with Bruce Bellis (WA) for a Second place in F2F T/R and teamed up with Rod Williams from DMAC to pick up Third place in Classic B T/R after a fuel tube split at shutoff during the final. He also competed in F2D, Open, and Vintage Combat as well as Bendix, Vintage A and Goodyear T/R events but again “Murphy “struck. I would expect that with all the little problems ironed out that Trent and father Mark will fare much better when they head south for the NSW C/L State Championships on the June long weekend. It is a fact of life that at the present time there is little or no serious team racing in Queensland, but with some of the training programs currently in place, it is hoped this situation will improve in the future, and Queenslanders will not be forced to travel over the border all the time to compete. Joe Parisi took the honours in F2B Expert Stunt and Barry Frederickson from Rocky scored a very credible 3064.4 points in his second Nationals for this event, also placing fourth in Vintage Stunt. I would expect Barry to do well in the upcoming Queensland C/L Championships to be held for the first time at Maryborough in mid June. However it will be difficult for him to beat Joe Parisi who has in the past competed in the World and American Championships. Combined Speed attracted 7 competitors though there only Andrew Heath and Murray Wilson flew IC F2A models, Andrew recording the best time in this class with a run of 13.00 276.92KPH. There were 5 competitors in Jet Speed with the First place in Stock Jet taken by Rob Fry with a run of 153.52 MPH just beating Andrew Robinson from NZ who did 152.87 MPH. Page 19
I picked up third place clocking 146.52 MPH after selecting a wrong jet size (went the wrong way). Due to the fact other competitors in Open Jet had problems,I managed to place Second using my Stock Jet on 80/20 fuel running longer heavier lines as required under the MAAA rules. Speed down some 80 MPH under Andrew (to be expected) . However the highlight of the Speed Day was a mind blowing, earth shattering,ear splitting 210.04 MPH by Andrew Robinson (NZ) with his Fast Jet on hot fuel. You can see and hear this flight on Youtube at http://www.youtube.com/ watch?v=fRimWv63rLc Don’t miss it, absolutely awesome! “Murphy” again, I lent my Shoestring Bendix to Rod Williams and Andrew Robinson to fly as I was teamed up with Trent. Unfortunately Andrew put it in the deck whist two laps in front in the heat and although they tried furiously to repair same in between races, it was all to no avail. However that’s racing! All in all a fantastic Nationals in Perth and it was well worth the trip to the west. Saturday after the completion of competition and dinner was spent sightseeing the coast line near Perth and repacking the trailer for the trip back home. We departed Perth at 5.30 AM Sunday 22nd April and as there was not such a great urgency to meet a deadline we arrived back at Ipswich on Thursday 26th at 11.30 AM, taking it easy at about 1000 kms per day. The return journey was via Port Augusta, Peterborough, Broken Hill along the Barrier H/Way to Nyngan to Gilgandra then back up the Newell to Goondiwindi, across to Warwick then Ipswich. Overall total distance travelled was 10,600 kms and the petrol bill came to $2162. I have included a number of pictures which I hope will be of interest, though not so many of models which can be found in abundance on various sites. On a final note, the roads are all great now, a far cry from the twin dirt tracks the first time I traversed the Nullabor. It is a great experience EVERYONE should do at least once in their lifetime. John D.Taylor
Welcome to the Western Australian Nationals. All the following photos have been kindly provided by our travelling reporter John Taylor .
This is the closest you will get to see the ocean from the Nullabor.
Hard stand at Whiteman Park.
Andrew Robinsonâ€™s 210 mph jet model in background & Uprite model in foreground
Are we there yet? Which Way? How far have we got to go ?
Finalists in Classic B Team Race
Above: Rod Williams DMAC & Andrew Robinson with John Taylors Bendix model, crashed while leading in the Bendix heat. To the left: Trent & Bruce Bellis second place in F2F. Page 22
Some well known “oldies” cut judging the “vintage combat “ event.
Approaching the “Nullabor”
The ‘Nullabor” Model Trailer and the Ute near the emergency Flying Doctor landing strip on the road.
Border Villiage in South Australia
John Walker, John Taylor & Rob Fry setting John Taylorâ€™s jet on its way .
Mouth racing at the dinner . Flyers discuss events,mishaps and mayhem from the days events.
Under the bonnet of a vintage Team racer .
Five members of the SIG Pulse Jet Aeromodellers Association of Australia
Team race control tower
Mark Ellis with his F2B stunter at the Western Australian Nationals
John Taylor presenting the Brian Burke Memorial Trophy to B Ellis .
Andrew Heath doing a pull test on F2A model, Steve Walton checking .
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